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Elizabethtown (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  14 October 2005 (USA)
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During an outrageous memorial for a Southern patriarch, an unexpected romance blooms between a young woman and man.



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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.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

14 October 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rencontres à Elizabethtown  »

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$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,618,711 (USA) (14 October 2005)


$26,838,389 (USA) (16 December 2005)

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A scene was shot in the John Wayne Airport in Orange County. It was the first time since the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001 that a film has shot there. The crew was given only one night to shoot. See more »


When Drew is arriving at the funeral home in Elizabethtown, he grabs his jacket and then closes the door of the vehicle. It then pans to his cousin Jesse for a few seconds. When it returns to Drew, he now is holding the blue suit. See more »


[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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Written by B.B. Cunningham (as BB Cunningham), Gary McEwen, Jerry Masters & John Hunter
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Courtesy of Universal Records
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(p) 1967 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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A success about failure.
15 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Elizabethtown is a mastery of subtlety; instead of being a movie to escape reality in, it is a movie that enables you to examine yourself. At first glance, the characters and plot may be dismissed as "two-dimensional" and "uneventful," however, that is not the case. Like people in general, Kirsten Dunst's and Orlando Bloom's characters are struggling inside the awkwardness of life. They are both struggling to differentiate their public personas from their deeply private individual emotions. In discovering each other, they find an outlet for accomplishing just that. The movie gives one more than the chance to examine and understand the characters - it holds up a mirror so that we can all see in plain light own facades and struggles. What each person gets out of the movie is unique, but the overriding message of the movie is to let go of baggage and live life without fear. It is an optimistic movie, and provides cathartic healing almost as much for the audience as it does for the characters.

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