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** Creator/TommyLeeJones, too. Though he never really fell off the map, he had a minor slump after a run of very successful films in the mid-90's, and while he had a few critically acclaimed roles inbetween (''Film/APrairieHomeCompanion'', ''Film/TheThreeBurialsOfMelquiadesEstrada''), they weren't major hits or award-winners, and this role brought him back to the forefront. He was also in ''Film/InTheValleyOfElah'' in the same year, which solidified his comeback.


* ActorAllusion: A very dark example. When ruminating on the state of the world, Sheriff Bell references the recent murder of a federal judge. The murder occurred in real life and was committed by hitman Charles Harrelson, father of Creator/WoodyHarrelson who plays Wells.


* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Javier Bardem, whose icy, menacing and intense performance as Anton Chigurh won him a well-deserved Oscar and created one of the most memorable movie villains in recent history, is in reality a very meek and soft-spoken man; most of his other roles have been in romantic comedies. He confessed to being alarmed by the graphic violence in the film and the pure evil of his character, and says he only agreed to take the part because he believed the Coens were using violence to make a meaningful statement.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Javier Bardem, whose icy, menacing and intense performance as Anton Chigurh won him a well-deserved Oscar and created one of the most memorable movie villains in recent history, is in reality a very meek and soft-spoken man; most of his other roles have been in romantic comedies. He confessed to being alarmed by the graphic violence in the film and the pure evil of his character, and says he only agreed to take the part because he believed the Coens were using violence to make a meaningful statement.


** This film was one for the Coens as well. After a seven-year period where their films were commercially unsuccessful, critically unsuccessful, or [[Film/TheLadykillers both]], this film was their first after a three-year hiatus; it's seen by many as their magnum opus, and it created a new boom in their careers.

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** This film was one for the Coens as well. After a seven-year period where their films were commercially unsuccessful, critically unsuccessful, or [[Film/TheLadykillers [[Film/TheLadykillers2004 both]], this film was their first after a three-year hiatus; it's seen by many as their magnum opus, and it created a new boom in their careers.


* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Despite delivering one of the most iconic villain performances of the last few decades, if not ever, and winning an Oscar for it, Javier Bardem is known for being extremely friendly and states that while it was a dream to work with the Coen Brothers, he did not enjoy playing Anton because of how dark and evil the character was.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Josh Brolin got his role after Creator/HeathLedger was offered it and turned it down.

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* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'', which was being shot around the same time in rural Texas, [[note]] One story notes how close both sets were, to the point where during filming of the oil derrick scene of ''There Will Be Blood'', ''No Country for Old Men'' had to shut down filming for the day due to the smoke interrupting the shoot. [[/note]] was also a DarkerAndEdgier film by [[Creator/PaulThomasAnderson (a) respected auteur(s)]], released around the same time by the same distributors (Paramount Vantage & Miramax) and competed for Best Picture at The Oscars.


* ActorAllusion: A very dark example. When ruminating on the state of the world, Sheriff Bell references the recent murder of a federal judge. The murder occured in real life and was committed by hitman Charles Harrelson, father of Creator/WoodyHarrelson who plays Wells.

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* ActorAllusion: A very dark example. When ruminating on the state of the world, Sheriff Bell references the recent murder of a federal judge. The murder occured occurred in real life and was committed by hitman Charles Harrelson, father of Creator/WoodyHarrelson who plays Wells.



* RealitySubtext: The book was written partly as the author's reaction to the sensation of escalating violence brought in by drug trafficking, starting in the early eighties and continuing to this day. To evoke this, the book and movie are {{Period Piece}}s. [[spoiler: The author's response to this feeling can possibly be seen in the Uncle's speech near the end, who outright states that things are not worse or better than the past, they just always feel that way to those living at that moment]].

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* RealitySubtext: The book was written partly as the author's reaction to the sensation of escalating violence brought in by drug trafficking, starting in the early eighties and continuing to this day. To evoke this, the book and movie are {{Period Piece}}s. [[spoiler: The author's response to this feeling can possibly be seen in the Uncle's speech near the end, who when he outright states that things are not worse or better than the past, they just always feel that way to those living at that moment]].


* CareerResurrection: It helped get Creator/JoshBrolin noticed again after a long down period in his career.
** This film was one for the Coens as well. After a seven-year period where their films were comercially unsuccessful, critically unsuccessful or [[Film/TheLadykillers both]], this film was their first after a three-year hiatus and is seen by many as their magnum opus and created a new boom in their careers.
* DawsonCasting: Carla Jean is a teenage wife in the novel and is played by 30-year-old Kelly [=MacDonald=] in the film, though this could be more an AgeLift

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It helped get Creator/JoshBrolin noticed again after a long down period in his career.
** This film was one for the Coens as well. After a seven-year period where their films were comercially commercially unsuccessful, critically unsuccessful unsuccessful, or [[Film/TheLadykillers both]], this film was their first after a three-year hiatus and is hiatus; it's seen by many as their magnum opus opus, and it created a new boom in their careers.
* DawsonCasting: Carla Jean is a teenage wife in the novel and is played by 30-year-old Kelly [=MacDonald=] in the film, though this could be more an AgeLiftAgeLift.


* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Despite delivering one of the most iconic villain performances of the last few decades, if not ever, and winning an Oscar for it, Javier Bardem is known for bringing extremely friendly and states that while it was a dream to work with the Coen Brothers, he did not enjoy playing Anton because of how dark and evil the character was.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Despite delivering one of the most iconic villain performances of the last few decades, if not ever, and winning an Oscar for it, Javier Bardem is known for bringing being extremely friendly and states that while it was a dream to work with the Coen Brothers, he did not enjoy playing Anton because of how dark and evil the character was.


* DawsonCasting: Carla Jean is a teenage wife in the novel and is played by 30-year-old Kelly [=MacDonald=] in the film.

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* DawsonCasting: Carla Jean is a teenage wife in the novel and is played by 30-year-old Kelly [=MacDonald=] in the film.film, though this could be more an AgeLift


** This film was one for the Coens as well. After a seven-year period where their films were comercially unsuccessful, critically unsuccessful or [[both Film/TheLadykillers]], this film was their first after a three-year hiatus and is seen by many as their magnum opus and created a new boom in their careers.

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** This film was one for the Coens as well. After a seven-year period where their films were comercially unsuccessful, critically unsuccessful or [[both Film/TheLadykillers]], [[Film/TheLadykillers both]], this film was their first after a three-year hiatus and is seen by many as their magnum opus and created a new boom in their careers.

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** This film was one for the Coens as well. After a seven-year period where their films were comercially unsuccessful, critically unsuccessful or [[both Film/TheLadykillers]], this film was their first after a three-year hiatus and is seen by many as their magnum opus and created a new boom in their careers.

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* FollowTheLeader: The Coen Brothers admitted they had to work ''hard'' to make sure the film was distinguishable from ''Film/TheTerminator''.

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