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Elizabethtown (2005)

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)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Jane Fonda was originally set to play Hollie Baylor but dropped out when filming was delayed. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where the band is playing "Free Bird" and the hall catches fire, the banner across the stage burns in two and falls to either side. Later in the song there is a long shot of the band onstage and the banner is intact. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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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Edited into Paula Goes to Hollywood (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

My Father's Gun
(1970)
Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Another "don't listen to the critics" lesson.
22 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If I listened to critics, I would never have gone to see this movie. Luckily I mostly ignore critics. I sat through this movie in an audience that cried with me, laughed loudly with me, groaned at a couple parts with me, and clapped when the movie ended. We all walked out smiling. There were a couple of dumb scenes but mostly this "life journey" movie was filled with moments we can all relate to and understand.

Orlando Bloom was perfect in his role. His facial expressions, his willingness to let go, and his timing was right on. I am not sure about the choice of Kirsten Dunst. She was good but I think she was not quite right for the role. I could have done without the Susan Sarandon role altogether but I am not a huge fan. The side story of Chuck and Cindy's wedding weekend was so appropriate to the life aspects of the movie.

Cameron Crowe has created a quirky, funny, sad, happy movie that made a couple of turns I did not expect. The road trip at the end was so familiar and brought back enough memories to leave me wanting more. This is a movie I will see again in the theater and add to my DVD collection.


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