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Jolene (2008)

R | | Drama | 13 June 2008 (USA)
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A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life."

Director:

Dan Ireland

Writers:

Dennis Yares (screenplay by), E.L. Doctorow (story "Jolene: A Life") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Chastain ... Jolene
Frances Fisher ... Cindy
Rupert Friend ... Coco Leger
Dermot Mulroney ... Uncle Phil
Zeb Newman Zeb Newman ... Mickey
Chazz Palminteri ... Sal Fontaine
Denise Richards ... Marin
Theresa Russell ... Aunt Kay
Michael Vartan ... Brad
Shannon Whirry ... Teacher
Drea Pruseau Drea Pruseau ... Nurse
Mickey Cottrell ... Dr. Bloomberg
Mary Jane Johnson Mary Jane Johnson ... Mrs. Ames
Bri Acsani Bri Acsani ... Suicide Girl
Julie Sledge Julie Sledge ... Girl in Hospital
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Storyline

Jolene is a red-haired wanderer who isn't content to call one place home for any expended stretch of time. Setting off to explore the outside world at age fifteen, the free-spirited teen embarks on a decade-long cross-country of adventure which finds her crossing the paths of everyone from a firebrand Texan who steals her heart and destroys her marriage to his wealthy fundamentalist, Brad to an ex-mobster, Sal Fontaine attempting to make good in Las Vegas. Written by lament

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A life between the exit signs

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence and drug use

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Джолин See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Next Turn Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jolene the titular character is based on the short story "Jolene: A Life" by E. L. Doctorow, itself inspired by Dolly Parton's song, Jolene. See more »

Goofs

When Jolene is working as a server at the outdoor banquet, she carries a tray with two Champagne glasses. One glass is full and one empty. The very next cut, she places the tray on a table, and both glasses are empty. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jolene: [narrating] I married Mickey Holler when I was 15. He was 20 years old, Mickey - real name, Mervin.
Mickey: Now I pronounce you husband and wife.
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Crazy Credits

In on-screen credits, Don Mosley is listed twice as Chief Lighting Technician. See more »

Connections

Featured in La noche de...: La sombra de la sospecha (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Twilight Time
Written by Buck Ram, Al Nevins, Morty Nevins
Performed by The Platters
Published by Devon Music, Inc.
Songs Of Universal Inc.
By arrangement with St. Clair Entertainment Group Inc.
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Queen Jolene
14 June 2008 | by wdebra5See all my reviews

I saw Jolene at its world premier last night during the Seattle International Film Festival.

The story is charming and the two plus hour film moves along without faltering. Newcomer Jessica Chastain is both beautiful and talented and portrays an ever-optimistic Jolene with the skill of a seasoned actor. The supporting cast includes well-known stars Frances Fisher, Chazz Palminteri, Dermot Mulroney, and Theresa Russell, but your eyes never leave Chastain.

The director is Dan Ireland, co-founder of the Seattle International Film Festival, which is the largest of its kind in the U.S. Ireland's earlier movies include The Whole Wide World and Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont. Great work, Dan! I hope everyone comes out to see Jolene.


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