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Elizabethtown (2005)

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During a hometown memorial for his Kentucky-born father, a young man begins an unexpected romance with a too-good-to-be-true stewardess.

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After causing a loss of almost one billion dollars in his company, the shoe designer Drew Baylor decides to commit suicide. However, in the exact moment of his act of despair, he receives a phone call from his sister telling him that his beloved father had just died in Elizabethtown, and he should bring him back since his mother had problem with the relatives of his father. He travels in an empty red eye flight and meets the attendant Claire Colburn, who changes his view and perspective of life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Best Place To Find Yourself.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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14 October 2005 (USA)  »

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Elizabettauna  »

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Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,618,711, 16 October 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,838,389, 18 December 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,500,000, 13 November 2005
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Claire's instruction, "Make time to dance alone with one hand waving free", takes a line from Bob Dylan's 'Mr Tambourine Man' ("...Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free..."). See more »

Goofs

When Drew is on his road trip that Claire planned out for him, we see a shot of him driving along a road, a lot of dust rising from the car behind him, due to driving on a gravel road. In the next shot, we see that he is clearly driving on a paved, cement road. See more »

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[first lines]
Dock Worker: [receiving returning good] Welcome back, boys.
Drew Baylor: As somebody once said, there's a difference between a failure and a fiasco. A failure is simply the non-present of success. Any fool can accomplish failure. But a fiasco, a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions. A fiasco is a folktale told to others, that makes other people feel more... alive. Because it didn't happen to them.
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This film opens with the 1954 "VistaVision" Paramount Pictures logo - instead of the new 'live-action' one. This logo was used at the head of all Paramount films released from the mid-1950s through to 1986. See more »

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Referenced in Dreaming Alaska (2012) See more »

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You Can't Hurry Love
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Written by Lisa Milberg, Per Nyström (as Per Nystrom), Ludvig Rylander,
Daniel Värjö (as Daniel Varjo), Victoria Bergsman, Maria Eriksson & Martin Hansson
Performed by The Concretes
Courtesy of Astralwerks
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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The Reviews Are So Off Base
15 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

The movie WAS NOT a series of disjointed vignettes, NOR was it lacking plausibility, as many critics have complained. Perhaps living on one of the coasts makes you too cynical and uptight to enjoy a movie that is based on the relationships and culture of the ordinary person. This movie was like reading a good book. If you've ever had a deep thought about life, or questioned the path your life has taken, or found pleasure in the small moments found in relationships with real people, you will find something in this movie that touches a chord within yourself. I think Cameron Crowe masterfully crafted a summary of those important moments in our lives that are meaningful. It didn't require a long, drawn out explanation. How many times do we think back to a particular moment, and all we remember is the person, the relationship, and the music tied to that moment? A song can take you to a precise moment in your life. He made that connection to all of us, through the life of one fictional character. I found myself enjoying being a fly on the wall, watching the characters, relating to the events, laughing at the poignant humor, and savoring the road trip reflections at the end. This was a movie worth watching, just because it is about the truths of life. The critics missed the boat on this one.


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