Promised Land

December 28th 2012
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 140 min,
  • Focus Features
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Rosemarie DeWitt , Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Hal Holbrook, Scoot McNairy, Lucas Black, Titus Welliver, Tim Guinee, Terry Kinney, Sara Lindsey, Johnny Cicco, Lennon Wynn, Kristin Slaysman, Rosemary Howard, John W. Iwanonkiw, Joe Coyle, Carla Bianco, Max Schuler, Lexi Cowan, Karen Baum, Jennifer Obed, Dan Anders, Andrew Kuebel, Frank Conforti, Troy Bogdan, Leo Lacher, Cain Alexander, Jonny Hoffman, Jesse Petrulak
  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Writers: John Krasinski, Matt Damon, Dave Eggers
  • Producer: Chris Moore
  • Co Producers: Mike Sablone, Drew Vinton
  • Associate Producer: Isabel Freer
  • Executive Producers: Jonathan King, Ron Schmidt, Jeff Skoll
  • Art Direction: Gregory A. Weimerskirch
  • Costume Design: Juliet Polcsa
  • D.O.P.: Linus Sandgren
  • Editor: Billy Rich
  • Makeup: Kelley Mitchell
  • Music: Danny Elfman
  • Production Design: Daniel B. Clancy
  • Set Decoration: Rebecca Brown


In Promised Land, Matt Damon stars as Steve Butler, a corporate salesman whose journey from farm boy to big-time player takes an unexpected detour when he lands in a small town, where he grapples with a surprising array of both open hearts and closed doors. Gus Van Sant helms the film from an original screenplay written by John Krasinski & Matt Damon, from a story by Dave Eggers.

Steve has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand). The town has been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, and the two consummate sales executives see McKinley’s citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer – for drilling rights to their properties – as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job and a short stay for the duo becomes complicated – professionally by calls for community-wide consideration of the offer by respected schoolteacher Frank Yates (Academy Award nominee Hal Holbrook) and personally by Steve’s encounter with Alice (Rosemarie DeWitt). When Dustin Noble (John Krasinski), a slick environmental activist, arrives, suddenly the stakes, both personal and professional, rise to the boiling point.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA; Pennsylvania, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Language
  • Production Budget: $15 million
  • Production Companies: Focus Features, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Participant Media, Pearl Street Films
  • Production Schedule: April 2012 - May 2012

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 7 February 2013: Netherlands
  • 28 February 2013: Greece
  • 19 April 2013: UK
  • 2 May 2013: New Zealand