The Baytown Outlaws (2012) Movie Review
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The Baytown Outlaws (2012) Movie Review

Written by Nix

December 6, 2012

Director Barry Battles’ feature film directorial debut, the self-styled “Southern Whip-Ass Extravaganza” (though later promos for the film have lowered that by a very noticeable decibel or two) pits three violent Alabama brothers against Billy Bob Thornton, playing a Texas crime kingpin name Carlos. Not just any Texas crime kingpin, Carlos happens to have a legion of badass (and amusingly, themed) killers on his phone’s Contacts List. When the brothers bust into Carlos’ crib and abducts a teenager name Rob (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) at the behest of Celeste (Eva Longoria), the boys get more than they bargain for. First of all, Carlos has, you know, that Contacts List mentioned before, and Celeste neglected to tell the boys that Rob is confined to a wheelchair and is mentally challenged. Complications, as they say, ensue.

Opening with a violent, over-the-top gunbattle between the Oodie Brothers — played with smelly verve by the trio of Clayne Crawford, Travis Fimmel, and Daniel Cudmore — and some Mexican gangbangers, “The Baytown Outlaws” is liable to offend some viewers. That seems to be the point, though the script (co-written by Battles) has plenty of surprises up its sleeve to soften our heroes. Yes, the Oodie Brothers are the heroes of this piece, despite the fact that they are loud and proud Alabama rednecks with more guts and spit than much else. They hightail it to Texas to get Rob only after Celeste promises them a nice pay day, something the boys are in short supply of these days. The great Andre Braugher co-stars as a local Sheriff who shares a history with the Oodies, a secret that visiting G-Man Reese (“The Vampire Diaries’” Paul Wesley) is trying to uncover.

 

Much of “The Baytown Outlaws” follows the Oodies as they attempt to make their way out of Texas with Rob, wheelchair and all. Though at first flabbergasted by this twist, the boys put on their big boys pants and soldier on anyway. The Oodies are Brick (Clayne Crawford), the oldest; McQueen (Travis Fimmel), the youngest; and the giant Lincoln (Daniel Cudmore), the lost Oodie who was eventually found, and who speaks with a voice box. While Brick and McQueen bicker endlessly (perhaps to make up for Lincoln’s silence) to and from their Texas gig, Carlos has dispatched some serious killers after them. Serinda Swan and Zoe Bell play two of five deadly biker chicks that take the first shot at the boys. I guess they’ve never dealt with small-town rednecks before. Too bad for these ladies.

“The Baytown Outlaws” is ridiculously violent at times, but it’s a mixture of cartoon mayhem and gritty carnage. Starting as all fun and games and continuing on that road for some time, things eventually get serious when some “Road Warriors” types (though McQueen amusingly refers to them as “Waterworld” — I guess he got his post-apocalyptic movies mixed up) show up. Eva Longoria doesn’t have much to do except look good in short denim cut-offs, which she certainly pulls off with aplomb. And I suspect Billy Bob Thornton, who only appears in exactly two locations throughout the film, knocked “The Baytown Outlaws” out in a day or two as a favor to someone. Mind you, he’s still really fun in the role, which goes to show you how talented the guy is.

 

The ironic thing about “The Baytown Outlaws” is that it starts out as this in-your-face film that wants to offend everyone, but somehow still ends up being, go figure, politically correct. These PC moments occur throughout the film, but is at its most awkward when Natalie Martinez shows up as an illegal immigrant who the boys run across later in the film. Battles and company balance out these out-of-nowhere tangents with other absurdities, like a gang of Native American bikers that scalp their victims and literally bring bow and arrows to a gunfight. It’s absolutely bizarre, and perfectly captures the schizophrenic nature of “The Baytown Outlaws”.

I can see “The Baytown Outlaws” becoming a cult hit with action fans, similar to how Troy Duffy’s “Boondock Saints” found an audience on home video and cable after a disastrous theatrical release. The Oodies are great, vibrant characters with a lot of promise, and the ending of “Outlaws” certainly sets them up as the same type of dangerous vigilantes with potential further adventures, similar to what the Boondock boys have become. The film is currently available to rent via Video on Demand, and opens in select theaters January 2013. “The Baytown Outlaws” can be overblown and at times inconsistent, but it’s always fun and a hell of a good time.

