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Live by Night

  • 2016
  • R
  • 128min
  • 34%
  • 6.4 / 10

Set during the prohibition era, Joe Coughlin, played by Ben Affleck, is the son of a Boston police captain. He falls in love with Emma Gould, the daughter of a rather prominent gangster named Albert White. His father isn’t a fan of the courtship and warns him that a life of crime will catch up to him eventually. A rival gangster named Maso Pescatore discovers the affair and tries to blackmail Joe by ordering him to kill Albert White. Joe instead flees to California, robbing a bank along the way where multiple policemen are killed. Joe is lured into a trap by Emma and White, and he’s beaten and arrested for the murders. Joe’s father pulls some strings and gets him out on a lesser charge. Joe moves to Florida to work security for Pescatore and his liquor company, which is under attack by White.

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Likely due to poor reviews, this film holds the record for largest drop in theater count from it’s second to third week, going from a high of 2,822 theaters to a low of just 163. It was also the first film directed by Ben Affleck not to be nominated for a single Academy Award.


about the movie

Live by Night is a 2016 crime drama directed, produced, and starred in by Ben Affleck. The film is based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Dennis Lahane. Also starring in the film are Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Sienna Miller, and Chris Messina. The film was released in installments, first in New York on December 13, 2016, then getting a limited released on Christmas Day 2016. It finally got its wide release to mixed reviews on January 13, 2017, grossing only $22 million against a budget of $65 million. When factoring in advertising, the film lost about $75 million, which makes it a rather large box office bomb.