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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Douglas J. Eboch (story)
C. Jay Cox (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 September 2002 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
To friere er en for mange... spesielt når du allerede er gift med den ene... See more »
Plot:
A young woman with a Southern background runs away from her husband in Alabama and reinvents herself as a New York socialite. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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(42 articles)
Fool's Gold
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 4 February 2008)

'Sweet Home' script suit dismissed
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 19 December 2007)

Dance Floor Drama for 'Enchanted'
 (From WENN. 27 November 2007)

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Glad I listened to my instinct, not the critics. A fine and funny movie! See more (384 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Reese Witherspoon ... Melanie Smooter

Josh Lucas ... Jake Perry

Patrick Dempsey ... Andrew Hennings

Candice Bergen ... Mayor Kate Hennings

Mary Kay Place ... Pearl Smooter

Fred Ward ... Earl Smooter

Jean Smart ... Stella Kay Perry

Ethan Embry ... Bobby Ray

Melanie Lynskey ... Lurlynn

Courtney Gains ... Sheriff Wade

Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Dorothea

Rhona Mitra ... Tabatha Wadmore-Smith

Nathan Lee Graham ... Frederick Montana

Sean Bridgers ... Eldon

Fleet Cooper ... Clinton

Kevin Sussman ... Barry Lowenstein
Thomas Curtis ... Young Jake

Dakota Fanning ... Young Melanie
Mark Skinner ... Bruno

Michelle Krusiec ... Pan
Phil Cater ... Pablo
Michael Snow ... Devin
Bob Penny ... Wallace Buford

Mark Matkevich ... Tom Darovsic
Lee Roy Giles ... Eugene the Guard

Afemo Omilami ... Jimmy Lee
Kevin Hagan ... Jimmy the Driver
Dennis Ryan ... Reporter
Jim O'Connor ... Reporter

Leslie Hendrix ... Reporter
Tony Rizzoli ... Gentleman
Bob Seel ... Bartender
Kelsey Lowenthal ... Carrie Lee

Jen Apgar ... Starr

Sarah Baker ... Dix
Deborah Duke ... Sherma (as Deborah Calloway-Duke)

Ted Manson ... Colonel Murphy

Sharon Blackwood ... Virgie
Suzi Bass ... Shirleen
Don Young ... Old Dead Soldier

Jody Thompson ... Dead Soldier

Mark Oliver ... Guard #2
Deidee Deionne ... Press Secretary (as Deide Deionne)
Doug Killen ... Catfish Festival Dancer (as Doug Johnson-Killen)
Emily Furman ... Catfish Festival Dancer
Pete Talton ... Catfish Festival Dancer
Kelli Franklin ... Catfish Festival Singer
Keni Thomas ... Catfish Festival Singer

Jeanne Arnold ... Catfish Festival Singer
Osjha Anderson ... Catfish Festival Singer
Charlotte Pierrepont ... Model

Traci Ann Wolfe ... Model
Jana Lynn Schoep ... Model
Eddy Donno ... Model
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kimberly Adler ... Crowd Member (uncredited)
LaChanda Alexander ... New Yorker (uncredited)

Kena Allen ... TV Fashion Reporter (uncredited)
Gary Beck ... Paparazzi (uncredited)

Mary Jean Bentley ... Wedding Guest #2 (uncredited)
Robert Black ... Paparazzi (uncredited)

Randy Bratton ... Musician (uncredited)
Rich Bryant ... Paparazzi (uncredited)
Haley Buchanan ... Girl at Battlefield (uncredited)

Chris Burns ... Wedding Guest #1 (uncredited)
Brandon Carroll ... Line Dancer (uncredited)

Doshia Darmane ... Event Patron (uncredited)
Aimee Davis ... Festival Patron (uncredited)

Colin Ford ... Clinton Jr. (uncredited)
Laurie Gardner ... Festival Dancer (uncredited)

Jason Guy ... Red Carpet Photographer (uncredited)
Rodney L. James ... Photographer (uncredited)

Ambre Lake ... Wedding Coordinator (uncredited)

