No Country for Old Men (2007 Film)


No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-Western crime thriller film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel of the same name.[1][2] A cat-and-mouse thriller starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin, it follows a Texas welder and Vietnam War veteran in the desert landscape of 1980 West Texas.[3] The film revisits the themes of fate, conscience, and circumstance that the Coen brothers had explored in the films Blood Simple (1984), Raising Arizona (1987) and Fargo (1996).[4]

No Country for Old Men premiered in competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival on May 19.[5] The film won 76 awards on 109 nominations across multiple organizations; it won four awards at the 80th Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Director(s), Best Supporting Actor (Bardem) and Best Adapted Screenplay[6] – three British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), including Best Director(s),[7] and two Golden Globes.[8] The American Film Institute listed it as an AFI Movie of the Year,[9] and the National Board of Review selected the film as the best of 2007.[10]

More critics included No Country for Old Men on their 2007 top ten lists than any other film,[11] and many regard it as the Coen brothers' best film.[12][13][14][15] As of February 2018, various sources had recognized it as one of the best films of its decade.[16][17][18][19] The Guardian's John Patterson wrote: "the Coens' technical abilities, and their feel for a landscape-based Western classicism reminiscent of Anthony Mann and Sam Peckinpah, are matched by few living directors",[20] and Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said that it is "a new career peak for the Coen brothers" and "as entertaining as hell".[21] In 2016, it was voted the 10th best film of the 21st century as picked by 177 film critics from around the world.[22]

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