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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 »

Director:

Ulu Grosbard

Writer:

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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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

CiBy 2000,Miramax See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Barbara Turner is Jennifer Jason Leigh's mother. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Georgia: What are you drinking?
Sadie Flood: You know me. Whatever's cheap or free.
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Featured in If We Picked the Winners (1996) See more »

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Looking for a plot, you're missing the point!
12 November 2003 | by RootedlogicSee all my reviews

This film presents a fairly accurate portrayal of the chaotic, symbiotic environment of the bar band music scene. If you are looking for a coherent, one-two-three plot and are expecting realism at the same time, forget it. You would be missing the point. Having "been there" and "done that", I can affirm that this movie does a pretty good job at portraying interesting and realistic snapshot views of people in this particular music genre. In addition, this film even goes so far as to attempt realistic discriminations between different types of musicians (e.g., between ones who want to just succeed, ones who just want to play, ones who can't get their lives together enough to make it, starving artists, etc.).

This film initially may seem innocuous and even simplistic to some casual viewers. I must admit that I didn't get much the first time I casually viewed it. "Georgia" is very layered and textural -- the more you stand back and look, the more you can almost reach out and touch it -- but, as with most true art -- one must stand back and really take a look at it to appreciate the many layers. The layers of this particular artwork is done via multiple, sometimes concurrent, relationships, which intermittently share the foreground and the background with some really great music and various elements of the music scene. There is the relationship between Georgia and Sadie -- of course, the most obvious relationship that maintains precedence, but if you spend too much time on this one, you will miss so much. There is the Sadie-Axel layer; the Sadie-Georgia's husband layer; the Sadie-Herman layer; the Sadie-and the music layer; the Sadie-Sadie layer; the Sadie-drugs layer; the Sadie-father layer; on and on. All these relationships involving Jennifer J.L's character puts a lot of pressure on J.J.L, and I think she brings it about beautifully. I don't find her "overacting" in any scene -- the only "overacting" that is done is done by Sadie, not by J.J.L.

J.J.L. has rarely disappointed me in her character portrayals. I have always found her an interesting sort of actress: she does not have that obvious physical "stand out" star quality about her, but more of a quiet, well-played character actress, genuine star quality about her. I think she, along with the other actors in this movie, did a terrific job with very difficult material (about a very unusual and difficult, but interesting, lifestyle), and this movie calls out to me to watch it every time it plays on my satellite service.

This movie should not be judged along with "standards". It is a rare piece of filmwork, and should be judged entirely on its own standalone merits.


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