Matt Mangum ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Charles McClelland ... Paparazzo (uncredited)
Matthew D. Miller ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Jacob Moyer Moats ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Ernest Peterson ... Friend (uncredited)
Arvell Poe ... Airline Passenger (uncredited)

Andrew Prine ... Sheriff Holt (uncredited)
Joel Sturdivant ... Line Dancer (uncredited)
Lori Williams ... Country Line Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Andy Tennant 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Douglas J. Eboch (story)

C. Jay Cox (screenplay)

Produced by
Stokely Chaffin .... producer
Jeff Diaz .... assistant producer
Michael Fottrell .... executive producer
Jon Jashni .... executive producer
Wink Mordaunt .... executive producer
Neal H. Moritz .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Fenton 
 
Cinematography by
Andrew Dunn (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Troy Takaki 
Tracey Wadmore-Smith 
 
Casting by
Juel Bestrop 
Kathleen Chopin 
Jeanne McCarthy 
 
Production Design by
Clay A. Griffith 
 
Art Direction by
Jay Pelissier 
 
Set Decoration by
Lisa K. Sessions 
 
Costume Design by
Sophie De Rakoff  (as Sophie de Rakoff Carbonell)
 
Makeup Department
John Caglione Jr. .... makeup department head: East Coast
Victor DeNicola .... key hair stylist: New York (as Victor DeNicola Jr.)
Roxanne Ferguson .... hair stylist
Philip Ivey .... key hair stylist (as Phillip Ivey)
Harriette Landau .... assistant makeup artist
Sarah Mays .... makeup department head (as Sarah Mays Roberts)
Anne Morgan .... hair designer: show
Anne Morgan .... stylist: Ms. Witherspoon
Susan Ransom .... assistant makeup artist
Linda Thompson .... additional hair stylist
Dawn Turner .... hair stylist
Brad Wilder .... co-head makeup department
Brad Wilder .... makeup artist: Ms. Witherspoon
Leigh Ann Yandle .... assistant makeup artist (as Leigh Ann Yandle-Perry)
Joani Yarbrough .... hair department head
Wendy Bell .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Christine Domaniecki .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Susan 'Star' Orr .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Judy Ponder-Patton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Michael Fottrell .... unit production manager
Cheryl Quarantiello .... unit production manager
Sara E. White .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis D'Esposito .... first assistant director
Kristina M. Peterson .... second second assistant director
Hillary Schwartz .... additional second assistant director
Michael Viglietta .... second assistant director
Eric Yellin .... second second assistant director: New York
 
