More potent than a shot of Alabama moonshine, Eva Longoria and Billy Bob Thornton, star in The Baytown Outlaws, a super-charged, foul-mouthed and very bloody, Tarantino-esque action-comedy, directed and co-written by Barry Battles.
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Source: The Digital Fix
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
Michael Rapaport … Lucky
Natalie Martinez … Ariana
Source: Beyond Hollywood
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.
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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.
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
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!
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19 June, 2012 | By Jeremy Kay
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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