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Writers (WGA):
Dorothy Allison (book)
Anne Meredith (teleplay)
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Release Date:
15 December 1996 (USA) See more »
Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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Jena Malone's superb performance near perfection See more (60 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Anney Boatwright

Ron Eldard ... Glen Waddell

Glenne Headly ... Aunt Ruth

Lyle Lovett ... Wade

Jena Malone ... Ruth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright

Dermot Mulroney ... Lyle Parsons

Christina Ricci ... Dee Dee

Michael Rooker ... Uncle Earle

Diana Scarwid ... Aunt Raylene

Susan Traylor ... Alma

Grace Zabriskie ... Granny
Richard Todd Sullivan ... Travis

Pat Hingle ... Mr. Waddell

Lindley Mayer ... Reese
Jamison Stewart ... Grey
Timothy Stewart ... Garvey
Kelsey Elizabeth Boulware ... Bone at age 4
Jeffrey Pillars ... Truck Driver
Rick Warner ... Young Clerk

Joe Maggard ... Man at Cafe

D.L. Anderson ... Woman at Cafe
Nelson George ... Justice of the Peace
Gene Dann ... Worker
Jim Gloster ... Intern
Derin Altay ... Mrs. Parsons
Suellen Yates ... Mr. Waddells Wife (as Sue Ellen Yates)

Sonny Shroyer ... Sheriff

Jerry Winsett ... Brother Calvin
J.C. Quinn ... Officer

Laura Dern ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Janice McQueen Ward ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Directed by
Anjelica Huston 
Writing credits
Dorothy Allison (book)

Anne Meredith (teleplay)

