Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Poster


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Frances McDormand was hesitant to take the role when it was offered, but was eventually convinced by her husband, Joel Coen: "Because at the time he gave it to me I was 58... I was concerned that women from this socioeconomic strata did not wait until 38 to have their first child. So we went back and forth and we debated that quite for a while, and then finally my husband said, 'Just shut up and do it.'"
Martin McDonagh wrote the screenplay with Frances McDormand as the lead role in mind.
Woody Harrelson would often use his breaks from shooting to sign autographs and take pictures with locals who had come to watch the filming. During an extended break one day, he played an impromptu guitar performance at the music store next to the police station set.
The town where the movie is filmed is actually a small mountain town in western North Carolina called Sylva.
Sam Rockwell wore padding to make his character appear chubbier.
Production staff welcomed locals to watch outdoor scenes being filmed at public locations, provided they were not disruptive. Each shooting day, crowds would form to watch the proceedings, often upwards of 100 people. During breaks in shooting, the actors would approach the crowds to sign autographs and take pictures.
Several locations used for shooting were businesses that were repurposed or given facades for use during shooting. Most notably, the Police Department building was a consignment furniture store; the building was rented, crews redressed the interior and exterior, even special effects scenes involving pyrotechnics were filmed, then the building was remodeled to its previous state and returned to the business owners.
The movie that Dixon's (Sam Rockwell) mother is watching with Donald Sutherland and "his dead girl" is presumedly Don't Look Now (1973), directed by Nicolas Roeg. This movie was also alluded to in McDonagh's previous feature film, In Bruges (2008). In this film, Frances McDormand's character parallels Donald Sutherland's character in that they both are driven by the guilt and grief of losing their daughter.
First feature film directed by Martin McDonagh not to star Colin Farrell
The bandanna Mildred wears is an homage to The Deer Hunter, of which Martin McDonagh and Sam Rockwell are avid fans. During the filming of Seven Psychopaths, they often discussed the movie with its star Christopher Walken.
The "deer scene" was filmed with Becca, the White-Tailed Deer at the Western North Carolina Nature Center. Becca's trainer/caretaker is award-winning singer/songwriter, Ben Wilson.
Local residents of Jackson County, NC were encouraged to apply to be extras. Several were cast for background roles. Students from the Stage and Screen department of nearby Western Carolina University were cast as shooting stand-ins for the main actors.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Woody Harrelson described this as "Super Troopers (2001) meets Seven Psychopaths (2012)"
When we first meet Welby in the billboard office he is reading A Good Man Is Hard to Find, the short story collection by Flannery O'Connor.
McDonagh was inspired to write the movie after seeing billboards about an unsolved crime while traveling "somewhere down in the Georgia, Florida, Alabama corner".
Abbie Cornish, Sam Rockwell, Zeljko Ivanek and Woody Harrelson had worked with Martin McDonagh in Seven Psychopaths (2012).
The hospital and doctor's office scenes were filmed at Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde, NC. The restaurant scene was filmed at J. Arthur's restaurant in Maggie Valley, NC.
The film was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where it premiered on September 4, 2017. It also played at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won its top prize, the People's Choice Award. This film was also screened at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival.
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Frances McDormand; and three Oscar nominees: Woody Harrelson, Lucas Hedges and John Hawkes.
The critical bar scene with Dixon was shot in the Town Pump Tavern on Cherry Street in Black Mountain, NC.
The film received six 2017 Golden Globes nominations: Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director, Best Actress Drama (McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Rockwell), Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score.
Won four Golden Globes: Best Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor.
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Gala Screening on the 14th edition of Dubai International Film Festival, screened on 11th December 2017.
Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson previously appeared in North Country (2005).
Zeljko Ivanek was in In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths.
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Peter Dinklage all have appeared in a show from HBO. McDormand in Olive Kitteridge, Harrelson in True Detective, and of course Dinklage in Game of Thrones. McDormand and Dinklage both ended up winning Emmys for their performances in their respective shows in 2015.
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Sandy Martin appeared in Martin McDonagh's previous film, Seven Psychopaths, as the mother of a dead mobster. However, her scene was cut. It appears in the deleted scenes.
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