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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  • 2017
  • R
  • 115min
  • 91%
  • 8.2 / 10

In Ebbing, Missouri, Mildred Hayes (played by Frances McDormand) grieves for her teenage daughter’s rape and murder. After months with no arrests, she rents three billboards that are near her home. She posts messages about how her daughter was killed and there have been no arrests. She calls out the Chief of Police. The movie follows her as she tries everything in her power to discover who raped and murdered her daughter, all while the town is not happy with her. She and the town’s law enforcement battle over the billboards and the case.

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An advocacy group in London took a page from this movie following the Greenfell Tower Fire. They drove around 3 vans with electronic screens that displayed messages as the film did. The same happened after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. There are multiple more instances where groups set up 3 billboards or made a mural showing three billboards with messages like the film. This was the first film that McDonagh directed the didn’t include Colin Farrell. Although the part of Mildred was made with McDormand in mind, she turned down the part for over a year as she thought she was too old. The characters for Mildred and Dixon were created with McDormand and Rockwell with in mind. McDormand referenced her character from John Wayne, while Rockwell played his part from Lee Marvin’s performance in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a Fox Searchlight film that was released on November 10, 2017. It is a crime-drama film that was written, directed, and produced by Martin McDonagh. It grossed $54.5 million in the United States. It won 4 Golden Globes at the 75th Golden Globes awards. The film features Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Lucas Hedges, Abbie Cornish, John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage. Martin McDonagh was inspired to make the film when he came across some billboards about an alleged murder of a woman in Texas.