Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Synopsis

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Academy Awards
Won: Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell)
Nominated: 
Best Picture,
Best Supporting Actor in a Supporting Role (Woody Harrelson) Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing

BAFTA Awards
Won:
 Best Leading Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Original Screenplay, Best Film, Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Outstanding British Film of the Year.  

Nominated: 
Best Supporting Actor (Woody Harrelson), Best Cinematography, Best Editing

Critics Views

“Those familiar with McDonagh’s work will be unsurprised to learn that Three Billboards is a bold and showboating affair, robustly drawn and richly written; a violent carnival of small-town American life. Yet it has a big, beating heart, even a rough-edged compassion for its brawling inhabitants.” The Guardian

“It all makes for soaringly satisfying viewing, yet the satisfaction comes from blistering performances and virtuosic screenwriting, and absolutely nothing else.” The Telegraph

“The ability to balance extreme violence, emotional substance to chew on and black comedy has been evident in McDonagh’s work since In Bruges. There, he struggled to completely marry them together, but here he finds a way to keep things on track. No moment, it seems, is too horrific for humour, a stance that particularly suits Rockwell’s ability to shift from comedy to danger and on to tragedy in the space of a few lines of dialogue.” Eye for Film

Film Rating

IMDb
 Critics: 88%  Audience 83%

Rotten Tomatoes
All Critics positive review 92%  All Critics score 85% Audience liked it 82%%

Stockbridge Audience: 91%

No. of responses:-
Excellent 91
Good 32
Average 4
Poor 1
Very Poor 1

Date: Wednesday 23 May

Time: 4.30pm and 7.30pm

Length:  1hr 55mins

Genre: Drama Comedy Crime

Director: Martin McDonagh

WritersMartin McDonagh

Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

Rating: 15
Very strong language, strong violence, sex references

Video Trailer

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