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August: Osage County -- The strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged, are brought together by a family crisis that brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
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August: Osage County -- A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
August: Osage County -- Highlights from the interview with director John Wells, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson, Abigail Breslin, and screenwriter Tracy Letts. Moderated by Rebecca Keegan of the Los Angeles Times.


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Misery loves family.
A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Meryl Streep ... Violet Weston

Julia Roberts ... Barbara Weston

Chris Cooper ... Charlie Aiken

Ewan McGregor ... Bill Fordham

Margo Martindale ... Mattie Fae Aiken

Sam Shepard ... Beverly Weston

Dermot Mulroney ... Steve Huberbrecht

Julianne Nicholson ... Ivy Weston

Juliette Lewis ... Karen Weston

Abigail Breslin ... Jean Fordham

Benedict Cumberbatch ... Little Charles Aiken

Misty Upham ... Johnna Monevata

Will Coffey ... Sheriff Deon Gilbeau

Newell Alexander ... Dr. Burke

Jerry Stahl ... Liquor Store Owner

Dale Dye ... Radio Announcer

Ivan Allen ... Radio Announcer
Arlin Miller ... Baseball Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

J. Alan Davidson ... Young Soldier (uncredited)

Maria Swindell Gus ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)

Directed by
John Wells 
Writing credits
Tracy Letts (screenplay)

Tracy Letts (play)

