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Anywhere But Here (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 12 November 1999 (USA)
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A mother and daughter search for success in Beverly Hills.

Director:

Wayne Wang

Writers:

Mona Simpson (book), Alvin Sargent (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Adele August
Natalie Portman ... Ann August
Hart Bochner ... Josh Spritzer
Eileen Ryan ... Lillian
Ray Baker ... Ted
John Diehl ... Jimmy
Shawn Hatosy ... Benny
Bonnie Bedelia ... Carol
Faran Tahir ... Hisham Badir
Shishir Kurup ... Hisham Badir (voice)
Samantha Goldstein Samantha Goldstein ... 4 Year Old Ann
Scott Burkholder ... Man with Mercedes
Yvonna Kopacz Wright ... Assistant Hotel Manager (as Yvonna Kopacz)
Eva Amurri Martino ... Girl on T.V. (as Eva Amurri)
Kieren van den Blink ... Girl on T.V.
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Storyline

Fed up with her small-town Bay City existence, Adele August leaves her family and second husband and heads for Beverley Hills with her daughter. The teenager resents the move and her mother's always flamboyant behaviour and in turns plans to get away to university on the east coast. Mum's plans are different - she wants a movie star for a daughter. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A story of a mother who knows best... and a daughter who knows better.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related material | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The script had to be rewritten when Natalie Portman refused to do a nude scene. Co-star Susan Sarandon supported her decision, hence the rewrites. See more »

Goofs

This film was released in 1999. Adele and Ann are at the beach drinking from Dunkin' Donuts cups. Dunkin' Donuts didn't come to California until 2015. See more »

Quotes

Ann: I hate the Beach Boys!... They're too happy and sunny!
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Connections

Referenced in That Moment: Magnolia Diary (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Strange Wind
Written by Poe and Danny Elfman
Performed by Poe
Produced by Poe and Olle' Romo
Poe appears courtesy of Fishkin Entertainment/Atlantic Recording Corporation
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Good movie takes you on journey of discovery for a mother and daughter...
20 November 1999 | by The WoofSee all my reviews

This film was a new direction for Natalie Portman. A much more adult role, though she comes to it from the traces of a child in the movie itself. Ann,(Portman) and Susan Sarandon, who plays her newly divorced mother, Adele, travel from a small town in the middle of nowhere to Beverly Hills. There these tortured souls try to come to terms with their new life and their new relationship as Portman's character grows up. Unknowingly at first to Adele, she grows up and becomes a better mother for it.

Ann sees her mother telling her she wants to be an actress, or so she thinks. Adele uses that crutch every time there are problems in their lives. We see their struggle as mother and daughter come to terms between themselves and with being alone, having left their old lives behind.

The acting is top notch from both of them. They seemingly become mother and daughter before your eyes. You can almost feel there is a bond there beyond the actual movie.

Though this movie really doesn't take us to any new ground in these types of films, the fact that the acting is well done, and the story isn't too flawed, let's me recommend it.

I will say however, it will probably go away soon, I don't believe it can have the staying power needed for a huge Christmas season of movies starting in a week or so. See it now before this happens if you like either of these actresses.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anywhere But Here See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,607,137, 14 November 1999

Gross USA:

$18,670,401

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,631,929
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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