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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?

Director:

Anjelica Huston

Writers:

Dorothy Allison (book), Anne Meredith (teleplay)

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Genres:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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 »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Anjelica Huston. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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I Walk The Line
Written by Johnny Cash (as John R. Cash)
Performed by Johnny Cash
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Perhaps the Strongest Argument Against Child Abuse Ever Filmed
25 May 1999 | by jeralSee all my reviews

This film gnawed at me. And gnawed, and gnawed. It's a difficult film to really "like", considering the subject matter, but the acting and directing were so outstanding that the film must be seen. The casting was so dead on; Ron Eldard, an actor I knew only from his role on "ER", was chillingly effective as the handsome-yet-monstrous "Daddy Glen", young Jena Malone came across as an old pro as little Bone, and I was overjoyed to see Michael Rooker, a talented and often overlooked actor, take a rare turn as good guy Earle. Also good to see Diana Scarwid get a rare role into which she could really sink her teeth. I must confess, the scene in which Earle, Wade, and Travis beat the stuffing out of Glen at the funeral had me cheering and swinging my own fists. If anyone out there - particularly women whose husbands or boyfriends have "tempers" - can watch this film and still not see the light, nothing will ever make them see. A triumph for Anjelica Huston, as well as for her cast. Is "Bastard Out of Carolina" a disturbing film? Absolutely. Is it at times graphic, even horrifying? No question. But it is also a fine piece of filmmaking, and something any true film lover should see.


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