Produced by
Ron Burkle .... executive producer
George Clooney .... producer
Celia D. Costas .... executive producer (as Celia Costas)
Patrick Daly .... co-producer
Jean Doumanian .... producer
Ben Famiglietti .... co-executive producer
Jerry Frankel .... executive producer
Arny Granat .... co-executive producer
Grant Heslov .... producer
Claire Rudnick Polstein .... executive producer
Jeffrey Richards .... executive producer
Steve Traxler .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Gustavo Santaolalla 
Cinematography by
Adriano Goldman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stephen Mirrione 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
David Gropman 
Art Direction by
Karen Schulz Gropman  (as Karen Gropman)
Set Decoration by
Nancy Haigh 
Toni Marlo (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Cindy Evans 
Makeup Department
Fríða Aradóttir .... department head hair stylist (as Frida Aradottir)
Jean Ann Black .... makeup artist: Ms. Julia Roberts (as Jean Black)
Shelly D'Apolito .... additional hair stylist (as Shelly Price)
Roxane Griffin .... key hair stylist
J. Roy Helland .... hair designer: Ms. Meryl Streep
J. Roy Helland .... makeup designer: Ms. Meryl Streep
Rene Maloney .... additional hair stylist
Ruth Mitchell .... additional makeup artist
Matthew W. Mungle .... prosthetic makeup artist: Ms. Meryl Streep
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist: Ms. Julia Roberts
Björn Rehbein .... key makeup artist (as Bjoern Rehbein)
Carla White .... department head makeup
Clinton Wayne .... prosthetic supply (uncredited)
Production Management
Deb Dyer .... unit production manager
Julie Rapaport .... executive in charge of production: The Weinstein Company
Leslie Rodier .... post-production supervisor
Dylan Sellers .... executive in charge of production: The Weinstein Company
Nadia Paine .... production supervisor: additional photography (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis Burrell .... second assistant director: second unit
Ian Calip .... second assistant director
Andrew Stahl .... second second assistant director
Richard Styles .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sarah Brady .... set dresser
Thomas E. Brown .... charge scenic (as Tom Brown)
Roberto Clark .... carpenter
Stacy Clinger .... standby painter
Kirk Corwin .... property master
Donn Cross .... scenic gang boss
Kevin Davidson .... construction foreperson
Ahren Diers .... property assistant
Sean P. Egan .... art department coordinator (as Sean Egan)
Giacomo G. Ghiazza .... storyboard artist (as Giacomo Ghiazza)
J. Michael Glynn .... assistant property master (as Michael Glynn)
Steve Goettelman .... construction foreperson
Zack Hiatt .... set dresser
Justin Hipp .... art department production assistant
Chris Holik .... set dresser
Brandon Jones .... art department production assistant
Quentin Matthys .... set dressing gang boss
Sergey Mazurov .... standby carpenter
Matt Morton .... scenic
Jon Nicholson .... on set dresser
Sara Philpott .... set decorator buyer
Miguel Quiros .... carpenter
Danni Reschley .... construction assistant
Brian Sanderson .... carpenter
Uldarico Sarmiento .... set designer
Patty Sayers .... greens production assistant
David Sullivan .... scenic
Scott Troha .... lead person
Stephanie Waldron .... key greens
Colin Warde .... property assistant
Hap Weaver .... assistant greens
Cale Witter .... carpenter
Stacey Witter .... construction coordinator
Darrel Wyrick .... carpenter
Jazz Bishop .... greens assistant (uncredited)
William 'Ted' Brady .... swing gang (uncredited)
Gregory Hill .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bryan Arenas .... sound consultant: Dolby
Bobbi Banks .... adr supervisor
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Lon Bender .... sound designer
Lon Bender .... sound supervisor
William R. Dean .... sound editor (as Bill Dean)
Julie Feiner .... dialogue editor
Kris Fenske .... sound editor
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Flinchbaugh .... assistant sound editor
Mark Goodermote .... boom operator
Mark C. Grech .... additional boom operator
Glynna Grimala .... sound editor
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Chris Hogan .... dialogue editor
Joel Holland .... key video assist
Drew Kunin .... sound mixer
Tony Lamberti .... sound re-recording mixer
Nancy MacLeod .... sound editor (as Nancy MacCleod)
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Dave McMoyler .... sound editor
Christian P. Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer (as Chris Minkler)
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist (as Chris Moriana)
Mike Prestwood Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Primmer .... boom operator (as Mike Primmer)
Peter Stevenson .... video utility
Ceri Thomas .... stage technician
James Hyde .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Kyle D. Krajewski .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Daniel J. Leahy .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Danial Shimiaei .... sound re-recording stage engineer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Brian Jochum .... visual effects producer: Moving Target
Alan Munro .... visual effects supervisor: Moving Target
Jon Terada .... key visual effects artist: Moving Target
Phil Carbonaro .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Daren Dochterman .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Peter Kuran .... visual effects (uncredited)
Kevin Kutchaver .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Jo Martin .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration (uncredited)
Pam Vick .... visual effects (uncredited)
Ted Barba .... stunt performer
Jon Bielich .... stunt coordinator
Laurie Cummings .... stunt performer
Alex Daniels .... stunt driver
Tabby Hanson .... stunt performer (as Tabby Hanson-Graham)
Caryn Mower .... stunt performer
Peewee Piemonte .... stunt coordinator
Kent Shelton .... stunt performer
Greg Tash .... stunt driver
Jeff Burleson .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Liza Bambenek .... "a" camera second assistant: second unit
L. Brian Blagowsky .... gaffer: second unit (as Brian Blagowsky)
