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Georgia (1995)

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Sadie is desperately looking up to her older sister Georgia who is a famous C&W artist. Sadie wants to be a famous artist like her sister, but is always doing everything wrong. Her ... See full summary »

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Ulu Grosbard

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Barbara Turner
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Sadie Flood
Mare Winningham ... Georgia Flood
Ted Levine ... Jake
Max Perlich ... Axel Goldman
John Doe ... Bobby
John C. Reilly ... Herman
Jimmy Witherspoon Jimmy Witherspoon ... Trucker
Jason Carter ... Chasman
Tom Bower ... Erwin Flood
Smokey Hormel Smokey Hormel ... Leland
Jimmy Z. Jimmy Z. ... Clay
Tony Marsico Tony Marsico ... Paul
Jamian Briar Jamian Briar ... Andrew Flood
Rachel Rasco Rachel Rasco ... Mish Flood
Nicole Donahoo Nicole Donahoo ... Young Sadie Flood
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Storyline

Sadie is desperately looking up to her older sister Georgia who is a famous C&W artist. Sadie wants to be a famous artist like her sister, but is always doing everything wrong. Her desperate need to be accepted by her sister is constantly complicated by her drug and alcohol problems. Georgia lives a very ordered life with husband, house and children, and Sadie does everything to get her attention. Written by <Magnus.Salomonsson.3041@student.uu.se>

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The toughest act to follow is an older sister. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for substance abuse, language and a sex scene | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

8 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Джорджия See more »

Filming Locations:

Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,461, 10 December 1995, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,110,104
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CiBy 2000,Miramax See more »
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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After The Silence of the Lambs (1991) became a resounding success in 1991, Ted Levine, who played a serial killer in the film, became typecast as a villain by casting directors. It was Jennifer Jason Leigh who convinced the director of this film that he could portray a stay-at-home dad supporting his wife. Levine says he is now forever grateful for Leigh's belief in his versatility. See more »

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(at around 6 mins) Bobby's right hand is on, then off, his water glass. See more »

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Georgia: I don't want to know what you do locked away in that bathroom for half an hour.
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Georgia on my mind
14 August 2005 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

'Georgia' is a strong, sometimes harrowing drama about the relationship between two singing siblings: the eponymous elder sister, an established country-folk star, and the less talented Sadie, who is actually the central character of this film. Jennifer Jason Leigh is in her element as the self-destructive, self-loathing Sadie, and delivers perhaps her finest performance; but Mare Willingham is also good in the subtler role of Georgia, a woman whose capacity to feel compassion has been tested to the limit, and which only survives when focused through a prism of superiority. Georgia is instinctively careful with words but Sadie compulsively goads her into betraying these instincts; the telling dialogues between them are constructed with a deadly precision, the high points of a generally excellent screenplay. What's also surprising is that the music is also good. In any film about art, a central problem for the director is creating a belief in the merits of the fictional work; in 'La Bellie Noiseuse', for example, Jean-Jacques Rivette created an explicit plot justification for not having to show the painting that is the film's centrepiece to his viewers, rather than letting us judge it. By contrast, in this film, Georgia sounds genuinely good, while Sadie veers between downright awful and almost interesting; this allows the film to actually use the music as a means of conveying the narrative of the story. This slows the pace of the film, and if you don't like the types of music played, might be excruciating; but it's interesting to see the (fictional) truth conveyed through the medium of performance.

One of the film's strengths is that it grants us no indulgent fantasies; because of this, the narrative arc is limited (especially as the film is quite long). In some senses, the film resembles other great films about the self-destructive, like 'Five Easy Pieces' or 'Naked'. It's not quite in that class, but it's double-headed structure makes it more reflective, less visceral, but by no means uninteresting. Overall, it's an unjustly neglected work.


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