Ain't Them Bodies Saints

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Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Ain't Them Bodies Saints poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Lowery
Produced by Cassian Elwes
Toby Halbrooks
James M. Johnston
Amy Kaufman
Lars Knudsen
Jay Van Hoy
Written by David Lowery
Starring Casey Affleck
Rooney Mara
Ben Foster
Rami Malek
Keith Carradine
Charles Baker
Nate Parker
Music by Daniel Hart
Cinematography Bradford Young
Edited by Craig McKay
Jane Rizzo
Distributed by IFC Films
Release dates
  • January 19, 2013 (2013-01-19) (Sundance)
  • August 16, 2013 (2013-08-16) (United States)
Running time 96 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,031,243[2]

Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a 2013 American romantic crime drama film written and directed by David Lowery. The film follows an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. The film stars Casey Affleck as Bob Muldoon and Rooney Mara as Ruth Guthrie.[3]

The film debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Cinematography Award in the U.S. Dramatic Category and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.[4]

The film was selected to compete in the International Critics' Week section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[5] The film was released in theaters on August 16, 2013.[6]


A notorious outlaw, Bob Muldoon, breaks out of prison to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie were on the run when their crime spree came to a sudden end. A local officer lay critically wounded by Guthrie, however, Muldoon claims responsibility for the shot, and receives a stiff prison sentence. Unable to bear being away from his wife and daughter any longer, he makes a daring escape, and flees to be with them at any cost.[7]


Distribution and release[edit]

After the film premiered at Sundance, IFC Films acquired domestic distribution rights. The film had its limited release in the United States in August 16, 2013.[8]


Critical reception[edit]

The film has received mostly positive reviews, and holds a 79% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 112 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The general consensus is "While conventional in plot, Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a visually poetic film that pays homage to the New Hollywood directors of the 1970s and promises big things from director David Lowery."[9]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result
Gotham Awards 2 December 2013 Best Feature Nominated
Sundance Film Festival 26 January 2013 Special Jury Prize: Cinematography Bradford Young Won
Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Dramatic David Lowery Nominated


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