After his plea for help is rejected by Tom, Mud gives the boys a note for Juniper. The film competed for the at the. They meet him, a strange man named Mud , who claims to have grown up nearby. He tells the boys he will give them the treehouse boat, his current hideout, in exchange for food. Ellis falls for an older high-school girl named May Pearl.
While Mud is in Ellis' room, the Carver son and his posse arrive and start shooting. By August 2012, and acquired rights to distribute Mud in the United States. Mud realizes that the family of the man he killed has arrived to kill him. Nichols started shooting Mud in his home state of on September 26, 2011. While still a student, Nichols began developing the story, inspired by 's works, including the 1876 novel. He filmed in Southeast Arkansas; locations included in the Lowlands area , , near the , on the , and.
Mud explains that he killed a man who had gotten Juniper pregnant and pushed her down a flight of stairs, causing her to lose the child. They want to claim it for themselves but discover someone is living in it. Mud jumps in and rescues Ellis. Mud races to get the unconscious Ellis to hospital on the mainland. Mud is a gritty, superstitious character; his clothes are dirty, his tooth is cracked, and he needs help.
Stealing machine parts and an outboard motor from junkyards, the boys help Mud repair the boat. Recognizing Mud as the wanted man, one of the hospital employees calls the police who, in turn, tip off Carver. The island in the film was located in the outside the city of. With Take Shelter, we had a lot more dolly work. I wanted to capture a snapshot of a place that probably won't be there forever. . In May 2011, was first in talks for the lead role.
Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson, and Michael Shannon co-star. As they agreed before, Mud gives Neckbone a but without ammunition. Nichols came up with the concept for the film in the 1990s. He and his mother move to an apartment in town and their houseboat is demolished, while his father gets a new job far away, before telling Ellis to take care of his mother and departing. As the boys risk everything to reunite these seeming mythical lovers, Ellis's own ideas about love and romance are challenged by the strains in the relationships closest to him: his parents' marriage is dissolving while he himself falters in his efforts to impress May Pearl Bonnie Sturdivant. For the local boys of a small Delta town, Nichols cast boys who could already pilot boats and ride dirt bikes, instead of ones who would have to be taught on set. Ellis and Neckbone carry out bold schemes in an effort to protect Mud and relay messages to Juniper, who is holed up in a fleabag motel, under constant surveillance by Carver Paul Sparks , a Texas bounty hunter.
Many days have passed, and the film ends with them looking ahead at the mouth of the , and south of that, the Gulf of Mexico. The film opened on April 26, 2013 with a in select theaters, before having a wide release on May 10, 2013. Realizing that they are not the only ones who have discovered the treehouse boat, they decide to leave. It was shown at the in January 2013. Mud manages to get back to the island where he and Neckbone get the repaired boat into the water. Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love. Mud is revealed to be alive and recovering on the repaired boat driven by Tom.
The film stars , , , , and. They also try to reunite Juniper with Mud, but she decides not to. Fascinated, the two boys agree to help Mud slip past his pursuers, despite the potential dangers of doing so. Neckbone is reluctant, but Ellis brings food to Mud, and they develop a tentative friendship. Ellis, who has recently developed his own crush, agrees to help Mud escape with Juniper. One trooper calls King to tell him that his other son is now dead. The cast and crew numbered over 100 people, around half of whom were Arkansas residents.
They climb the tree and into the boat only to find fresh bread and fresh footprints. Once no longer used as a residence by the owner, it will be removed. Mud sends Ellis to Tom Blankenship , an older father figure from his childhood, for help. All contents are provided by non-affiliated third parties. It received the Robert Altman Award at the for its film director, casting director, and ensemble cast.