Brad Boaz .... generator operator: second unit
Brad Boaz .... grip
Brian Boyll .... electrician
Keith Brown .... grip
Patrick Capone .... director of photography: second unit
Mark Castelaz .... gaffer
M. Shane Cates .... grip (as Matt Cates)
Andrew Cavagnet .... video assist: second unit
Timothy Clarke .... additional "a" camera second assistant: second unit
William Clouter .... grip
Kenneth Coblentz .... grip
Kenneth Coblentz .... key grip: second unit (as Ken Coblentz)
James Coffin .... best boy grip
Joseph A. Cook .... rigging electrician (as Joe Cook)
Jeremy D'Apolito .... grip
Tana Dubbe .... key grip
Loren Elkins .... "a" camera first assistant: underwater unit
Claire Folger .... still photographer
Scott Forrester .... electrician
Peter Geraghty .... "a" camera first assistant: second unit
Thomas Green .... video assist: second unit
Tonja Greenfield .... "a" camera second assistant
Joseph Guerino .... rigging gaffer (as Joe Guerino)
Andy Harris .... additional "a" camera first assistant
Jimmy Hollingshead .... rigging electrician
Lacey Joy .... film loader
Matthew LeCrone .... electrician (as Matt LeCrone)
John Mang .... "a" dolly grip operator
Nancy Piraquive .... additional "a" camera second assistant
Greg Price .... gaffer: second unit
Rell Putt .... best boy grip: second unit (as Relle Putt)
Rell Putt .... grip (as Relle Putt)
Jessica Ramos .... "a" camera second assistant: underwater unit
Chris Ritter .... best boy rigging electric
Jon Roman .... grip (as Jonathan Roman)
Pete Romano .... director of photography: underwater unit
Jeremy Smart .... electrician
Tiffani L. Stephenson .... additional "a" camera second assistant (as Tiffani Stephenson)
Iain Struthers .... "a" camera first assistant
Peter Tomshany .... generator operator: second unit
Jim van Dijk .... "a" camera operator (as Jim Van Dijk)
Sebastian Vega .... additional "a" camera first assistant
Thomas D. Watson .... grip
Fritz Weber .... grip (as Fritz K. Weber)
Kevin Wisor .... best boy electric
Mark Wojciechowski .... grip
John Sheeren .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Aaron G. York .... libra head operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sarah Clark .... extras casting associate
Rich Delia .... associate casting supervisor: LA
Allison Estrin .... associate casting supervisor: NY
Michael Fredlund .... casting assistant: NY
Chris Freihofer .... extras casting
Adam Richards .... casting assistant: LA
Kelly Tenner .... extras casting assistant
Patty Majorczak-Connolly .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Mark Sussman .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nina Johnston .... costumer: Ms. Meryl Streep
Patricia McLaughlin .... costume supervisor
Lisa Parmet .... key costumer
Aura Sperling Pierce .... costumer (as Aura Sperling-Pierce)
Linda Loo Trippe .... costumer (as Linda Trippe)
Franny Vega .... costumer: Ms. Julia Roberts
Raven Zimmer .... costumer
Nicola Clegg .... costume buyer (uncredited)
Jody Felz .... costume buyer (uncredited)
Marta Villalobos .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Alison Beckett .... executive in charge of post production: The Weinstein Company
Stuart Burkin .... executive in charge of post production: The Weinstein Company
George Chavez .... color timer
Eric Chilpa .... color assist: Technicolor
Daniel Gonzalez .... post-production assistant
Michael Hatzer .... supervising digital colorist: Technicolor
Clark Henderson .... title manager: Technicolor
Chris Jensen .... second colorist: Technicolor
Julian McDougald .... digital intermediate producer: Technicolor
Jamal McLemore .... apprentice editor
Lauren Nicolette .... post-production coordinator: The Weinstein Company
Brian Ufberg .... first assistant editor
Roy Vasich .... dailies colorist: Technicolor
Everette Webber .... digital intermediate editor: Technicolor (as Everette Jbob Webber)
Denise Woodgerd .... dailies producer: Technicolor
Darin Wooldridge .... home video consultant: Technicolor (as Darin Woolridge)
Corey S. Johnsen .... post-production manager: The Weinstein Company (uncredited)
Music Department
Ann Barnard .... score librarian
Clint Bennett .... music editor
David Campbell .... music arranger (as David Richard Campbell)
Celeste Chada .... music clearance and licensing
Jo Changer .... assistant orchestra contractor
Richard Glasser .... executive in charge of music: The Weinstein Company
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Anibal Kerpel .... music recording mixer
Everton Nelson .... orchestra leader
Dana Sano .... music supervisor
Del Spiva .... music editor
Libby Umstead .... music coordinator
Nick Wollage .... score recording engineer
Todd Kasow .... music editor (uncredited)
Adam Langston .... additional arranging: orchestration and programming (uncredited)
Michael Stern .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Jill Streater .... UK music librarian (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Desiree Bab .... driver
Kelly Blake .... driver
James Crowe .... driver
Saloma Davenport .... driver
Randall Davidson .... driver
Fred Davis .... driver
Darran Douglas .... transportation captain
Gaylord Farrell .... driver
Eric Gibson .... driver
Clarence Harvey .... driver
Jeff Hays .... driver
Mike Hays .... driver
Lew Homme .... driver
Vince Junkins .... transportation captain
Teresa Ketchum .... driver
Geary N. Lambert .... driver
Tyoga Luther .... driver
Larry Moore .... driver
Frank Morreale .... picture car coordinator
Charles 'Mike' Morrison .... driver
Clarence Morton .... driver
Lauren Newhouse .... dispatcher
John Parker .... driver
James Rankin .... driver
Byron Roland .... driver
Patrick Roland .... driver
Arnold Rownan .... driver
Marc Scott .... transportation coordinator
Richie Sutton .... driver
Greg Viglione .... driver
Chris Walden .... driver
John Waltrip .... driver
Other crew
Andy Axewell .... stand-in
Mary Bailey .... script supervisor
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Evan Beier .... production coordinator
Sam Boeck .... stand-in
Josh Buehler .... stand-in
Ken Byers .... account executive: Technicolor
Ryan Byrd .... set security co-coordinator
