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Summary: 14 year-old Ellis (Tye Sheridan) lives on a makeshift houseboat on the banks of a river in Arkansas with his parents, Mary Lee (Sarah Paulson) and Senior (Ray McKinnon). He sneaks out early one morning to meet his best friend, Neckbone (Jacob Lofland). Neckbone, also 14, lives with his uncle, Galen (Michael Shannon), who makes a hardscrabble living diving for oysters. The two boys set out to an island on the Mississippi River, where Neckbone has discovered an unusual sight-a boat, suspended high in the trees, a remnant of an extreme flood some time in the past. They climb the tree and into the boat only to find fresh bread and fresh footprints. Realizing that they are not the only ones who have discovered the treehouse boat, they decide to leave. When they reach the shore, they find the same footprint in their boat. And that's when they meet Mud (Matthew McConaughey). Mud is a gritty, superstitious character; his clothes are dirty, his tooth is cracked, and he needs help. He tells the boys he will give them the treehouse boat, his current hideout, in exchange for food. Neckbone is reluctant, but Ellis brings food to Mud, and they develop a tentative friendship. Ellis learns that Mud has killed a man in Texas, and police and bounty hunters are looking for him, but Mud is more concerned about reuniting with his longtime love, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Ellis, who has recently developed his own crush, agrees to help Mud escape with Juniper. Ellis and Neckbone carry out bold schemes in an effort to protect Mud and relay messages to Juniper, who is holed up in a fleabag motel, under constant surveillance by Carver (Paul Sparks), a Texas bounty hunter. Carver and his gang are intent on capturing Mud, on orders from the cold-blooded King (Joe Don Baker). As the boys risk everything to reunite these seeming mythical lovers, Ellis's own ideas about love and romance are challenged by the strains in the relationships closest to him: his parents' marriage is dissolving while he himself falters in his efforts to impress May Pearl (Bonnie Sturdivant). Through it all, Ellis struggles to look for an example of love that he can believe in, learning about the unspoken rules and risks of love and the reality of heartbreak.
Runtime: 130 min
Rating: Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual references, language, thematic elements and smoking
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Production: Everest Entertainment
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Aug 6, 2013
Director Credit
Jeff Nichols Director
Writer Credit
Jeff Nichols Written By
Principal Cast Credit
Jacob Lofland Neckbone
Matthew McConaughey Mud
Michael Shannon Galen
Reese Witherspoon Juniper
Sam Shepard Tom Blankenship
Sarah Paulson Mary Lee
Tye Sheridan Ellis
Cast Credit
Bonnie Sturdivant May Pearl
Clayton Carson Pryor
Dalton Gray Himself
Douglas Ligon Motel Clerk
Jacob Lofland Neckbone
Joe Don Baker King
John Ward Jr. Galen's Helper
Johnny Cheek Kyle
Kristy Barrington Princess
Lauren Lee Additional Dialogue
Matthew McConaughey Mud
Michael Abbott Jr. James
Michael Shannon Galen
Paul Sparks Carver
Ray McKinnon Senior
Reese Witherspoon Juniper
Sam Shepard Tom Blankenship
Sarah Paulson Mary Lee
Stuart Greer Miller
Tye Sheridan Ellis
Producer Credit
Aaron Ryder Producer
Gareth Smith Executive Producer
Glen Basner Executive Producer
Lisa Maria Falcone Producer
Michael Flynn Executive Producer
Morgan Pollitt Associate Producer
Sarah Green Producer
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