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Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

R | | Drama | 15 December 1996 (USA)
A mother and daughter find their lives adversely affected when a new man enters the picture. Will their family ever be what they expect?

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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 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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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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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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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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My Lord Keeps a Record
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Incredibly disturbing
14 September 2012 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Story takes place in (I'm guessing) the 1930s in the deep south. Anney (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is an unwed mother with two girls the oldest being Ruthann (Jena Malone). She meets handsome lively Glen (Ron Eldard) and marries him. But Glen has a bad temper and beats Ruthann regularly. Her mother doesn't know it and Glen keeps getting angrier and angrier.

VERY disturbing but well-done movie. The actors all fake authentic Southern accents and it captures the era perfectly. The acting is just incredible. Leigh was just letter perfect as the mother. She does love her girls and her husband and is horrified when she realizes what's going on. Eldard was a little one-note in his performance but that was mostly cause the script didn't really explore his character. He was downright terrifying when he loses control a few times. Malone was only 10 when she did this and she was incredible! VERY talented for such a young child and holds her own especially in downright horrific sequence at the end. Even the supporting roles were well-acted with Michael Rooker and Glenne Headly being standouts. Also it's all narrated by Laura Dern. As for the beatings--they're never really shown until the very end. You HEAR them though and that's bad enough. The acting is so good by Malone and Eldard you believe every second of them.

One complaint--the movie feels unfinished. It looks like either a lot was cut out of the script or out of the movie. Some scenes come and go quickly and have characters you've never met. Still this is well worth watching...but it is disturbing (as it should be) and powerful.


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