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No Country for Old Men

Released 2007
Distributor Miramax Films

Javier Bardem enters the pantheon of formidable movie monsters as the implacable killing machine on the prowl for his $2 million. Not since Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter has an actor made evil so unsettling. Widely acclaimed as one of the most accomplished films of its era; nonethless, some audiences found it impenetrable. The Coen Bros. take liberties with Cormac McCarthy’s novel, particularly at the end, but their Oscar-winner found broad acceptance despite its pervasive air of bleak tragedy.

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About John Badham

John Badham, is the director of Saturday Night Fever, War Games, Stakeout, Short Circuit and Point of No Return, among others, as well as the TV series, Nikita, Heroes, Psych, The Shield and Criminal Minds. A Professor of Media Arts at Chapman University, his book “I’ll Be In My Trailer” has become the go-to source on directors working with Actors.   September 2013 will see the publication of his new book “John Badham on Directing”.