Barry Battles (director) / Barry Battles, Griffin Hood (screenplay)
CAST: Andre Braugher … Sherriff Henry Millard
Paul Wesley … Reese
Daniel Cudmore … Lincoln Oodie
Travis Fimmel … McQueen Oodie
Clayne Crawford … Brick Oodie
Thomas Brodie-Sangster … Rob
Eva Longoria … Celeste
Billy Bob Thornton … Carlos
Zoe Bell … Rose
Serinda Swan
Michael Rapaport … Lucky
Natalie Martinez … Ariana

Source: Beyond Hollywood

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The Baytown Outlaws – Review
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The Baytown Outlaws – Review

Dir: Barry Battles. US. 2012. 99mins

A bold, brassy and bloody grindhouse romp, The Baytown Outlaws is a violently funny red neck road trip that may be low on subtle dialogue but is a freewheeling entertaining romp that certainly delivers in terms of breathless B-movie action silliness. Heading straight to DVD in many territories after screening at several genre festivals, the film is due out on VOD early December in the US before a limited theatrical run in the January 2013.

The film is engagingly deranged and has its share of wild and woolly moments.

The cast list may well be topped by Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria, as well as being punctuated with a series of recognisable cameos, but at the heart of the violently wild story are Daniel Cudmore, Travis Fimmel and Clayne Crawford as the cheerfully murderous Oodie brothers.

Director and co-writer Barry Battles shows a strong sense of the clichéd Deep South to sustain the road trip excesses of the film, though at times misses a trick when it comes to the action scenes, breezing through them a little too quickly and delivering the body count but not the Tarantino-style wit and wisdom that the film calls out for. A modest budget may account for the set piece action scenes relying on gunplay rather than stylish action choreography.

Alabama brothers Brick (Crawford), McQueen (Fimmel) and Lincoln (the impressively hulking Cudmore) are hit men for hire, but after messing up their latest job they are approached by Celeste (Longoria). She will pay them $25,000 for the return of her godson Rob who is being held by her ex-husband Carlos. What she neglects to mention is that Carlos (Thornton) happens to be a ruthless mobster, and that Rob (Tomas Brodie-Sangster) is a grown-up and in a wheelchair.

The brothers find themselves on the run as Carlos sends an increasingly crazy series of killers on their trail…first they have to tackle a band of tough-as-nails super-sexy biker chicks (led by Tarantino’s regular stunt woman Zoe Bell, who had a key role in Death Proof); a band of road warrior types in an armoured truck that could have featured in the Mad Max films, and the gang of Native Americans intent on scalping them.

The film – originally titled The Baytown Disco – is engagingly deranged and has its share of wild and woolly moments, though it makes the mistake of dispensing with the bad guys – especially the biker chicks and the road warriors – a little too quickly when they happened to be some of the most intriguing and oddball elements to the film.

Billy Bob Thornton has his fare share of great lines – and makes the most of them – while Eva Longoria’s first scene wearing Daisy Dukes and a tight top will keep genre fans happy, though she is given very little esle to do. Daniel Cudmore, Travis Fimmel and Clayne Crawford are suitably grungy as the Oodie brothers who manage to raise their game from casual killer to almost anti-heroes, while Michael Rapaport and Zoe Bell help give the film a dose of familiarity and class.

The breezy soundtrack – which includes the likes of Clutch, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – should help the film’s attempt at cult status, and while Barry Battles (in his feature debut) and his co-screenwriter Griffin Hood haven’t quite cracked the Deep South action movie this time out there are at least moments of quirky pleasure in this red neck romp.

 

Source: Screendaily

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Release date & New Poster for The Baytown Outlaws
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Release date & New Poster for The Baytown Outlaws

FINALLY! I’ve never seen a US movie released like this. First its released on DVD/Blu-Ray in the UK before it comes to the big screen in the US and now its going to be on On Demand before it comes to theaters. Strange.

Exclusive Poster for The Baytown Outlaws

Source: Phase 4 Films
November 19, 2012

ComingSoon.net has your exclusive first look at the new poster for Phase 4 Films’ The Baytown Outlaws, coming to Video On Demand on December 4th and to theaters on January 18th.

Directed by Barry Battles, the film stars Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Clayne Crawford, Paul Wesley and Andre Braugher.

In The Baytown Outlaws, after her ex-husband (Thornton) shoots Celeste (Longoria) three times in the gut and kidnaps her godson, it’s time to play dirty. She hires three outlawed, redneck brothers to bring him back to her. What begins as a small rescue mission rises to a Southern battle royale.

Source: Coming Soon.Net

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Universal to release ‘The Baytown Outlaws’ in the UK
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Universal to release ‘The Baytown Outlaws’ in the UK

Looks like Clayne’s UK fans will be getting a late Christmas present!
 
 
“A riot of slick and sick Tarantino-style escapism” – Alan Jones, Film4 FrightFest
 
Get ready for some pulp action when The Baytown Outlaws hits Blu-ray and DVD in the UK this holiday season. Starring Billy Bob Thorton and Eva Longoria, the discs will hit the street on December 26th from Universal Pictures UK, so you know where you can spend your cash on Boxing Day! More details, including a ton of stills, can be found below.

