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Bloodworth poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Shane Dax Taylor
Produced by Darryl Atwater
Kendi Atwater
W. Earl Brown
Kenneth Burke
T-Bone Burnett
Travis Nicholson
Corky Taylor
Shane Dax Taylor
Written by W. Earl Brown
Based on Provinces of Night
by William Gay
Starring Val Kilmer
Kris Kristofferson
Hilary Duff
Dwight Yoakam
W. Earl Brown[1]
Music by Randy Scruggs
Patrick Warren
Cinematography Tim Orr
Edited by Beguine Sanani
Dax Productions
Racer Entertainment
Buffalo Bulldog Films
Provinces of Night
Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Release date
  • February 6, 2010 (2010-02-06) (Santa Barbara)
  • May 20, 2011 (2011-05-20) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $12,971[3]

Bloodworth is a 2010 drama film directed by Shane Dax Taylor and based on Provinces of Night, a novel by William Gay. The film stars Val Kilmer, Kris Kristofferson and Hilary Duff. Toby Keith was also set to star in the film, but later dropped out.


It's been 40 years since E. F. Bloodworth (Kris Kristofferson) abandoned his loving wife and sons for a life on the road as a full-time traveling musician. Now at the end of the line, Bloodworth reappears, forced to reckon with the stale aftermath of his departure. With his ex-wife Julia (Frances Conroy) mentally destroyed and his three sons, Warren (Val Kilmer), Boyd (Dwight Yoakam) and Brady (W. Earl Brown) soured by years of anger toward both him and each other, Bloodworth's only solace is a budding relationship with Fleming, the grandson he never knew. But when Fleming meets Raven (Hilary Duff), the woman of his dreams, will Bloodworth's presence force history to repeat itself?



The film is directed by Shane Taylor and adapted from the novel, Provinces of Night, by William Gay. Kenny Burke produced the film with Taylor and Brown. Music producer T-Bone Burnett supervised the film's music, which includes original compositions by Kris Kristofferson.

Filming took place in April and May 2009 in Wilmington, North Carolina.[4]


An early version of the film premiered at the 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 6, 2010; it later screened as a work in progress at the 2010 Nashville Film Festival on April 15–22, 2010. The completed version of the film was part of the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival during October 21 to 28 in Austin, Texas. It is currently available as a part of the Netflix Instant Play.[5]


The film currently holds a 50% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.[6]


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