About the Film | Promised Land Movie Synopsis | Focus Features

In Promised Land, Matt Damon stars as Steve Butler, a corporate salesman whose journey from farm boy to big-time player takes an unexpected detour when he lands in a small town, where he grapples with a surprising array of both open hearts and closed doors. Gus Van Sant helms the film from an original screenplay written by John Krasinski & Matt Damon, from a story by Dave Eggers.

Steve has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand). The town has been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, and the two consummate sales executives see McKinley's citizens as likely to accept their company's offer - for drilling rights to their properties - as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job and a short stay for the duo becomes complicated - professionally by calls for community-wide consideration of the offer by respected schoolteacher Frank Yates (Academy Award nominee Hal Holbrook) and personally by Steve's encounter with Alice (Rosemarie DeWitt). When Dustin Noble (John Krasinski), a slick environmental activist, arrives, suddenly the stakes, both personal and professional, rise to the boiling point.

Steve Butler - Matt Damon

Dustin Noble - John Krasinski

Sue Thomason - Frances McDormand

Alice - Rosemarie DeWitt

Jeff Dennon - Scoot McNairy

Rob - Titus Welliver

Frank Yates - Hal Holbrook

Director; Executive Producer - Gus Van Sant

Screenplay; Producer - John Krasinski

Screenplay; Producer - Matt Damon

Producer - Chris Moore

Executive Producer - Ron Schmidt

Executive Producer - Jeff Skoll

Executive Producer - Jonathan King

Director of Photography - Linus Sandgren, FSF

Editor - Billy Rich

Production Designer - Daniel B. Clancy

Costume Designer - Juliet Polcsa

Music - Danny Elfman