Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mélanie Laurent|
|Screenplay by||Jim Hammett|
by Nic Pizzolatto
|Music by||Marc Chouarain|
|Edited by||Guerric Catala|
|Distributed 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.
- Ben Foster as Roy
- Elle Fanning as Rocky
- Lili Reinhart as Tiffany
- Adepero Oduye as Loraine
- Robert Aramayo as Tray
- María Valverde as Carmen
- Beau Bridges as Stan
- CK McFarland as Nancy
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. In February 2017, Lili Reinhart, Beau Bridges, María Valverde and Robert Aramayo joined the cast of the film. Marc Chouarain composed the film's score.
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.
The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 10, 2018. Shortly after, RLJE Films acquired distribution rights to the film. It also screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival on September 23, 2018. It was released on October 19, 2018.
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". On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 55 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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