Torey Byrne .... craft service production assistant
Laron M. Chapman .... production assistant
Raphael Christopher .... security: Ms. Julia Roberts
Sarah Clark .... stand-in
Gay Cobham .... security: Ms. Julia Roberts (as Gay E. Cobham)
Courtney Cunniff .... assistant: Ms. Jean Doumanian (as Courtney L. Cunniff)
Allison Daly .... payroll accountant
Lagueria Davis .... production secretary
Joshua P. Dease .... first assistant accountant (as Joshua Dease)
Jean Doumanian .... original stage producer
Rachael Edlow .... stand-in
Carey Field .... production assistant
Michael Fordes .... location assistant
Tina Fortune .... stand-in
Jerry Frankel .... original stage producer
Laurie Frost .... stand-in
Margaret Glynn .... stand-in
Joe Guest .... location manager (as Joe C. Guest)
Ben Hammer .... cook: For Stars Catering
Lori Hammond .... craft service
Jessica Held .... assistant: Ms. Celia Costas
Jemme Hennessey .... location scout
RoJeanne Herbel .... assistant post production accountant (as Rojeanne Herbel)
Jayson Hill .... cook: For Stars Catering
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach: Mr. Ewan McGregor (as Liz Himelstein)
Henry Hobson .... cast title montage designer
Leah Holmes .... post production accountant
Steve Hrabko .... cook: For Stars Catering
David B. King .... legal counsel: Oklahoma
Lois King .... script supervisor: second unit
Shannon Kline .... production assistant
Chris Kucharski .... assistant location manager
Cheryl Kurk .... production accountant
Lisa Kurk-Dmytryk .... second assistant accountant (as Lisa Kurk)
Wendi Laski .... unit publicist
Greg Lea .... account representative: Deluxe
Adrian Lopez .... executive in charge of business and legal affairs: The Weinstein Company
Kristin Martini .... assistant: Mr. John Wells
Nathan Matt .... additional second assistant accountant
Angel McConnell .... assistant: Mr. George Clooney
Don McCorkle .... set medic
Christian McHenry .... assistant production coordinator (as Chris McHenry)
Lori Moore .... stand-in
Alison Naifeh .... assistant location manager
Robert Noonan .... assistant location manager
Cecilie O'Reilly .... dialect coach
Misty Oka .... assistant: Mr. Grant Heslov
Eric Papa .... assistant location manager
Robert Perry .... location production assistant
Tom Prince .... executive in charge of physical production: The Weinstein Company
Jeffrey Richards .... original stage producer
Madisyn Ritland .... production assistant
Meseidy Rivera .... assistant craft services
Jordan Roby .... stand-in
Oscar Rodriguez .... cook: For Stars Catering
Shannon Romines .... production assistant
Elizabeth H. Ross .... accounting clerk (as Liz Ross)
Greg Saitas .... assistant craft services
Matthew Schulke .... production assistant
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Reilly Smith .... production assistant
Adam M. Stone .... product placement coordinator: Stone Management (as Adam Stone)
Cat Stone .... product placement coordinator: Stone Management
Lauren B. Taylor .... production assistant
Jayne-Ann Tenggren .... script supervisor: second unit
Lloyd Thomas .... caterer: For Stars Catering
Steve Traxler .... original stage producer
Kate Trippe .... production assistant
Lanayah Turley .... catering assistant: For Stars Catering
Eddie Virden .... additional security and police coordinator
Audrey Wagner .... stand-in
Paul West .... location production assistant
Greg Williams .... stand-in
Bill Wilson .... set security coordinator
Kori E. Wilson .... assistant: Ms. Meryl Streep (as Kori Wilson-Griffin)
Jeff Wohlgemuth .... location production assistant
Paul Alary .... set production assistant: reshoots (uncredited)
Gregory Alpert .... location manager: additional photography - Los Angeles (uncredited)
Shane Brown .... location scout (uncredited)
Alex Capaldi .... additional assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Nicole Fancher .... driving-double: Julianne Nicholson/driving-double: Julia Roberts (uncredited)
John Findley .... pre production location scout (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative (uncredited)
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (uncredited)
Ronald J. Levin .... production counsel (uncredited)
Taylor Lee Mullins .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kris Smith .... script supervisor: reshoots (uncredited)
Kori Sparks .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Caleb Wall .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Steve White .... location scout (uncredited)
Lisa Beeman .... the producers wish to thank: City of Bartlesville Community Development
William E. Coombs .... artwork by
Maria Swindell Gus .... the producers wish to thank: The Bartlesville Convetion & Visitor's Bureau (as Maria Gus)
David Hawkanson .... the producers wish to thank
Mike Larsen .... mural artwork designed and painted by
Martha Lavey .... the producers wish to thank
JD MacPherson .... the producers wish to thank (as JD McPherson)
Mike McCartney .... the producers wish to thank: The Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce
Anna D. Shapiro .... the producers wish to thank
Jill Simpson .... the producers wish to thank: Oklahoma Film & Music Office
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Rated R for language including sexual references, and for drug material
121 min
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This is the third time Tracy Letts writes the film adaptation of one of his plays.See more »
Errors in geography: The sheriff's car bears an Oklahoma County license plate. Oklahoma county is about 2 1/2 hours away from Osage County.See more »
[first lines]
Beverly Weston:Life is very long. T.S. Elliot. Not the first person to say it, certainly not the first person to think it, but he's given credit for it because he bothered to write it down.
Beverly Weston:Now if you say it, you have to say his name after it. "Life is very long." T.S. Elliot. Absolutely goddamn right.
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20 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
This movie will help you appreciate your family, 14 January 2014
Author: Jason M. Rothman ( from Philadelphia, PA

