Galveston (film)

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Galveston poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMélanie Laurent
Produced by
Screenplay byJim Hammett
Based onGalveston
by Nic Pizzolatto
Music byMarc Chouarain
CinematographyDagmar Weaver-Madsen
Edited byGuerric Catala
  • Jean Doumanian Productions
  • Low Spark Films
Distributed byRLJE Films
Release date
  • March 10, 2018 (2018-03-10) (SXSW)
  • October 19, 2018 (2018-10-19) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Galveston is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Mélanie Laurent. It is written by Jim Hammett based on the novel of the same name by Nic Pizzolatto. It stars Ben Foster and Elle Fanning.

The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 10, 2018. It was released on October 19, 2018 by RLJE Films.


New Orleans, 1988. After escaping a set up, Roy, a hitman diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, returns to his hometown of Galveston where he plans his revenge. Roy is a heavy-drinking criminal enforcer and mob hit man whose boss set him up in a double-cross scheme. After killing his would-be assassins before they could kill him, Roy discovers Rocky, a young woman being held captive, and reluctantly takes her with him on his escape. Determined to find safety and sanctuary in Galveston, Roy must find a way to stop his boss from pursuing them while trying to outrun the demons from his and Rocky's pasts.



In November 2016, it was announced Elle Fanning and Ben Foster had joined the cast of the film, with Mélanie Laurent directing, from a screenplay written by Nic Pizzolatto who wrote the novel of the same name. Tyler Davidson, Jean Doumanian, Patrick Daly, Kevin Flanigan and Sean O’Brien will serve as producers and executive producers, respectively under their Low Spark Films and Jean Doumanian banners.[2] In February 2017, Lili Reinhart, Beau Bridges, María Valverde and Robert Aramayo joined the cast of the film.[3][4][5] Marc Chouarain composed the film's score.[6]

Pizzolatto is credited under the pseudonym Jim Hammett, following Laurent's contributions to the screenplay, despite not being formally engaged as a writer on the project, feeling the final script did not reflect his own.[7]


Principal photography began in February 2017.[8]


Lead actress Elle Fanning and director Mélanie Laurent promoting the film at the Deauville American Film Festival.

The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 10, 2018.[9] Shortly after, RLJE Films acquired distribution rights to the film.[10] It also screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival on September 23, 2018.[11][12] It was released on October 19, 2018.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Galveston received positive reviews from film critics. It holds a 70% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 33 reviews, with a weighted average of 6.4/10. The site's critical consensus reads "Galveston's talented cast - and confident direction from Mélanie Laurent - help set this uneven crime drama apart from less distinguished genre entries".[14] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 55 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[15]


  1. ^ "Gavelston". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  2. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (November 2, 2016). "AFM: Melanie Laurent to Direct Ben Foster, Elle Fanning in English-Language Debut 'Galveston'". Variety. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  3. ^ Patten, Dominic (February 10, 2017). "'Riverdale's Lili Reinhart Joins Ben Foster & Elle Fanning In 'Galveston'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  4. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (March 22, 2017). "Martin Wallström Cast In 'Militia'; Robert Aramayo Lands In 'Galveston'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  5. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (February 11, 2017). "First look at Ben Foster in Nic Pizzalotto thriller 'Galveston". Screen International. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Marc Chouarain Scoring Mélanie Laurent's Galveston". FilmMusicReporter. February 17, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  7. ^ Nolfi, Joey (October 18, 2018). "Galveston: Nic Pizzolatto credited on Mélanie Laurent film under pseudonym". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  8. ^ Bates, Alan (February 2, 2017). "Independent feature film 'Galveston' casting call". Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Day-Ramos, Dino (February 7, 2018). "SXSW Announces Midnighters Lineup; Wes Anderson's 'Isle Of Dogs' To Close Film Fest". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (July 26, 2018). "Elle Fanning-Ben Foster Drama 'Galveston' Acquired by RLJE Films". Variety. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Hipes, Patrick (August 22, 2018). "Ike Barinholtz & Tiffany Haddish's 'The Oath' To World Premiere At Los Angeles Film Festival". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "Galveston". Los Angeles Film Festival. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  13. ^ "Fall Movie Preview". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  14. ^ "Galveston (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "Galveston Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 19, 2018.

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