Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

DVD - 2018
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After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon, an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA Thr
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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WON: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Sam Rockwell) NOMINATED FOR: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Woody Harrelson) Best Film Editing, Best Music (Original Score), Best Writing (Original Screenplay).

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Oct 11, 2018

As a big fan of the Coen brothers I have always liked Frances McDormand in many roles and this is another one. Right from the start I was into this flick and it kept me entertained, sure there was lots of swearing and violence but in this case it comes with the territory. As much as it moved along at a good clip for such a dark movie I also found myself amused at certain scenes. I won't go into the characters and personalities but I will say the ending left me with an empty feeling and of course a sense of wondering. I wouldn't say its a must see, but I would recommend it.

Oct 11, 2018

Like Fargo, this film has some very funny deadpan scenes mixed in to lessen more serious emotions. The characters are somewhat stereotypic but the acting is excellent. There's also violence and language not suitable for kids. I enjoyed it despite the disappointing ending.

Oct 09, 2018

An acclaimed and deeply problematic film from Irish playwright turned director Martin McDonagh, whose pervious films, "Seven Psychopaths" and "In Bruges" I enjoyed. Set in a fictional Missouri town, McDonagh's characters are more types than anything, and it's only the actors who bring the one dimensional caricatures to life, but even they can't save it. You've got vengeful mother (Frances McDormand), good cop (Woody Harrelson), bad cop (Sam Rockwell), and assorted stereotypical townspeople (ex-husband, ex-husband's young girlfriend, angry son). The plot is very schematic, and McDonagh strains to imbue depth and meaning. The presence of McDormand will only remind of the far superior films of the Coen Brothers. Also, do we, in 2017, really need stories of white racist cops finding redemption? Perhaps last year's most over praised and polarizing film.

Aug 24, 2018

I thought the movie was interesting for the first 20 minutes, then it descended into an abyss of confusion and violence. Later it became clear that the author and writers could not come up with an ending to the movie, so as has become the Hollywood style, it abruptly ended with nothing. I've seen all of the nominated movies for best picture of 2017, and have realized the Actor's Guild have been spending too much time drinking out of the toilet and having the lid fall on their collective heads.

Aug 22, 2018

Waste of time! Plot is intriguing at first, but then it goes nowhere. Acting is okay, not an academy award caliber on any actors part! The premise is based on the lack of police investigation of a daughters brutal murder, hence the three billboards. However, we never find out about the daughter or what happens. You are left hanging at the end with this stupid road trip to kill a guy who did not kill the daughter! Ugh!!!!!

Better to watch paint dry then to waste oxygen breathing than to watch this movie! IMVHO!

Aug 19, 2018

Frances is always so good and believeable. I read on Wikipedia how the idea for the movie came about. I liked the movie, but was not keen on the ending. This movie reminded me of the movies Seven Psychopaths, Fargo and In Bruges. Wacky kinda movies.

Aug 14, 2018

I really didn't care for the characters in this movie, or the movie as a whole.

Aug 14, 2018

Well acted and written film, with some faults that made it that much lesser-of-a-film. It may have been trying to create the character of a small town, but I also found that the grieving mother's anger towards the local police, went over-the-top, as well as the course language.
There were a couple of other minor glitches, but was impressed with the character development and acting, which wasted no time in getting into the grief of the parent, and the frustration of a cold case.

Aug 12, 2018

Another slow moving moving that really made no sense. I don't see what all the hubbub was at the Oscars for this movie......was of good actors on a bad script

Aug 10, 2018

Very good. Sam Rockwell is excellent. But I think the McDormand character goes overboard in her anger.

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Oct 11, 2018

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Jun 23, 2018

jdonohue thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

May 28, 2018

Lucik32 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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May 28, 2018

Violence: throughout the movie

May 28, 2018

Coarse Language: almost in every sentence

Mar 14, 2018

Coarse Language: Present throughout the film


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Mar 18, 2018

Real-life story of the father who inspired the Oscar-nominated film Three Billboards with his messages to the 'corrupt' police who 'botched' the case of his raped and strangled daughter (and it's not in Missouri)


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Mar 18, 2018

Many many quotes including racial slurs in IMDb already. Thanks to the posters who shared them:

Lyrics to the "Last Rose Of Summer":
'Tis the last rose of summer left blooming alone
All her lovely companions are faded and gone
No flower of her kindred, no rosebud is nigh
To reflect back her blushes and give sigh for sigh

I'll not leave thee, thou lone one, to pine on the stem
Since the lovely are sleeping, go sleep thou with them
Thus kindly I scatter thy leaves o'er the bed
Where thy mates of the garden lie scentless and dead

So soon may I follow when friendships decay
And from love's shining circle the gems drop away
When true hearts lie withered and fond ones are flown
Oh who would inhabit this bleak world alone?
This bleak world alone

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