Chrystal (film)

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Directed by Ray McKinnon
Produced by Peter E. Strauss
Bruce Heller
David Koplan II
Walton Goggins
Lisa Blount
Ray McKinnon
Written by Ray McKinnon
Starring Billy Bob Thornton
Lisa Blount
Ray McKinnon
Harry Lennix
Walton Goggins
Grace Zabriskie
Johnny Galecki
Colin Fickes
Max Kasch
James Intveld
Kathryn Howell
Harry Dean Stanton
Music by Stephen Trask
Cinematography Adam Kimmel
Edited by Myron Kerstein
Distributed by First Look Studios[1]
Release dates
  • January 16, 2004 (2004-01-16) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • April 8, 2005 (2005-04-08) (United States)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $80,858[2]

Chrystal is an American drama film, which was released to audiences in the United States on April 8, 2005. The cast included Billy Bob Thornton, Lisa Blount, Harry Lennix, Walton Goggins, and Grace Zabriskie. Ray McKinnon, in addition to playing the role of "Snake", directed, wrote, and produced the film.[3] The story is about a woman named Chrystal (Lisa Blount) who has been traumatized both physically and mentally from a car accident that took the life of her son. Joe (Billy Bob Thornton), Chrystal's husband, has just been released from jail after a 16-year sentence stemming from multiple crimes he committed.


The story takes place in Arkansas. The film was shot in the Eureka Springs, Arkansas area of the Ozark Mountains. It is based around the story of Chrystal, a woman who has become permanently injured, emotionally detached, and mentally unstable stemming from several traumatic events in her past.

The movie begins in a rather dramatic fashion, depicting Joe fleeing from the police in a high speed police chase with his wife and son in the same car. While weaving down the mountain roads at a high rate of speed, Joe loses control of the vehicle and ends up rolling down a hill and, subsequently, crashing into a tree. Chrystal is severely injured in the accident, suffering a broken neck. Their son, who the police presumed was flung through the windshield, was never found at the scene of the accident, or anywhere in the surrounding areas. For his role in running from the police and causing injuries to his passengers, Joe is arrested and sentenced to 16 years imprisonmet for a variety of crimes, including fleeing to avoid justice.[4]

Upon his release from the state prison, Joe comes back to his home in search of a change in his life. He ends up coming back home to his wife, who hadn't divorced him even while he was away in prison. Because of Joe's run-in with the law, and the resulting car accident and loss of their child, Chrystal is permanently injured in her neck that left her a one-time quadrapalegic. Although Chrystal has managed to regain limited mobility in her body, she has completely lost her enthusiasm, emotions, or will to live. As Joe begins to slowly work his way back into her life, she is unsure of whether to accept him once again, fearing what may happen if she does so. He now wants to change and atone for his past life of crime. Forced to face his past to continue with his future, Joe runs into an old enemy of his, Snake (Ray McKinnon). Worried about him, Snake invites Joe to rejoin him in his illegal drug operation.[5]


  • Chrystal: the protagonist. Joe's wife, she is played by actress Lisa Blount. She has lost touch with reality, her emotions, and the people around her after an accident that permanently disabled her and resulted in her son's disappearance.
  • Joe: Chrystal's husband. He has served a 16-year jail sentence for numerous crimes. Joe comes back into Chrystal's life in hopes of changing for the better, only to find Chrystal in her current condition. Joe is played by actor Billy Bob Thornton.
  • Snake: One of Joe's old friends from his life of crime. Snake comes to realize that Joe has changed during his imprisonment, and wants nothing to do with Snake. He thus perceives him as a threat to his drug trade. The character is played by actor Ray McKinnon.
  • Larry: played by actor Walton Goggins.
  • Kalid: played by actor Harry Lennix.
  • Barry: played by the actor Johnny Galecki.


Critical reception[edit]

Reviews for Chrystal were generally positive. On Rotten Tomatoes, Chrystal received an 80% based on 20 reviews, with an average score of 7 out of 10.

Release and box office totals[edit]

The movie was released in the United States on April 8, 2005. It was in theaters for 11 weeks following this on limited release. In total, the movie grossed $80,701 in total box office ticket sales. Chrystal's best weekend in box office sales came on its second weekend, where it grossed $19,074.[6]


  1. ^ "". 2009. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Box Office Mojo". 8 Apr 2005. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Cast and Credits - Yahoo! Movies". Feb 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Movie Details - Yahoo! Movies". Feb 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chrystal Synopsis and Summary - Moviefone". Feb 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". Feb 10, 2010. 

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