Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water Information

Hell or High Water is a 2016 American heist crime film directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan. The script is the winner of the 2012 Black List. It is about two brothers who plan a bank robbery to save their family farm. The film stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges. Filming began on May 26, 2015 in Clovis, New Mexico.

It was previously titled Comancheria. At Cinemacon 2016 in Las Vegas, a standee was presented for the film revealing that the title had been changed to Hell or High Water. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.


A divorced dad and his ex-con brother plan a bank robbery to save their family's West Texas farm from foreclosure, while two Texas Rangers are set to catch both brothers.


  • Chris Pine as Toby
  • Ben Foster as Tanner
  • Jeff Bridges as Marcus
  • Katy Mixon as Jenny Ann
  • Gil Birmingham as Alberto Parker
  • Christopher W. Garcia as Randy
  • Dale Dickey as Elsie
  • Kevin Rankin as Billy Rayburn
  • Melanie Papalia as Emily


On April 18, 2012, Deadline reported that Sidney Kimmel Entertainment had acquired the heist film Comancheria, scripted by Taylor Sheridan, which SKE would finance and produce with Peter Berg of Film 44. Berg was also potentially attached to direct the film. Endgame Entertainment and Focus Features were also among the studios bidding for the project against SKE. The script won the best Black List script in 2012. On April 2, 2015, it was announced that Jeff Bridges was set to star, while Chris Pine and Ben Foster were also in talks to join. David Mackenzie was set to direct the film. On May 4, 2015, Pine and Foster were confirmed to play two brothers in the film, who attempted a bank robbery to save their family's farm in the West Texas, while Bridges would play a West Texas Ranger set to catch the brothers. CBS Films acquired the US rights to the film, which Sidney Kimmel of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Peter Berg of Film 44 would produce, along with Julie Yorn of LBI Entertainment, while Odd Lot Entertainment would also co-produce and co-finance the film along with SKE.


Principal photography on the film began on May 26, 2015 in Clovis, New Mexico. Filming also took place in other New Mexico communities, including Portales and Tucumcari.


The film premiered at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2016. It is set for release on August 12, 2016 in the United States.


The film was well received at its premiere in Cannes. It currently holds a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 7.9/10, based on 15 reviews. It also currently has a score of 82 on Metacritic, indicating "universal acclaim" based on 9 reviews.

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