Bad Country

5.81 h 44 min2014X-RayR
In 1983, a veteran Baton Rouge detective, Bud Carter (Willem Dafoe), infiltrates the most powerful criminal enterprise in the South. After taking down it's top lieutenant and contract killer, Jesse Weiland (Matt Dillon), the detective convinces him to become an informant. Jesse sets out to help bring down the entire organization, including its architect, Lutin (Tom Berenger).
Chris Brinker
Willem DafoeMatt DillonTom Berenger
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Amy Smart
Kevin Chapman
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4.2 out of 5 stars

2346 global ratings

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  2. 21% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 16% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
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Ama-zonaReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Dafoe is great, Dillon is good - Berenger is acceptable
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This movie is definitely better than a 5.5 - probably as good as a 7 at times. Had potential to be a really terrific movie - the director missed the mark. Good acting by Dafoe and Dillon, I especially liked Dafoe who I felt was immersed in his role so well I forgot it was him. He brought realness to that gritty detective he was playing. There is a good story line, predictable but an interesting night at the movies. I feel Dillon did well but I do not think his character was as fleshed out as it could have been and didn't come across as the contract hit man for the brotherhood that he was playing. It wasn't because of his acting, it was more because of the script and how they presented Jesse Weiland in all his scenes. At one point alluding to he had taken a break from hits to theft type crimes - that still wasn't a good explanation why they didn't spend more time building up the Weiland character to come across as a menacing thug. He was way too likeable, and even the Detective Carter appeared to like him. I mean you can slap a whole bunch of Arian brotherhood tattoos on someone and that isn't what is going to make him that character. All in all a good effort, but they should have dug a little deeper, it was there in their hands they could have had an outstanding movie.
9 people found this helpful
Russell SReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Bad Country, Good Movie
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Let's start with what a great cast we have here. Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, Neal McDonough, Amy Smart and an almost unrecognizable Tom
Berenger. Great acting jobs by all. Matt Dillon is a convict who turns state evidence and is telling on all the Louisiana big wig crooks. They don't like that. He goes undercover and well....lots of bad things happen. Willem is the local cop trying to get him a fair shake so he can spend time with his wife and child. Lots of action and I won't tell anymore because I would be giving too much away. We do have the usual federal lunkheads who will and usually do mess things up.
7 people found this helpful
J. R SategnaReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie with excellent acting
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This is an excellent film, with great actors in it. It keeps you interested and is never slow and boring. I RECOMMEND LOVERS OF ACTION DRAMA AND GREAT PLOT TO SEE THIS FILM.
3 people found this helpful
jnakiReviewed in the United States on February 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
a good movie with a predictable outcome
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this was a movie that moves well, but the final outcome is fairly predictable. the stars were pretty good, but as usual, the feds are complete idiots with their own agendas. the bad guys were really bad and their outcome is also predictable. the movie moves well, but are all people in power clueless as to the right way to do things? wilem dafoe looks like he did back 30 years ago. he hasn't changed much as he looked old in platoon and he is the same in this movie. acting...he has always been great. as for matt dillon, his role made him not recognizable at first. a good movie with a predictable outcome
4 people found this helpful
JraptorReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Bad acting, horrible accents; watchable at best
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What a lifeless movie. I am not sure why, so I will blame the director. The actors walk through their lines and their accents are HORRIBLE. Berringer is the worst, switching from Irish to Brooklyn to standard California style...good lord! It's nothing to do with watching it, or enduring the dialogue, or being so vacuous we just cannot understand it; it's just a really dead movie. They even do a quick homage to Platoon, where Beringer has a push dagger like he did when he and Dafoe were in that movie. So many missed opportunities here it's just sad.
Watchable, but you will see what it wanted to be, but couldn't.
3 people found this helpful
WMD55Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Southern Brawl, Y'all
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Sometimes taut, sometimes silly, this was an enjoyable movie I chose because it takes place in Baton Rouge/South Louisiana, where I used to live. Dafoe and Dillon give sharp and world-weary performances (although Dillon has to wear a too-phony-looking mustache). Tom Berringer, as a crooked Southern “aristocrat” sports an on/off bayou accent, but looks great as a plantation owner. The shootouts are totally improbable and the end is muddy, but it was an interesting diversion. I think Matt Dillon has really come along well as an actor; wish he’d get more big, unusual parts.
2 people found this helpful
maggieReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Slow, B movie.
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I just could not even get past the first 15 minutes. Questionable acting or just really bad dialogue, IDK. Regrettful purchase.
That NOLA DudeReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
Bad Louisiana accents ruined the whole movie
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I only gave this movie 2 stars. The plot was actually decent, but the main thing was the horrible acting. Tom Berenger's attempt at a south Louisiana accent hurt my ears it was so bad. It would have been BETTER had he just not tried any accent at all and talked in his normal voice. Whenever he spoke, I couldn't tell if the accent was just THAT bad, or if he was actually doing some Adam Sandler type of accent from "The Waterboy" and make fun of Louisianians. Regardless, it ruined the entire movie for me.
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