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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Spotlight: No Country for Old Men (2007)

The Coen Bros.' critically acclaimed book-adaptation No Country for Old Men is among the front-runners for Best Film at this year's Academy Awards. The dark, moody and violent Western topped many critics lists for 2007, but never quite gained the mainstream traction Miramax was hoping for. Opening with $7.7m in its first weekend of wide release, the film has run off with $45.7 million in North America, sneaking past O' Brother Where Art Thou?'s $45.5 million to make it the highest grossing Coen Brothers film ever. No Country will almost surely get a big boost during the Awards season, and could hang around long enough to finish with over $80 million domestically.

Starring Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin, No Country took top honors at the Critics Choice Awards, which also awarded Spanish star Javier Bardem with best supporting actor. As an aside, No Country was without a doubt the best film I saw of 2007.

Budget: $12-17m
Opening weekend: $1.2m
Total Gross: $44.9m

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