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]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA THREE BI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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LPL_TraciB Jun 30, 2018

In a word, this movie is intense! Some scenes were hard to watch, but it was a very well done movie. It was dark, and painful but touching in the redemption of some characters and relationships, even with the least-likely ones. It's not a movie for everyone, but I highly recommend it. It's no sur... Read More »


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eusebius
Apr 27, 2019

I did not enjoy this film, although some of my favourite actors are in it. There is too much polemic, having to do with race relations in Missouri, male chauvinism, police brutality and I don't know what else. The midget from Game of Thrones is in the cast, to show how callously the disabled are treated; it's a pity he has so little to do because he's a good actor.
At times I thought I was watching a Monty Python sketch, so loony was the action. A character with a beef against the police throws Molotov cocktails at the police station--really! I just felt sorry for Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and all the other good actors in this lumpish movie.

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howeshound
Apr 24, 2019

Frances McDormand playing Olive Kitteridge, again, Woody Harrelson playing Woody Harrelson, a script that's hilarious when it's trying to be serious, pathetic when it's trying to be funny, acting that reflects sitcom characters not people, all larded over with language that seems to be designed to produce a certain ambience, a sort of low-life, hick setting but manages to sound only like a trashy, self-published attempt at a novel. A complete misfire.

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akirakato
Mar 14, 2019

Written, directed and produced by Martin McDonagh in 2017, this dark crime-drama delves into the struggle of a woman who calls attention to her daughter's unsolved rape and murder.
Although some people consider this as a dark comedy, I cannot find anything that much funny.
Superb are the performances of the veteran actors---Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.
However, the script appears ill-contrived with an unfinished ending.

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Janice21383
Jan 31, 2019

Although Three Billboards generally received high ratings, when it first came out, a group of audience members and critics who should have known better lost their collective minds. What, a film with some racist characters set in the U.S. South that was not About! Racism!? No black central character? No unmitigated baddies? No courtroom scene catharsis, like in A Time to Kill and To Kill a Mockingbird? While never quite admitting it, they were expecting predictable "good for you" Oscar bait. Another group refused to see it at all, because they assumed it WAS classic Oscar bait, and a simple-minded guilt trip about racism. Because Martin McDonagh, author of the Tony Award nominated The Pillowman and director of In Bruges is all about Oscar bling. Honestly, the slightest familiarity with his work would have told them to expect the unexpected. So if that sounds intriguing, pack those preconceptions away, and enjoy the brilliant Three Billboards. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell won Academy Awards, and they were well deserved.

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GroundSuppression
Jan 30, 2019

Film exceeded my expectations. dialogue from the film: "I was thinking 'bout those street gangs they had down in Los Angeles, those Crips and those Bloods? I was thinking about that buncha new laws they came up with, in the 1980's I think it was, to combat those street-gangs, those Crips and those Bloods. And, if I remember rightly, the gist of what those new laws were saying was if you join one of these gangs, and you're running with 'em, and down the block one night, unbeknownst to you, one of your fellow Crips, or your fellow Bloods, shoot up a place, or stab a guy, well then, even though you didn't know nothing about it, and even though you may've just been standing on a streetcorner minding your own business, what these new laws said was you're still culpable.
You're still culpable, by the very act of joining those Crips, or those Bloods, in the first place. Which got me thinking, Father, that whole type of situation is kinda like your Church boys, ain't it? You've got your collars, you've got your clubhouse, you're, for want of a better word, a gang. And if you're upstairs smoking a pipe and reading a bible while one of your fellow gang members is downstairs fucking an altar boy then, Father, just like those Crips, and just like those Bloods, you're culpable. Cos you joined the gang, man. And I don't care if you never did shit or you never saw shit or you never heard shit. You joined the gang. You're culpable. And when a person is culpable to altar-boy-fucking, or any kinda boy-fucking, I know you guys didn't really narrow that down, then they kinda forfeit the right to come into my house and say anything about me, or my life, or my daughter, or my billboards. (Martin McDonagh )

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gregeneral
Jan 26, 2019

don't mess with Mother love /// and also, this film actually challenges us to own what we condone. Throughout the challenge to passive denial cuts through for those with ears eyes and intellect to discern. A challenge to personal responsibility throughout. The message I got was, what are you condoning sitting passively by and denying any fault in the whatnot. You get it, I'm out, watch it and see if you squirm a little bit any parents out there? ........ love pce

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irene1157
Jan 05, 2019

loved the movie,would see it again.

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Peonygarden
Dec 31, 2018

I agree with the person who said ‘Just-So-Bad’. I think all of the actors were really trying, but the script didn’t give them a chance. They all started out overly stupid and then suddenly became wise and caring individuals? Huh? I don’t mind swearing when it serves a purpose, but the use of language here left me wondering why?
I’m not sure why this is billed as a dark comedy - I didn’t see any attempts at humor at all.
This was trying to be a Coen Brothers flick but fell way short.

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BookEMonster
Dec 20, 2018

Meh. Mostly watched it for McDormand and being set in MO, which it wasn't. There was almost no Missouri flavour to it, except McDormand's character, and only people from here will get that. Otherwise they should have just called it Three Billboards in Sylvia, NC. Neither script nor story is any good, just an amateur Coen Bros wanna be. The director and cast did a good job of overcoming the crappy story.

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aafleming
Dec 14, 2018

Just . . . so. . . bad. Clearly many people don't agree and think this is a GREAT movie. I just don't get it. This movie wanted to be Fargo, wanted it so bad, but failed miserably. Fargo had a crime and a lot of nutty people, but the nutty people were believable. Most of the people in this movie do things for no apparent reason. They are nutty not because it is an intrinsic part of their characters, but just so the movie can have nutty people in it. There is a little person in the movie (and he is constantly referred to as a "dwarf" or "midget") for no apparent reason. The old geezer police chief has an incredibly young wife with an English accent for no apparent reason. The ex-husband's young girlfriend is portrayed as embarrassingly stupid, again for no apparent reason. There are huge plot holes. Just for instance, does this town not have a city council or a mayor? Apparently the police and citizens are free to do exactly as they please with no outside interference and just solve their disputes with various acts of violence. Everybody gets mad at the mother for putting up the billboards because everybody loves the dying police chief. So why are he and the other cops so mad? They get more support from the town, not less, as a result of the billboards. The new police chief watches the "bad cop" throw a guy out a window and beat him almost to death and fires him but does not arrest him? The mother burns down the police station and a guy is horribly burned but the new police chief just takes the word of another citizen that he was with her at the time and doesn't investigate her any further? The "bad cop" gets a postmortem letter from the old police chief urging him to be a better person and immediately reforms? This extremely small and isolated town has a large gift shop which provides employment for the owner AND the mother? It costs $5000 a month to rent old falling-down billboards on a road nobody drives on? Etc., etc. etc.

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humbleworm
Oct 11, 2018

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May 28, 2018

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Lucik32
May 28, 2018

Violence: throughout the movie

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Lucik32
May 28, 2018

Coarse Language: almost in every sentence

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the_bookwyrm
Mar 14, 2018

Coarse Language: Present throughout the film

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jimg2000
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)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5316567/Real-life-murder-story-inspired-Three-Billboards-film.html

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jimg2000
Mar 18, 2018

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

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5027774/quotes/?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

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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