 
Meet the Oodies, a trio of redneck hillbilly brothers whose main source of fun – and only source of employment – is illegally enforcing several unwritten laws on behalf of the local corrupt sheriff. When their latest job goes disastrously wrong and ends in a massacre at the wrong address, the brothers are approached by Celeste, a witness to the mayhem, with a proposal. She’s willing to pay them $25,000 for the safe return of her godson, who has been kidnapped by her ex-husband. What she fails to tell them is that the man in question is a ruthless mobster who believes Celeste is dead, having previously arranged for one of his goons to pump her full of lead.
 
Unsurprisingly, what should be a simple rescue mission soon turns into a southern fried battle royale of epic proportions as the brothers fall foul of a seemingly endless parade of psychopaths and miscreants who want them dead, ranging from a gang of crazy-ass biker chicks and a pack of ruthless road warriors to Federal agents, crooked cops and some very angry Native Americans.
 
Extras:
Behind the scenes with cast and crew. 
Theatrical trailer. 
Original trailer.
 
 

Source: Lair of Filth

Luckily my co-admin is in the UK so we’ll have some limited clips and screencaps up soon but since its not released on the big screen in the US yet. It will be released in early 2013 and we don’t want to post too much or people might not go see it in the theater! But if you’re in the UK, order you a DVD or BlueRay!

You can order them from Amazon UK –

DVD: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Baytown-Outlaws-Paul-Wesley/dp/B0090JBOC0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1352993473&sr=8-2

Blue-Ray: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Baytown-Outlaws-Blu-ray-Paul-Wesley/dp/B0090JBOZW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352994104&sr=8-1

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Phase 4 takes North American rights to The Baytown Outlaws
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Phase 4 takes North American rights to The Baytown Outlaws

19 June, 2012 | By

LLeju Productions’ action comedy formerly known as The Baytown Disco stars Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria. Phase 4 plans a theatrical release in early 2013.

Phase 4’s Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe negotiated the deal with WME Global. Highland Film Group handles international sales.

Barry Battles directed from the Black List script he co-wrote with Griffin Hood about three ruthless Alabama brothers who invite trouble when they try to do a good deed. Production wrapped in Louisiana shortly before Cannes.

LLeju Production’s Bill Perkins financed and produced alongside Robert Teitel from State Street Pictures. Hood, Ryan Jones, Thomas J Busch and Mary Vernieu serve as executive producers.

The Baytown Outlaws is an absolute crowd pleaser as it combines lots of action with sharp humour led by an amazing group of actors,” Phase 4 president and CEO Berry Meyerowitz said. “We are thrilled to join the team and share the film with audiences.”

“With Phase 4, we’ve found the perfect home for The Baytown Outlaws,” Perkins said. “Barry’s direction combined with brilliant performances from our cast, have resulted in an edgy, funny and highly entertaining and commercial film.”

Source: Screen Daily

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New Fanvideo: Bad Company
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New Fanvideo: Bad Company

DISCLAIMER: No copyright infringement is intended. All clips are the property of film makers and TV shows.

Shows – Leverage, Jericho, CSI: Miami, 24, L&O Criminal Intent, Criminal Minds, Dark Blue, The Glades, CSI: New York, Justified, Burn Notice, Memphis Beat, Cold Case, Roswell

Movies: The Perfect Host, On the Doll, X’s and O’s, Evil Remains, Baytown Disco/Outlaws, False Prophets, Smokin Aces 2, Unknown, Steel CIty

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New Clayne Crawford Video Gallery
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New Clayne Crawford Video Gallery

Although its not completed or even fully designed, I’m opening the video gallery mainly because YouTube keeps blocking videos on our channel. Apparently you can’t upload anything by NBC, CBS, Fox, FX, A&E, etc. (don’t even get me started about YouTube’s blocking policies!) That leaves out a great deal of Clayne’s TV roles in addition to some movies that are owned by their parent companies! So ALL uploads will be on the Clayne Crawford Fans Video Channel. There is also a section for fanvideos so if you’ve made a fanvideo with Clayne in it, please feel free to join the video channel and upload it!

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Do you have questions for Clayne Crawford?

Clayne has agreed to answer fan questions so here’s your opportunity to ask! I don’t have all the details yet about how he’ll answer (video? on here? etc) but I will post when I know. Please keep your questions respectful. If we deem the question to be intrusive on his personal life, we’ll contact you but will not forward the question to him. So keep it clean folks and let them roll! Make sure to include your email address. It won’t show on the post but I will see it from the admin page. Otherwise I won’t be able to let you know how he’s going to answer!

 

Also, for anyone following @claynecrawford on Twitter – its not really him. That person hasn’t tweeted anything yet anyway but just wanted to let you know that its not him. He also said he doesn’t have a Facebook page. A far as I know there is only one ‘fan’ one in addition to ours and she states that it IS a fan & doesn’t claim to be him but if you see someone claiming to be him, its a fake.

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