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Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

A mother and daughter find their lives adversely affected when a new man enters the picture. Will their family ever be what they expect?

Director:

Anjelica Huston

Writers:

Dorothy Allison (book), Anne Meredith (teleplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Anney Boatwright
Ron Eldard ... Glen Waddell
Glenne Headly ... Aunt Ruth
Lyle Lovett ... Wade
Jena Malone ... Ruth Anne 'Bone' Boatwright
Dermot Mulroney ... Lyle Parsons
Christina Ricci ... Dee Dee
Michael Rooker ... Uncle Earle
Diana Scarwid ... Aunt Raylene
Susan Traylor ... Alma
Grace Zabriskie ... Granny
Richard Todd Sullivan Richard Todd Sullivan ... Travis
Pat Hingle ... Mr. Waddell
Lindley Mayer ... Reese
Jamison Stewart Jamison Stewart ... Grey
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Storyline

Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as her last chance. Written by Lew Jacobs <titus@idirect.com>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong depiction of sexual and violent abuse, including a rape scene involving a young girl | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abuso a la inocencia See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Originally produced for Turner Network Television, the network ultimately rejected it due to scenes of sexual abuse. It was subsequently picked up by the Showtime channel. See more »

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(00:12:57) Dermot Mulroney's character (Lyle Parsons) is driving along a road past a modern looking house with a very modern looking red truck parked in the driveway. See more »

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Narrator: "People pay for what they do, and still more for what they allow themselves to become. And they pay for it simply; by the lives they lead." James Baldwin.
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Let Your Light Shine On Me
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Written by Blind Willie Johnson (uncredited)
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A classic
8 April 2000 | by gkearnsSee all my reviews

Sure, it's imperfect, but then so are most classics. "It's a Wonderful Life" is loaded with stereotypes, banalities, and over-acting. "Casablanca" features trite dialog, and the characters of Paul Henreid and Ingrid Bergman seem pretty wishy-washy for supposed heroes. "Bastard" is a biographical tale. Biographies often are episodic and lack continuity just as real life is episodic and lacks continuity. Biographical dialog is sometimes unimaginative because it reflects real life speech; none of us has a professional writer feeding us our lines. However, what "Bastard" does have are unforgettable scenes and images of profound emotional impact, a gritty set of down-home characters presented with gutsy reality by a superlative cast, and Jena Malone. Actually, Miss Malone has relatively few lines in this movie, but her expressive face, and especially her fantastic eyes speak clearly and powerfully from the depths of her heart in every scene. And the lines she does speak stab into our hearts with deadly accuracy. A memorable performance in a memorable movie.


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