Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- UK / US
- 1h 55min
- Directed by: Martin McDonagh
- Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage
- UK release: 12 January 2018
Exasperated by the police’s failure to catch her daughter’s murderer, Mildred Hayes (McDormand) buys ad space on the titular billboards to tear a strip off the police chief (Harrelson). McDonagh’s latest delicately balances the lingering pain of the crime itself with dark comedy, and a superb cast is topped by a magnificent performance from McDormand.
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Martin McDonaghs follow-up to Seven Psychopaths is a characteristically pitch-black comedic drama featuring a blistering central performance from Frances McDormand.
It's been seven months since her daughter was murdered and foul-mouthed, tough-as-nails Mildred Hayes (McDormand) is fed up. Fuelled by grief and outraged that the investigation has gone quiet, she provokes the local police department with a series of messages plastered on three disused billboards outside her home town of Ebbing, Missouri.
So begins a rapidly escalating and very public feud between Mildred and venerated community leader and family man, Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson). The situation is exacerbated when blundering side-kick, Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell) gets involved. Just as unhinged as Mildred but with a significantly lower IQ, Dixons penchant for violence is stoked by his leaden, borderline psychotic mother to whom he is unhealthily attached.
McDonagh's screenplays are consistently audacious and his sleight-of-hand here is to make the victim (or more accurately, the victim's mother), a righteous, nasty woman who is just as hell-bent on rebuffing sympathy as she is on getting justice. Like many of McDonaghs best and most profane characters, Mildred has a fibrous moral code. Her indignant blustering is frequently triggered by social injustice and small-town bigotry, and her increasingly reckless actions are prompted by a deep-seated sense of guilt and regret.
McDonagh's latest exploration of the American psyche is by turns riotously funny and deeply sobering, cutting to the quick of social division and tearing to shreds like the tattered billboards the all-American dreaminess of the Capra-esque small town. A universally splendid cast is rounded out by Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Clarke Peters and Caleb Landry Jones.
'Frances McDormand is commanding as a woman avenging the murder of her daughter in Martin McDonaghs modern-day western.' – ★★★★★ The Guardian*
'Like the best movies often do, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri leaves audiences with a complex set of emotions, and with a hard-to-define hint of the profound.' – ★★★★ San Francisco Chronicle
Run time: 115 mins
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Reviews & features
Sam Rockwell says Three Billboards was his greatest part19 Feb 2018
Sam Rockwell said playing Officer Jason Dixon in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' is one of the "greatest parts" he's ever had. The 49-year-old actor - who won the BAFTA for Supporting Actor for his role as the racist police officer in the…
Martin McDonagh was grumpy after Oscar snub15 Feb 2018
Martin McDonagh was a little grumpy after not being nominated for the Best Director gong at this year's Academy Awards. The 47-year-old filmmaker's 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' has received countless nominations at both the Academy…
Three Billboards wins big at SAGs22 Jan 2018
'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' took home the prestigious Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture prize at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday (21.01.18). The comedy drama was the big winner on the night, and is now heavily tipped…
Martin McDonagh understands Three Billboards backlash10 Jan 2018
Martin McDonagh understands the backlash of having a likeable racist police man in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'. The 47-year-old filmmaker helmed the new comedy/drama starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell - who…
Martin McDonagh always wanted Frances McDormand for Three Billboards9 Jan 2018
Martin McDonagh always knew he wanted Frances McDormand to play Mildred Hayes in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'. The 47-year-old filmmaker helmed the new black comedy and McDonagh has claimed he would have been "f***ed" if McDormand…
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri wins big at Golden Globes8 Jan 2018
'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' was the big movie winner at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, taking home four prizes. The black comedy thriller tied with HBO miniseries 'Big Little Lies' to be the most successful nominee at the ceremony…
Martin McDonagh doesn't think Three Billboards is a 'dissection' of America5 Jan 2018
Martin McDonagh insists 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' isn't a "dissection of modern-day American politics". The 47-year-old screenwriter and filmmaker helmed the new dark comedy movie, which stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam…
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri lands 7 new awards nominations19 Dec 2017
'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' has been nominated for seven accolades at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards. Martin McDonagh's black comedy continues to attract awards recognition and create Oscars buzz following the latest slew of…
Sam Rockwell needs laughs on set4 Dec 2017
Sam Rockwell think you've "got to have some levity" when working on a heavy topic. The 49-year-old actor stars alongside Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Peter Dinklage in the new dark comedy movie by Martin McDonagh 'Three Billboards Outside…
Sam Rockwell loves the free booze at the Oscars27 Oct 2017
Sam Rockwell loves going to the Oscars for the "free booze". The 48-year-old actor is currently starring as police officer Jason Dixon in new drama 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' - which was helmed by Martin McDonagh - and there has been…
Kathryn Newton didn't want to 'mess up' Missouri16 Oct 2017
Kathryn Newton was scared with would "mess up" while filming 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'. The 20-year-old actress stars alongside Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Peter Dinklage in the new dark comedy movie by…
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri13 Oct 2017
LFF 2017: Frances McDormand is attention-grabbing and award-worthy in Martin McDonagh's foul-mouthed dramedy
Frances McDormand is one mean-ass mother in the third feature from British-Irish director Martin McDonagh, following Seven Psychopaths and In Bruges. She plays Mildred Hayes, whose daughter Angela was raped and murdered seven months previous, a crime…
Peter Dinklage joins Three Billboards Out Of Ebbing, Missouri8 Apr 2016
Peter Dinklage is to star in 'Three Billboards Out Of Ebbing, Missouri'. The 'Game of Thrones' actor and Joh Hawkes have joined the cast of Martin McDonagh's revenge drama. The pair join an already impressive call sheet which includes Woody…
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