Set in the 1920s and 1930s, the story follows Joe Coughlin, the prodigal son of a Boston police captain. After moving to Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, he becomes a bootlegger and a rum-runner and, later, a notorious gangster.
Live by Night is an American crime film written, directed and co-produced by Ben Affleck, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. The film stars Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Chris Cooper. The film is scheduled for a limited release on December 25, 2016, by Warner Bros. Pictures before a wide release on January 13, 2017.
About the Story
Boston, 1926. The ’20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops.
Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city’s most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price.
In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death.
Live by Night
Directed by: Ben Affleck
Starring: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Chris Sullivan, Elle Fanning, Scott Eastwood, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Kristen Annese
Screenplay by: Ben Affleck
Production Design by: Jess Gonchor
Cinematography by: Robert Richardson
Film Editing by: William Goldenberg
Costume Design by: Jacqueline West
Set Decoration by: Nancy Haigh
Music by: Harry Gregson-Williams
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality / nudity.
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: January 13, 2017