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Theatrical release poster
Directed by George Clooney
Produced by
Written by
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Robert Elswit
Edited by Stephen Mirrione
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • September 2, 2017 (2017-09-02) (Venice)
  • October 27, 2017 (2017-10-27) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English

Suburbicon is a 2017 American crime comedy film[3] directed by George Clooney, and written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Clooney, and Grant Heslov. The film stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac, it was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival and premiered on September 2, 2017.[4] It was also screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 27, 2017.[5]


A deceptively peaceful community hides a violent underbelly when Damon's character is forced to kill mobsters to defend his family.[6]



According to producer Joel Silver, Joel and Ethan Coen originally wrote the script for Suburbicon in 1986, soon after the release of Blood Simple.[7] In 2005, it was reported that George Clooney would star in and direct Suburbicon, it would be produced by the Coen brothers.[8]

On December 8, 2015, Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Josh Brolin joined the cast.[9] Oscar Isaac and Woody Harrelson later joined the cast.[10]

On August 31, 2016, Noah Jupe and Glenn Fleshler joined the cast. Jupe plays Damon's character's son, while Fleshler plays a hitman,[11] on September 27, 2016, Harrelson said in an interview that he would not be in Suburbicon due to scheduling conflicts.[12] As of October 11, 2016, Suburbicon has begun filming in Los Angeles.[13]

Alexandre Desplat composed the film's score.[14] In August 2017, it was reported that Brolin had been cut from the film.[15]


Paramount Pictures will release the film on October 27, 2017.[16]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 40% based on 52 reviews and an average rating of 5.4/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "A disappointing misfire for director George Clooney, Suburbicon attempts to juggle social satire, racial commentary, and murder mystery -- and ends up making a mess of all three."[17] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score 46 out of 100, based 20 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[18]


Year Award/Festival Category Winner/Nominee Result
2017 74th Venice Film Festival[19][20][21] Golden Lion George Clooney Nominated
Green Drop Award George Clooney Nominated
Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award George Clooney Won
Fragiacomo Award George Clooney Won
Franca Sozzani Award Julianne Moore Won


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  13. ^ Sweeney, Emily (October 12, 2016). "Check out Matt Damon on the set of his latest movie". Boston Globe. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Alexandre Desplat to Score George Clooney's 'Suburbicon'". FilmMusicReporter. March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  15. ^ Collis, Clark (August 14, 2017). "Josh Brolin was cut from final version of Suburbicon". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  16. ^ Gettell, Oliver (March 27, 2017). "George Clooney's Suburbicon sets award season release date". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
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