Sword of Trust

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Sword of Trust
Sword of Trust poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLynn Shelton
Produced by
  • Lynn Shelton
  • Ted Speaker
Written by
Music byKeegan DeWitt
CinematographyJason Oldak
Edited byTyler L. Cook
  • Forager Films
Distributed byIFC Films
Release date
  • March 8, 2019 (2019-03-08) (SXSW)
  • July 12, 2019 (2019-07-12) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$24,743[1][2]

Sword of Trust is an 2019 American comedy film, directed by Lynn Shelton, from a screenplay by Shelton and Mike O'Brien. It stars Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins, Tim Paul, Whitmer Thomas, Toby Huss, Dan Bakkedahl and Jillian Bell.

It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 8, 2019. It was released on July 12, 2019, by IFC Films.


Cynthia (Jillian Bell and Mary (Michaela Watkins) show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her grandfather, which ends up being a sword believed by her grandfather to prove the South won the Civil War.



In May 2018, it was announced Michaela Watkins, Jillian Bell, Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Toby Huss, Dan Bakkedahl, Whitmer Thomas and Timothy Paul joined the cast of the film, with Lynn Shelton writing and directing the film. Production concluded that same month.[3]


It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 8, 2019.[4][5] Shortly after, IFC Films acquired distribution rights to the film.[6] It was the opening night film at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 16, 2019. It was released on July 12, 2019.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Sword of Trust received positive reviews from film critics. It holds a 95% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 39 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.47/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Expertly drawn characters and a strong senes of humanity make Sword of Trust an enjoyable – if a little meandering – journey."[8] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 68 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]


  1. ^ "Sword of Trust". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Sword of Trust". The Numbers. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  3. ^ Barfield, Charles (May 29, 2018). "Lynn Shelton's Next Movie Is The Improvised Ensemble Comedy 'Sword Of Trust' With Marc Maron & More". The Playlist. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Kilday, Gregg (January 16, 2019). "SXSW: Olivia Wilde, Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey to Premiere New Work". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "Sword of Trust". South by Southwest. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  6. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (March 29, 2019). "IFC Films Acquires North American Rights to Lynn Shelton's 'Sword of Trust' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "24 Indies and Festival Favorites You Can't Miss This Summer Season". IndieWire. April 9, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "Sword of Trust (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "Sword of Trust". Metacritic. Retrieved July 12, 2019.

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