Art Department
David H. Allen .... property master
Sharon E. Alshams .... lead set designer
Pedro Barquin .... head greens coordinator
Dwight Benjamin-Creel .... property master
Wren Boney .... key set dresser
George Capetanos .... assistant property master: reshoots
Jessee J. Clarkson .... propmaker
Christopher Didiot .... on-set dresser (as Christopher Parr)
Donald Dowd .... set dresser
David Dreyer .... set dresser
Andrew Seward Duncan .... assistant property master
John S. Fore .... construction gangboss
Daniel B. Foster .... on-set dresser
Shepherd Frankel .... assistant art director
Emily Gaunt .... camera scenic: New York
Egan Gauntt .... art department coordinator
Solomon King .... greens
Bill Kolpin .... set dresser: New York (as William Kolpin)
Tony Kupersmith .... construction coordinator (as A.I. Kupersmith)
Johnny Land .... painter
George A. Lee .... assistant property master
Alba Leone .... lead person (as Alba Domini Leone)
Alisa Lumbreras .... scenic foreperson
Wayne Scott Miller .... on-set dresser: New York (as Wayne Miller)
Thomas Minton .... assistant art director
Mark Nave .... carpenter
Robert Tate Nichols .... set dresser
Tripp Norton .... set dresser (as William Tripp Norton)
Michael Pisani .... set dresser
Wayne Shepherd .... assistant set decorator
Brian Stultz .... head scenic artist
Lance Totten .... set dresser (as C. Lance Totten)
Christopher 'Woody' Wdowin .... set dresser
Alyson Wellins .... art department coordinator: New York
Ford Wheeler .... set decorator: New York
Chris Hunter .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Byron K. Lovelace .... props: New York (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David A. Arnold .... dialogue editor
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Bob Beemer .... re-recording mixer
Freddy Chancellor .... boom operator
John T. Cucci .... foley artist (as John Cucci)
Teri E. Dorman .... supervising dialogue editor
Mary H. Ellis .... production sound mixer
Matthew Harrison .... supervising foley editor
Allen Hartz .... dialogue editor
Suhail Kafity .... supervising sound editor
James Likowski .... foley editor
Howard London .... adr mixer
Scott Millan .... re-recording mixer
Tom Nelson .... production sound mixer: New York
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Mark Onks .... engineer
R.J. Palmer .... sound effects editor
Fred Peck III .... re-recordist (as Fred W. Peck III)
Drew Ponder .... boom operator
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist
Todd Sayre .... cableperson
Mike Schmidt .... utility sound: New York
David A. Smith .... boom operator (as David Allen Smith)
George Watters II .... supervising sound editor
Christopher T. Welch .... supervising adr editor
Brian Wittle .... boom operator: re-shoots
Linda Lew .... foley recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Fletcher .... special effects coordinator
Chris Mills .... special effects technician
Lisa Reynolds .... special effects assistant
Richard Terry Tjelmeland .... special effects foreman (as R. Terry Tjelmeland)
Kathleen Tonkin .... special effects technician
Rick Lazzarini .... special effects: bloodhound replica (uncredited)
Robert Vazquez .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Mat Beck .... visual effects supervisor: Light Matters/Entity FX
Joseph Brattesani .... lead 2D artist: Light Matters/Entity FX
Cari Chadwick .... digital artist
Mark Felt .... compositor
Nancy Hyland .... digital compositor: Light Matters/Entity FX
Cindy Jones .... visual effects producer: Light Matters/Entity FX
Bill Kunin .... Inferno artist
Sara Lee .... visual effects
Josh Novak .... lead compositor: main title sequence
Dave Sarbell .... digital effects artist
Trent Smith .... visual effects coordinator: Light Matters/Entity FX
Jana Spotts .... visual effects coordinator
Greg Strause .... digital effects supervisor: Light Matters
Eric Swenson .... visual effects director of photography
Brian Bell .... digital artist (uncredited)
Colin Strause .... digital effects supervisor (uncredited)
Renée Tymn .... digital compositor: Cinesite (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Scott Dale .... stunts
Tim Gallin .... stunts
Cal Johnson .... stunt double: Josh Lucas
Cal Johnson .... stunts
Randi Layne .... stunts
Anderson Martin .... stunts
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as Lonnie Smith)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Becker .... rigging gaffer
Stephen Crowley .... best boy electric
Jeff W. Curtis .... grip
David Ellis .... rigging electrician
Donny Fowler .... electrician
Brian Gunter .... gaffer
Elizabeth Hedges .... camera loader: new york
Petr Hlinomaz .... gaffer: New York
Darryl Humber .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Peter Iovino .... still photographer
Nils Johnson .... key video assist operator: New York
Chris Jones .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Christopher Jones)
Lee Kazista .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, New York
Eric Leftridge .... additional assistant camera
Jack McCollum .... rigging electrician
Michael 'Flash' McDonald .... electrician
David McLean .... electrician
Greg Morse .... 24 frame video operator
John S. Moyer .... camera operator: "b" camera
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera (as Dave Norris)
Bill O'Drobinak .... camera operator: "a" camera (as William A. O'Drobinak)
Jesse Wayne Parker .... key rigging grip (as J. Wayne Parker)
Myron Parran .... assistant camera
Mike Pearce .... rigging electrician
C. Alan Rawlins .... key grip
Ted Sapp .... grip
Riko Schatke .... best boy grip
Chad Schroeder .... electrician
Art Schultz .... rigging electrician
Allan D. Smith .... second assistant camera
C. Ashley Sudge .... dolly grip
Steve Sudge .... electrician
Fred Thomas .... camera loader (as Freddy Thomas)
Joseph Thomas .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Mike Tyson .... electrician
Zoran Veselic .... first assistant camera
Steve Zigler .... electrician (as Steve 'Ziggy' Zigler)
John Verardi .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Tea Aaron .... extras casting assistant
Blythe Cappello .... casting associate
Amy Carty .... casting intern
Cazzey Louis Cereghino .... extras casting assistant
Jennifer Euston .... casting associate
Kelli Franklin .... extras casting assistant
Chris Gray .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Jeremy Pelham .... extras casting assistant
Arvell Poe .... extras casting: background players
Rebecca Quick .... extras casting assistant
Nadia Lubbe Simon .... casting assistant (as Nadia Lubbe)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kate Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Jody Felz .... wardrobe assistant
Daniel George .... costumer
Sheila Grover .... costumer (as Sheila Gentile)
Zandra Harding .... seamstress
Mary C. Lane .... costume supervisor
Leigh Leverett .... key set costumer
Nan McCulloch .... set costumer
Marina Ray .... assistant costume designer
Linda N. Robinson .... costumer
Marian Toy .... assistant costume designer: New York City
Karen Young .... costumer
Katie Novello .... costume assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mike Bellamy .... final colorist
Matt Evans .... first assistant editor
Bryan Lamoureux .... assistant editor (as Uncle Bryan Lamoureux)
Steven R. Sacks .... assistant editor
Kurt Smith .... color timer
Stuart Sperling .... assistant editor
Sean Thompson .... first assistant editor
Patrick Thornhill .... assistant editor
Shaun Newton .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Chris Cozens .... auricle control systems
Michael Fey .... music executive
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Joseph Magee .... production music mixer
Nick Page .... music consultant
Steve Price .... score mixer
Steve Price .... score recordist
Michael T. Ryan .... supervising music editor
Dawn Soler .... music supervisor (as Dawn Solér)
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
Bruce White .... viola
Laura Ziffren .... music supervisor (as Laura Z. Wasserman)
Scott Rouse .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Marc Anton .... driver
W. Charles Arnold .... driver
Robert Ballentine .... driver
Walter 'Red' Bedell .... driver (as Walter Bedell)
John Carlisle .... driver
Howard Clark .... driver
Jack Collis .... driver
Keith N. Collis .... driver
Richard F. Diez .... driver (as Rick Diez)
Chuck Graydon .... driver
Wayne A. Mercer .... driver
Cindy Parker .... transportation coordinator
J.L. Parker .... transportation captain
Janet Perrotti .... driver
Johnny Poucher .... driver
Blackie Stephens .... driver
Hank Van Apeldoorn .... driver (as Henry Van Apeldoorn)
David Carlton White .... electrics pre-rig driver
 
