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Small Town Crime is a 2017 American thriller film directed by Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms. It stars John Hawkes as an alcoholic ex-cop who discovers a woman left for dead on the side of a road and finds himself compelled to locate the killer. As he investigates further, he encounters several shady characters and inadvertently puts his family in danger.[1] It also stars Anthony Anderson, Clifton Collins Jr., Michael Vartan, Caity Lotz, James Lafferty, Robert Forster and Octavia Spencer.

Small Town Crime
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
  • Eshom Nelms
  • Ian Nelms
Produced by
  • John J. Kelly
  • Brad Johnson
  • Parisa Caviani
Written by
  • Eshom Nelms
  • Ian Nelms
Music byChris Westlake
CinematographyJohnny Derango
Edited byTraton Lee
  • 6 Foot Films
  • Avva Pictures
  • John J. Kelly Entertainment
Distributed by
Release date
  • March 11, 2017 (2017-03-11) (SXSW)
  • January 19, 2018 (2018-01-19) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film premiered at SXSW on March 11, 2017 and was made available to watch on DirecTV Cinema beginning December 21, 2017 before getting released in select theaters January 19, 2018, by Saban Films.[2]



Principal photography began in February 2016 and took place over 35 days in Utah.[3]


The film premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival on March 11, 2017. DirecTV and Saban Films later secured the North American distribution rights, and released the film on January 19, 2018.[4]

Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 77% based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10.[5] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[6]


  1. ^ Leydon, Joe (March 21, 2017). "Film Review: 'Small Town Crime". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "2018 January Movies". MovieWeb. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  3. ^ Brooks, Brian (January 19, 2018). "John Hawkes, Octavia Spencer In 'Small Town Crime'; 'The Final Year' Recalls Obama – Specialty B.O. Preview". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  4. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (March 20, 2017). "Saban Films & DirecTV Nab SXSW Pic 'Small Town Crime'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Small Town Crime (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Small Town Crime Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 17, 2018.

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