- Cast: Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan, Noah Taylor, Jason Clarke, Lew Temple, Chris McGarry, Ricky Muse, Eric Mendenhall, Randall Franks, Ron Clinton Smith, Alex Van, William J. Harrison, Bruce McKinnon, Joel Rogers, Duncan Nicholson, Trevor Alexander Mann, Darryl Booker, Toni Byrd, Jeff Braun, Courtney Penny, Ryleigh Kantorik, Ian Mazer
- Director: John Hillcoat
- Writer: Nick Cave
- Producers: Michael Benaroya, Megan Ellison, Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick
- Co Producers: John Allen, Clayton Young, Matthew Budman
- Executive Producers: Cassian Elwes, Scott Hanson, John Brooks Klingenbeck, Dany Wolf, Robert Ogden Barnum, Randy Manis, Laura Rister, Ben Sachs, Ted Schipper, Rachel Shane, Jason Blum
- Art Direction: Gershon Ginsburg
- Casting: Francine Maisler
- Costume Design: Margot Wilson
- D.O.P.: Benoît Delhomme
- Editor: Dylan Tichenor
- Makeup: Ken Diaz
- Musics: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
- Production Design: Chris Kennedy
- Set Decoration: Maria Nay
Gangster meets Western in "The Wettest County," the true story of the freewheelin' Bondurants brothers, bootlegging siblings taking the law into their own hands. This is the story of the rural hard-men that created the big city gangsters. Brazen and fearless, these young rebel brothers helped build the American Dream in this exuberant tale of what was to become crime's first major gold rush.
The youngest brother, Jack, fancies himself the next Al Capone; he dreams of sharp suits, guns, girls and fast cars, no matter the cost. Ambitious and impulsive, he takes the family's small-scale moonshining operation to the big leagues, to impress the gorgeous but off-limits Amish girl, Bertha.
The middle brother, Howard, is the brawling muscle – loyal but reckless – never one to turn down a taste of white lightning. And eldest brother, Forrest, reluctantly accepts the changing times with grace and grit, leading the family with strength of character and silent determination against the beginnings of corporate greed.
An enigmatic and stunning Maggie comes to town with a hidden past, igniting his passion and almost saving him in the process. As the Bondurants' legend grows, so too does the danger, and it's not long before the brothers must face the consequences of their transgressions, or rewrite the myth and the law themselves.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Georgia, USA
- MPAA Warning: Strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity
- Production Budget: $12 million
- Production Companies: Annapurna Pictures, Benaroya Pictures, Blum Hanson Allen Films, Pie Films Inc., Red Wagon Productions
- Production Schedule: 28 February 2011 - 21 April 2011
2012 Guide Analysis: "Delayed a year due to financing problems, production finally got underway early last year on this $70 million adaptation of Matt Bondurant's novel "The Wettest County in the World" which explores his own family of Virginian bootleggers during the Depression.
At the time of Prohibition, the Virginian area of Franklin County was dubbed the 'Moonshine Capital of the World' with an estimated 99% of residents involved in some way in the then illegal liquor trade. The book focused on a series of events and a trial regarding the illicit activity.
It's a well regarded book, but the anticipation here for a lot of people is the re-teaming of director John Hillcoat and scribe Nick Cave who previously worked together on the award-winning 2005 Australian western "The Proposition". Like that film, the tone is said to be quite graphic in its display of the brutality and sadistic behavior of the era.
The cast is superb including Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke and Shia LaBeouf as the three Bondurant brothers along with Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Dane DeHaan in supporting roles. In fact many are wondering if this could be a potential awards contender for next year - we'll see."