Produced by
Amanda DiGiulio .... producer
Gary Hoffman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Van Dyke Parks 
Cinematography by
Anthony B. Richmond 
Film Editing by
Éva Gárdos 
Casting by
John Brace 
Linda Lowy 
Production Design by
Nelson Coates 
Set Decoration by
Burton Rencher 
Costume Design by
Van Broughton Ramsey 
Makeup Department
Patti Brand .... assistant makeup artist
Susan Buffington .... assistant hair stylist
Julie Hewett .... key makeup artist
Medusah .... key hair stylist (as Medusah Aulenta-Spira)
Nikoletta Skarlatos .... makeup artist
Rita Troy .... assistant hair stylist
Bernard Williams .... assistant hair stylist
Dana Williams .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Amanda DiGiulio .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy M. Bourne .... first assistant director: second unit (as Tim Bourne)
Hilbert Hakim .... second second assistant director
Lynn Wegenka .... second assistant director
Mary Ellen Woods .... first assistant director
Art Department
Peter Battistelli .... construction coordinator
Danya Browder .... art department coordinator
Sean Christopher .... set dresser
Valerie Fann .... art department buyer
Alex Ferguson .... set dresser
John France .... set dresser
Steve George .... assistant propmaster (as Steven H. George)
Kevin Hardison .... set designer
Michael D. Harrell .... assistant props
David E. Harshbarger .... property master
Susan Jones .... assistant props
Rebecca Leonard .... paint foreman
Stephanie Macomber .... scenic (as Stephanie Macomber Kern)
Christopher Mahan .... on-set dresser
Joe Malys .... storyboard artist
Robert Ostermann .... charge scenic (as Bob Osterman)
Chester A. Spier .... lead man
Birdie Talanca .... construction buyer
Mike Underwood .... set dresser
Sound Department
Peter Bentley .... sound mixer
Peter Bergren .... sound editor
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo sound consultant
David E. Fluhr .... sound re-recording mixer
Phil Hadaway .... adr engineer
David Hankins .... supervising sound editor
John A. Merten .... sound recordist
Brooke Satrazemis .... sound assistant
Ron Sistare .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Lorenzo Hall .... special effects assistant
Greg Hull .... special effects supervisor
Jeff Johnson .... special effects assistant
Gus Ramsden .... special effects assistant
E.W. Shipper .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Mindy Minkow .... optical camera operator
John Copeman .... stunts
Dale Frye .... stunts
David Paul Lord .... stunts (as David Lord)
Dean Mumford .... stunt coordinator
Charles Page .... stunts
Michele Waitman .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Aldridge .... first assistant camera
Ryan Bartsch .... grip
Logan R. Berkshire .... key grip
Joe D'Alessandro .... director of photography: second unit
Henry E. Ezzell III .... best boy grip
Bill Finger .... first assistant camera: second unit
Rufus Granger Jr. .... dolly grip
Gerald D. Hatchell .... grip
Billy Hendricks .... electrician
Adam Hinson .... electrician
Michael Jarocki .... second assistant camera: second unit
Michael A. Jones .... electrician
Terry D. Long .... electrician
Jack McCollum .... best boy electric
Mick McNeely .... gaffer
Jeff Moore .... camera operator
Jonathan 'Chunky' Richmond .... second assistant camera
Tim Rook .... grip
Derek Smith .... camera loader
Casting Department
Andrea Curtis .... additional casting
Lisa Mae Fincannon .... casting: North Carolina
Regan Forman .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eliza Diggs .... seamstress
Sonny Merritt .... costume supervisor
Natalie Nye .... seamstress
Alice Powell .... seamstress
Jonny Pray .... set costumer
Nina Proctor .... set costumer
Nava R. Sadan .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Tracy Curtis .... first assistant film editor
Roger La Prairie .... colorist
Stephanie Laing .... post-production coordinator (as Stephanie Cone)
Sharon McGeeney .... negative cutter
Bob McMillian .... color timer
Ken Woodburn .... second assistant film editor
Music Department
Todd Hayen .... composer: additional music
Frank Macchia .... orchestrator
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
Richard Whitfield .... music editor
Transportation Department
Michael Coady .... driver
Donell Crumpler Jr. .... transportation co-captain (as Donell Crumpler)
Tyler C. Daum .... transportation coordinator
Robin Drinkwater .... driver
Wayne Jones .... transportation captain
Other crew
Peter Paul Basler .... production assistant (as Peter Basler)
David Curtis .... production assistant
Louis Anthony Difelice .... location manager
Robin Drinkwater .... script supervisor: second unit
Alyce Fahsholtz .... assistant production coordinator
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
Chad Graves .... production assistant
Bass Hampton .... assistant location manager
Therese Honeycutt .... craft service
Stone Lyons .... production assistant
Carla Meyer .... dialect coach
Daniella Milton .... assistant: Ms. Huston
Fay Moss .... auditor
Thomas Parris .... production assistant
Nina Proctor .... shop supervisor
Orchid Ra .... utility stand in
Thom Rainey .... script supervisor
Shannon Rippy .... production coordinator
Deborah Ross .... title designer
Alicia Rudd .... animal wrangler
Lisa G. Shillingburg .... first assistant accountant
Jennifer Small .... assistant craft services
Jennifer Small .... production assistant
Tara Nicole Weyr .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for strong depiction of sexual and violent abuse, including a rape scene involving a young girl
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Canada:18A | Canada:(Banned) (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating on appeal) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Japan:R-15 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:Unrated | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Ron Eldard spent a lot of time playing sports with Jena Malone so they would both feel comfortable performing the scenes in which he is physically abusing her. He claimed that in no scene did inappropriate contact with Malone take place, and that for scenes in which he appears to grab her by the throat, he is actually only holding her by his fingertips. Eldard was adamant that the graphic depiction of sexual abuse and rape was a necessity for the film.See more »
Anachronisms: (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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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Jena Malone's superb performance near perfection, 28 September 2000
Author: ancient-andean from Bolivia

Knowing that the movie deals with the multiple abuse of a young girl, I first read a long interview with Jena Malone, who plays 10 year old Bones, about her role in the movie and the relationship with both her mother and the film crew. I was assured that she is a strong girl and understood the role she played.

When she was little Bones' own daddy swings her around and around in a beautiful scene by a lake. There are sparkles on the water and in her eyes. But tragedy takes her daddy away, and for, what must have been a few years, she sits in the back of her car cuddling her little sister and waiting for her mother to get off shift at the cafe she worked at. Her mom gets married to a man who is pathetic, and at the same time angry, violent and ultimately a monster of cruelty to little Bones. Early on, he sexually abuses her in the car as they wait outside the hospital for her mother to give birth. Jena Malone played her part to perfection. Her pain, crooked smile, perfect cracker accent, defiance and fear drilled itself into my heart. I could feel her hopelessness and at the same time the flashes of joy when she was free to sing, as well as the love and protection she felt for her little sister.

The relationships between the characters were fully developed. While I cheered when Bones' stepfather was beat up, I still had a hard time hating him as much as I should. Bones' mother, although a sympathetic character who loved her babies, I may not forgive, at least from the time she carried Bones out of the hospital.

Altogether a ten star movie.

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