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American Pastoral (2016)

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An All-American college star and his beauty queen wife watch their seemingly perfect life fall apart, as their daughter joins the turmoil of '60s America.

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Merry Levov (8 Years Old) (as Ocean Nalu James)
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Bill Orcutt
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Seymour Levov, going by the nickname of 'Swede' in the Jewish community he was born into, was even more of an all-American than Douglas Fairbanks himself. He had just everything an American idol can dream of: not only was the tall muscular young man his high school star athlete but he married a beauty queen named Dawn into the bargain. And as if all this were not enough, Swede later became the successful manager of the glove factory his father had founded, which allowed him to live with his wife in a beautiful house in the New Jersey countryside. Well-mannered, always bright, smiling and positive, conservative but with a liberal edge, what bad could ever happen to him ? And yet... And yet this was reckoning without fate and its obnoxious irony, Swede and Dawn's nemesis manifesting itself in the person of Merry, their beloved daughter who in her teens unexpectedly turned into a violent activist... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Rated R for some strong sexual material, language and brief violent images | See all certifications »

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21 October 2016 (USA)  »

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El fin del sueño americano  »

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Opening Weekend:

$149,038 (USA) (21 October 2016)

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$541,457 (USA) (25 November 2016)
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Ewan MacGregor insisted on rehearsals and clearing the set for the actors to become familiar with each other and their characters so they could comfortably work together before shooting any scenes. See more »

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At a backyard barbecue, Lou Levov is reading a copy of the New York Post which is in broadsheet format. The New York Post in the early 1970s was a tabloid. See more »

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Nathan Zuckerman: [narrating as WWII era dance music plays] Let's remember the energy. America had won the war. The depression was over. Sacrifice was over. The upsurge of life was contagious. We celebrated a moment of collective inebriation that we would never know again. Nothing like it in all the years that followed from our childhood until tonight, the 45th reunion of our high school class.
Nathan Zuckerman: [now walking down a school hallway] At 30 or 40, a gathering of my old classmates would have been exactly ...
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Moon River
Written by Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer
Performed by Priscilla Ahn with Raney Shockne
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leaves a bit to be desired
20 October 2016 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Ethnic casting is a slippery slope, with the danger of confirming cruel stereotypes. The biggest problem with American Pastoral is that screenwriter and McGregor don't grasp Roth's universe, with the casting missteps foreshadowing flat performances. Obviously correct ethnic casting guarantees nothing special. Translating Philp Roth's novel to the screen is always daunting but with American Pastoral, it's probably not doable at all, mainly because the novel's complex narrative emerges from multiple perspectives, each shaped by the distorting lens of imagination. The ambiance only is original but overall the movie doesn't work.


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