The Mule is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Clint Eastwood.

Official trailers

Warner Bros. Pictures on Thursday, October 04, 2018 released the trailer:
THE MULE - Official Trailer.

Story intro

Earl Stone, in his 80s, is an award-winning horticulturist and Korean War veteran in Peoria, Illinois. He is facing financial ruin and is estranged from his ex-wife Mary and daughter Iris, for always putting work before family. He's still on friendly terms with his granddaughter Ginny and attends her wedding rehearsal. Desperate for money, he takes up an offer from the friend of one of Ginny's bridesmaids and becomes a "mule" transporting cocaine through Illinois for a Mexican drug cartel. Facing little suspicion due to his age, race, spotless criminal history, and strict adherence to driving laws, Earl is soon trusted with huge amounts of drugs and paid large amounts of cash. With the money he obtains from drug-running, he buys a new truck, settles his financial problems, pays for renovations of the local VFW Post, and his granddaughter's wedding and education. He becomes friendly with the cartel members, who call him Tata ("grandfather"). Meanwhile, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task force is narrowing in on the cartel's deliveries to Chicago. Tensions within the cartel erupt when a power-hungry lieutenant assassinates the boss, Laton, and subsequently demands Earl be kept under tighter control. In the middle of a large cocaine shipment, Earl learns that Mary is gravely ill. After Ginny talks some sense into him, he postpones a drug delivery to make peace with Mary before her death, which provokes the cartel's ire. He resumes the delivery as the DEA and the cartel close in on him.


Clint Eastwood
Earl Stone, a drug mule (based on Leo Sharp)
Bradley Cooper
Colin Bates, a DEA Agent (based on Jeff Moore)
Laurence Fishburne
Carl, the DEA Special Agent in Charge
Michael Peña
Trevino, a DEA agent and Bates' partner
Dianne Wiest
Mary, Earl's ex-wife
Ignacio Serricchio
Julio, a cartel handler
Andy García
Latón, a Cartel boss
Taissa Farmiga
Ginny, Earl's granddaughter
Alison Eastwood
Iris, Earl's estranged daughter
Richard Herd
Tim Kennedy
Lobo Sebastian
Manny Montana
Noel Gugliemi
Bald Rob
Loren Dean
DEA Agent Brown
Victor Rasuk
Clifton Collins Jr.
Robert LaSardo
Eugene Cordero
Luis Rocha


Principal photography began on June 4, 2018 in Atlanta, Rome, and Augusta, Georgia.

The film The Mule was scheduled to be released on December 10, 2018 (Regency Village Theater), on December 14, 2018 (United States), on January 25, 2019 (United Kingdom) and on January 31, 2019 (Germany) by Karo Premiere, NOS Audiovisuais, SF Studios, Tanweer Alliances, Warner Bros. F.E., Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Home Video.

The duration of the film is 116 minutes. With a budget of $50 million, the film grossed over $172.5 million.

The film had received a "R" rating.


The Mule got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

Official website:

Wikipedia: The Mule (2018 film)

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