Other crew
Alicia Accardo .... script supervisor
Thomas Ahlers .... office assistant
Brian L. Aultman .... production assistant
Nicholas R. Bell .... production assistant: New York
Karen Beyer .... choreographer
Tammy Blackburn .... animal trainer
Christian Brockey .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Russell Brown .... assistant: Mr. Moritz (as Russ Brown)
Ricou Browning Jr. .... water safety
Christopher S. Bryson .... production assistant
Steve Cainas .... production coordinator
Adam Carroll .... production assistant
Amy Carter .... first assistant production accountant: New York
Jan Cerwonka .... studio teacher
Lori M. Cincotta .... assistant: Mr. Tennant (as Lori Cincotta)
Allison Dillard .... location assistant
Alfeo Dixon .... assistant location manager
Gabe Doppelt .... fashion consultant (as Gabé Doppelt)
Andrew Fiero .... production assistant
John Findley .... assistant location manager (as John Findley III)
Jennifer Flournoy .... location assistant: Crawfordville
Benjamin Fretheim .... production assistant
Michael Fucci .... assistant location manager
Shawn Gillespie .... second assistant accountant
Nicole Gordon .... assistant: Ms. Witherspoon
Joanne Guthrie .... production assistant
Mark Hagerman .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Jalyn Henton .... travel and housing coordinator
Marc H. Katz .... craft service
Erica Kay .... production coordinator: New York
Scott Kirkley .... key set production assistant
Tatiana Komlos .... assistant production coordinator
Laura H. Kreft .... payroll accountant
Paul Lowe .... medic
Larry Madrid .... animal trainer
Lilene Mansell .... dialect coach
Marlene Marks .... second assistant accountant
Devin Maurer .... production assistant
Bill McAdams Jr. .... production assistant
Stewart McAlpine .... production assistant
Mack McKelvey .... craft service
Jim McKinney .... key set production assistant: New York
Sandy Medeiros .... production assistant
Lucas Moore .... studio teacher
Josh Nichol .... additional location assistant
Andrea O'Connor .... key production assistant: New York
Quincy Perkins .... production assistant
Jennifer Radzikowski .... location manager: Miami
Gary S. Rake .... production assistant: New York
Mike Riley .... location manager
Rip Russell .... first assistant accountant
Barbara Saunders .... location office assistant
Peter J. Silbermann .... unit publicist
Sally Jo Sousa .... animal trainer: dogs
Charline St. Charles .... assistant to producer
Rozanne Stark .... studio teacher
Regina Stewart-Heckman .... production assistant: New York
Sheilah Sullivan .... accountant
Stan Swofford .... medic
Tara Tovarek .... production secretary
Susan Van Apeldoorn .... craft service (as Susan Van Apledoorn)
Lynda Van Damm .... production accountant
Dana Wasdin .... production assistant
John D. Witherspoon .... assistant: Ms. Witherspoon
Daniela Barbosa .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bella Cosper .... stand-in (uncredited)
Rebecca Edelson .... script clearance administrator (uncredited)
Jessica Lacy .... production assistant (uncredited)
Clare Lord .... location assistant (uncredited)
Matt Mangum .... stand-in (uncredited)
Hayley M. Pogue .... production assistant (uncredited)
Julia M. Sauder .... production assistant: re-shoot (uncredited)
Frank Slaten .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kelly Tippens .... stand-in: Candice Bergen (uncredited)
Yori Tondrowski .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Jennifer Webb .... production associate (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 for some language/sexual references
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108 min
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Charlize Theron was originally cast as Melanie Carmichael, but due to the actor's strike, she jumped to a ready-to-go movie Trapped (2002). Reese Witherspoon was cast the same weekend that Legally Blonde (2001) opened.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Jake throws a bone into the lake for the dog to fetch it, the dog can be seen later on emerging from the water. But it is clearly a fake dog with no natural movement.See more »
Quotes:
Bobby Ray:Guys just get a stick, lets play some pool, alright? And if ya can't find a cue just pull the one shoved up her ass.See more »
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Soundtrack:
To Think I Used to Love YouSee more »

