No Country For Old Men

Trivia: The scene in which Chigurh strangles the deputy was achieved with a metal chestplate on the deputy. It covered him from the middle of his chest to the jaw. Several different ones were made, each with the handcuffs in deeper.

Trivia: After burning and exploding a car, Anton Chigurh enters a pharmacy called Mike Zoss Pharmacy, to steal syringes, antibiotics and other stuff. The Coen brothers hung out at the real "Mike Zoss Drugs" located in a small shopping center call Texa Tonka, in St. Louis Park, a first ring suburb west of Minneapolis, Minnesota, when they were growing up and named it after him in the film as an homage. Mike Zoss Productions is the name of their production company (also named after the same man). "Mr. Zoss never asked us to leave," the brothers told Vanity Fair in 2011. "Out of gratitude we named our production company after him." The drugstore, founded in 1950, was later run by Mike's son Barry.


Trivia: The same black satchel that's used for the money appears in Fargo (1996), also a movie by the Coen brothers.


Trivia: While on location in Marfa, Texas, There Will Be Blood (2007) was the neighboring film production. While filming a wide shot of the landscape one day, directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen had to halt shooting for the day as a gigantic dark cloud of smoke floated conspicuously into view. The source of this was found to be from Paul Thomas Anderson testing the pyrotechnics of an oil derrick set ablaze on the set of his film. The Coens had to resume filming the day afterward, when the smoke finally dissipated. Both this film and There Will Be Blood were the leading contenders at the Academy Awards a year and a half later.

Trivia: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen share the record of four Oscar nominations for a single person for the same film (in this case, shared by the two) with Orson Welles' four nominations for Citizen Kane (1941) and Warren Beatty's for Reds (1981). The Coens' four nominations are for Best Picture (as producers with Scott Rudin), Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing (under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes). Welles was nominated both Best Picture (also as producer) and Best Director, as well as Best Original Screenplay (won, and shared with Herman J. Mankiewicz), and Best Actor. On the other hand, Beatty was nominated for Best Picture (also as producer), Best Director (won), Best Original Screenplay with Trevor Griffiths and Best Actor.

Trivia: The man whom Chigurh murders after killing the deputy was played by Chip Love, a banker in Marfa, Texas, where much of the film was shot. His only previous acting experience was in a high school play.


Trivia: The credited editor for this film, Roderick Jaynes, is a pseudonym for Joel and Ethan Coen, who have co-edited all of their movies since Blood Simple (1984), (in addition to co-directing and co-writing them). New York magazine reported that they devised the pseudonym when Guild membership rules would not allow two co-credited editors on the same film. Despite his non-existence, Jaynes was nominated for an Oscar for editing No Country for Old Men (2007) (as well as Fargo (1996)), but he has never won one. Joel Coen told New York magazine that if Jaynes had won the Oscar, the award presenter and not the Coens would have been the one authorized by the Academy to accept the award on "his" behalf. Joel Coen explained that the Academy doesn't "allow proxies to accept awards at the Academy Awards, ever since Marlon Brando and Sacheen Littlefeather."

Revealing mistake: In the scene at the motel where Chigurh kills three men, he goes to sit on the bed where he removes his socks. In the background one of the 'dead' men opens his eyes and looks around.

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Wendell: We goin' in?
Ed Tom Bell: Gun out and up.
[Wendell takes his gun out.]
Wendell: What about yours?
Ed Tom Bell: I'm hidin' behind you.

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Question: The border guard who questions Llewelyn when he returns from Mexico seems a lot like M. Emmet Walsh. Since he was the lead character in the Coen brothers debut, "Blood Simple", it is likely that he's making a cameo for them. Is it him?

Answer: No. Brandon Smith is credited with playing the part.


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