Most of us probably spent time with members of our extended family over the holidays. For some, that time likely included some awkward moments. But it's a safe bet no one's family gatherings were as awful as the one depicted in the new film August: Osage County.

The movie is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Tracy Letts (who plays Sen. Lockhart on Showtime's Homeland), and it tells the story of the Weston clan, who come together after their alcoholic patriarch (played by Sam Shepard) commits suicide. The matriarch, Violet (Meryl Streep) is an intensely mean-spirited, cancer plagued drug addict. Violet's three adult daughters all have issues of their own. This is one dysfunctional bunch.

The original stage production is regarded as a dark comedy. But if the movie version is supposed to be funny, it seems no one bothered to tell the actors. They all seem to be playing the scenes with a deadly a serious tone, and rightfully so. The movie depicts some serious issues: cancer, drug addiction, suicide, divorce, incest and corruption of a minor. There's no dark comedy here, just plain darkness. (I haven't seen the play, but its author, Mr. Letts, also wrote the screenplay. So, I'm guessing it's rather faithful.) Streep is (it almost goes without saying) phenomenal. Her performance is powerful and devastating. Julia Roberts, who plays eldest daughter Barbara, is also commanding, though her character is anything but charming. If you've always longed to see America's Sweetheart act somber and bitter for two hours, this is the movie for you. Her trademark smile is nowhere in sight. Julianne Nicholson (Boardwalk Empire) displays a poignant determination as another sister, Ivy, who strives for happiness despite some pretty insurmountable obstacles. Their performances are so good, it's almost hard to believe the movie is so unsatisfying. Never have I seen such good acting in the service of a story so unappealing.

While most of the cast is stellar, there are two notable exceptions: UK stars Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch both struggle with their American accents. While I truly admire the previous work of both men, I had to wonder, with all the out of work thespians in this country, couldn't the producers find two American actors who were talented enough to play the roles? (Are we running dangerously low on Baldwin brothers?) Cumberbatch, in particular, surely isn't hurting for employment. It seemed like he was in every other movie released in 2013.

I haven't talked much about the plot. That's because there isn't much of one. There's no goal or objective for the characters to achieve, no central question (i.e. will there be a happy ending?) that keeps us interested until it's answered in the movie's climax. Yes, Barbara takes steps to confront Violet's drug addiction. And yes, some characters have secrets that are revealed along the way. But none of these moments coalesce into anything resembling a story with a beginning, middle and an end. Essentially, this movie is just a bunch of cruel, unhappy people shouting at each other for two hours. They're trapped together in a house and the audience is trapped along with them.

There are interesting themes beneath the surface: overcoming the troubled circumstances of your upbringing and how a child's love for their parent can endure despite constant abuse. But the themes are never developed into a message or a conclusion. All of this must've worked on the stage. After all, they don't just hand out Pulitzers. But it doesn't work as a movie.

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