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31 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Glad I listened to my instinct, not the critics. A fine and funny movie!, 6 February 2003
Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

Ever hear of the story of crying "wolf?" Most of the extra forceful reviews of "Sweet Home Alabama" are the professional and amateur reviewers that try to tell us, "stay away, this is a waste of your time, do not see it." Bull-dinkey! They are just crying "wolf" for some unknown reason. This is a fine, funny movie that relies more on an ensemble cast than just on Reese Witherspoon. The writing is smart and funny, the directing fits the comedic mood of the story, and the acting is just right. Although it is a quite different film from "Legally Blonde" and "Election", I enjoyed it just as much, and will enjoy it upon repeat viewings.

no SPOILERS here...

Critic Ebert has a good summary of the story so I won't repeat any of it here. For those who may see the film and wonder how much the small town life is exaggerated, let me tell you "not much!" I grew up in a very small southern town, and I go back on occasions for high school reunions. What is depicted in this film is pretty darned close to reality, with some license taken for making the story a bit more interesting. Pay special attention to the story with the cat, and its burned tail, and watch closely at the end. :-)

The DVD is fine but the picture is not "reference" quality. The sound is Dolby 5.1 but surround channels are not very dynamic. The "extras" has several deleted scenes, and also includes the original ending that was scrapped after comments from test screenings. They had to re-shoot and I think the eventual ending is very appropriate. The first and last scenes complement each other very well.

"Sweet Home Alabama" - a fine movie for those who enjoy a good comedy, and especially those who like Reese Witherspoon.

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