Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

R  |   |  Drama  |  15 December 1996 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 3,319 users   Metascore: 75/100
Reviews: 60 user | 14 critic | 11 from

Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, ... See full summary »



(book), (teleplay)
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Burning Bed (TV Movie 1984)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An abused battered wife has had enough of husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there's not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep.

Director: Robert Greenwald
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Paul Le Mat, Richard Masur
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After their parents' untimely death in a car accident, Penny struggles to take care of her younger sister Mary, who suffers from an incurable disease. A precocious former poet, Penny has ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Miner
Stars: Mary Stuart Masterson, Jena Malone, Karl Geary
A Killer Among Friends (TV Movie 1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The film tells why a girl was killed by two of her best friends.

Director: Charles Robert Carner
Stars: Patty Duke, Margaret Welsh, Tiffani Thiessen
Queen (TV Mini-Series 1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A plantation owner's son falls in love with a slave named Easter and together they have a Mixed race daughter named Queen. As Queen grows up, she faces the struggle of trying to fit into ... See full summary »

Stars: Ann-Margret, Patricia Clarkson, Tim Daly
Ellen Foster (TV Movie 1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home.

Director: John Erman
Stars: Julie Harris, Jena Malone, Ted Levine
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A 16-year-old girl visits her gay half-brother and ends up seducing his boyfriend, thus wreaking havoc on all of their lives.

Director: Don Roos
Stars: Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow
A Friend to Die For (TV Movie 1994)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Angela Delvecchio for some reason transfers from a Catholic school to a public school in the same town. She proceeds to try to make friends with the most popular girl in school which leads ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Graham
Stars: Kellie Martin, Tori Spelling, James Avery
No One Would Tell (TV Movie 1996)
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Shy sixteen-year-old Stacy Collins can't believe that the most popular guy in school, an attractive athlete named Bobby Tennison, is interested in her. At first she is flattered by his ... See full summary »

Director: Noel Nosseck
Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Fred Savage, Gregory Alan Williams
Now and Then (1995)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Four 12-year-old girls grow up together during an eventful small-town summer in 1970.

Director: Lesli Linka Glatter
Stars: Christina Ricci, Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell
Love, Lies and Murder (TV Movie 1991)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This movie, based on the true story, begins with the murder of a housewife. When troubled teenage daughter confesses the crime, it looks like a solved case. But, the investigators are ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Markowitz
Stars: Clancy Brown, Sheryl Lee, Moira Kelly
She's Too Young (TV Movie 2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A mother/daughter relationship is thrown off balance when the mother (Marcia Gay Harden) discovers that her "good girl" daughter (Alexis Dziena) is part of a group who are engaging in ... See full summary »

Director: Tom McLoughlin
Stars: Marcia Gay Harden, Alexis Dziena, Mike Erwin
Small Sacrifices (TV Movie 1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

On the 19th of May 1983 Diane Downs stops at the McKenzie-Williamette-Hospital and cries for help. She is wounded on her arm and her three children are also wounded seriously. She says that... See full summary »

Director: David Greene
Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal, Gordon Clapp


Cast overview, first billed only:
Glen Waddell
Aunt Ruth
Lyle Parsons
Aunt Raylene
Richard Todd Sullivan ...
Mr. Waddell
Jamison Stewart ...


Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as her last chance. Written by Lew Jacobs <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong depiction of sexual and violent abuse, including a rape scene involving a young girl | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

15 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abuso a la inocencia  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Directorial debut of Anjelica Huston. See more »


(00:12:57) Dermot Mulroney's character (Lyle Parsons) is driving along a road past a modern looking house with a very modern looking red truck parked in the driveway. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: "People pay for what they do, and still more for what they allow themselves to become. And they pay for it simply; by the lives they lead." James Baldwin.
See more »


I Walk The Line
Written by Johnny Cash (as John R. Cash)
Performed by Johnny Cash
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Not as good as you've been made to believe.
22 August 2002 | by (St. Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

An excellent cast who do their best with an awful script, inept direction, and some of the worst score that I have ever heard. More TV movie of the week than serious drama. Which is sad when one considers that the source material is very serious and very real. The film makers decided that instead of building drama and character, it was better to just show the most graphic and violent bits and hope that the audience would be shocked into sympathy and caring. In my opinion, one the most blatant forms of cut and paste film adapting.

12 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
why wasnt the director arrested? biggnidogg
Did the mom go back to the molestor??? brooks2165
Disgusting! Ron kisses poor Jena !! inconvulsions
The only problem I have MariaDeluca
Birth Certificate pinchhitter1234
Discuss Bastard Out of Carolina (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: