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Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

R | | Drama | 15 December 1996 (USA)
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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glen Waddell
Aunt Ruth
Lyle Parsons
Aunt Raylene
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 <titus@idirect.com>

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

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15 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abuso a la inocencia  »

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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.
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Written by Tommy Duncan
Performed by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
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Deeply disturbing with highly intense performances.
3 September 2002 | by (Kingston, Ontario) – See all my reviews

"Bastard Out of Carolina" is by far the most disturbing film I have ever seen. At the same time, it is one of the finest films to be made in history. Words cannot explain how deeply this film affected me, I couldn't move when the credits rolled up, I could do nothing but think about what I had just seen. The performances here are nothing but astonishing. Jennifer Jason Leigh gives a wonderful, heart-felt performance, and at times you just want to slap her and say "wake up!". The greatest performance in this film though is by Jena Malone. Wow, I've never seen such an intense performance by any actress let alone a child actress.

All in all, a great film. *****/out of 5

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