The Devil Has a Name

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The Devil Has a Name
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byEdward James Olmos
Produced by
Written byRobert McEveety
Music by
  • Ariel Marx
  • Mark Tschanz
CinematographyReynaldo Villalobos
Edited byRobert K. Lambert
  • Four Horsemen
  • StoryBoard Media
Distributed byMomentum Pictures
Release date
  • August 4, 2019 (2019-08-04) (LALIFF)
  • October 16, 2020 (2020-10-16) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$7.2 million[1]

The Devil Has a Name is a 2019 American dark comedy film starring and directed by Edward James Olmos.[2] It also stars David Strathairn, Kate Bosworth, Pablo Schreiber, Katie Aselton, Haley Joel Osment, Alfred Molina, and Martin Sheen. The film premiered at the 2019 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.[3] It was then released in the United States in selected theaters, through video on demand, and on digital platforms on October 16, 2020, by Momentum Pictures.[4][5]


It is a fictionalized drama of true events surrounding California's Central Valley water contamination wars.


  • David Strathairn as Fred Stern, a stubborn farmer whose farm gets poisoned by Gigi's company
  • Edward James Olmos as Santiago, a Mexican immigrant and Fred's confidant
  • Alfred Molina as Big Boss, a psychopathic CEO who wants to bring Gigi down
  • Kate Bosworth as Gigi Cutler, an arrogant regional director of Shore Oil and Gas
  • Martin Sheen as Ralph Aegis, an environmental lawyer who takes Fred's case
  • Haley Joel Osment as Alex Gardner, a failing advertising agent who's recruited by Gigi
  • Pablo Schreiber as Ezekiel, an ambitious yet cruel pyromaniac
  • Katie Aselton as Olive Gore, Shore's high-powered, alcoholic lawyer
  • Michael Hogan as Judge, known to Gigi as "Lance"


Principal photography started in Los Angeles in February 2018.[6]


  1. ^ "Film and Television Tax Credit Program 2.0 – Alphabetical Listing of Approved Projects" (PDF). California Film Commission. September 26, 2019. p. 4. Retrieved September 17, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Lang, Brent (January 22, 2018). "David Strathairn to Star in Edward James Olmos' 'The Devil Has a Name' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  3. ^ July, Beandrea (August 5, 2019). "'The Devil Has a Name': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  4. ^ "Greed, Poison, and More! Watch the Exclusive Trailer for 'The Devil Has a Name'". Extra. September 15, 2020. Retrieved September 17, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Billington, Alex (September 16, 2020). "David Strathairn vs Corporate Greed in 'The Devil Has a Name' Trailer". Retrieved September 17, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (February 6, 2018). "Kate Bosworth, Alfred Molina Join Edward James Olmos' 'The Devil Has A Name' – Berlin". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 7, 2018.

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