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Georgia (1995)

R  |   |  Drama, Music  |  8 December 1995 (USA)
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Sadie is desperately looking up to her older sister Georgia who is a famous C&W artist. Sadie wants to be a famous artist like her sister, but is always doing everything wrong. Her ... See full summary »

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Axel Goldman
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Bobby
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Herman
Jimmy Witherspoon ...
Trucker
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Chasman
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Erwin Flood
Smokey Hormel ...
Leland
Jimmy Z. ...
Clay
Tony Marsico ...
Paul
Jamian Briar ...
Andrew Flood
Rachel Rasco ...
Mish Flood
Nicole Donahoo ...
Young Sadie Flood
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Sadie is desperately looking up to her older sister Georgia who is a famous C&W artist. Sadie wants to be a famous artist like her sister, but is always doing everything wrong. Her desperate need to be accepted by her sister is constantly complicated by her drug and alcohol problems. Georgia lives a very ordered life with husband, house and children, and Sadie does everything to get her attention. Written by <Magnus.Salomonsson.3041@student.uu.se>

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The toughest act to follow was their dreams.

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for substance abuse, language and a sex scene | See all certifications »
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8 December 1995 (USA)  »

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Georgia de Ulu Grosbard  »

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$2,907,768 (USA)
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Trivia

The film is based on an actual incident that happened in the family of Jennifer Jason Leigh and Barbara Turner, who is Leigh's mother and the film's writer. See more »

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(at around 6 mins) Bobby's right hand is on, then off, his water glass. See more »

Quotes

Georgia: What are you drinking?
Sadie Flood: You know me. Whatever's cheap or free.
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I CAN'T STAND IT
Written and Performed by Eric Clapton
Courtesy RSO Records
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Sad and honest
6 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Everyone knows someone like Sadie, the character played by Jennifer Jason Leigh in "Georgia". She is completely unable to fulfill herself; and blames her own self-loathing on the people who love her most. Leigh's acting out of Sadie's behavior is so convincing it's painful to watch.

Sadie is a singer talented enough to get jobs with bands in nightclubs, while her sister, Georgia (played by Mare Winningham), seems to have a perfect career as a gifted folk singer. Sadie sees her life in shadow of her sister's, and with that dooming premise overlooks anything of value or potential in her own. Her mistakes become increasingly wrenching as she progresses in various substance addictions, blows jobs and puts herself in harm's way. Sadie's awareness at her own lack of control is both irritating and pitiful -- we see the people that love her try to help, including her sweet husband played with a deft touch by Max Perlich, but how can you help someone who can't help herself? The film is masterful in showing the conflicts that Georgia has, too, while she tries to resolve how she should deal with Sadie's shortcomings and her own anger and resentment.

The film drags in places and sometimes Leigh overdoes Sadie's unlikeability a bit, so it is hard to understand why she is given the chances that she has professionally, and personally. But, where Leigh is brash the other actors take up the slack with subtle, well turned out performances. The music communicates a lot of context, too. All in all, an interesting film.


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