Disturbing the Peace (2020 film)

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Disturbing the Peace
Film poster
Directed byYork Alec Shackleton
Written byChuck Hustmyre
Produced by
StarringGuy Pearce
CinematographyCurtis Petersen
Edited byMichael Thomas James
Music byMichael Thomas
  • The Wonderfilm Media Corporation
  • Daniel Grodnik Productions
  • Aloe Entertainment
Distributed byMomentum Pictures
Release date
  • January 17, 2020 (2020-01-17)
Running time
91 minutes
Box office$5 million[1]

Disturbing the Peace is a 2020 neo-western action thriller film directed by York Shackleton and starring Guy Pearce. The film follows a police officer who must fight back against a violent outlaw motorcycle club that takes over his small town. The film was poorly received on release.


After accidentally wounding his partner during a hostage situation, Texas Ranger Jim Dillon moves to the small town of Horse Cave, Kentucky, where he works as an unarmed police officer assisted by Deputy Matt. Learning of his former partner's death, falls into a deep depression, eased by Catie, a café server and part-time preacher.

One day, a motorcycle gang led by violent criminal Diablo (nicknamed "Scorpion") arrives in Horse Cave, seeking to rob the town's bank and ambush an armored car set to arrive in the town. When Diablo and his gang take over Horse Cave, Jim arms himself and fights back.



On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 20% based on 20 reviews, with an average rating of 3/10.[2] According to Metacritic, which sampled six critics and calculated a weighted average score of 34 out of 100, the film received "generally unfavorable reviews".[3]

Glenn Kenny of RogerEbert.com gave the film one star, calling the film a "dull-as-dishwater, paint-by-numbers cinematic hiccup with no discernible reason for being."[4]

Guy Pearce named Disturbing the Peace one of his worst films, calling it "abysmal".[5]


  1. ^ "Disturbing the Peace (2020) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "Disturbing the Peace (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  3. ^ "Disturbing the Peace (2020) Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  4. ^ Kenny, Glenn (January 17, 2020). "Disturbing the Peace Film Review". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  5. ^ Mecca, Dan (April 21, 2022). "The B-Side - In Conversation with Guy Pearce". The Film Stage. Retrieved April 23, 2022.

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