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White Oleander (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama | 11 October 2002 (USA)
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A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Miss Martinez
... Paramedic
... Girl in Fight
Darlene Bohorquez ... Prisoner
Solomon Burke Jr. ... Guard
Scott Allan Campbell ... Bill Greenway
... Teacher
... Marlena
... Barry Kolker
... Davey Thomas
... Rena Gruschenka
... Paul Trout
Vernon Haas ... Guard
Sean Happy ... Dirt Bike Boyfriend
... Ray
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Storyline

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. Written by wyrd_sista_187 <wyrd_sista_187@yahoo.com.au>

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Where does a mother end and a daughter begin?

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements concerning dysfunctional relationships, drug content, language, sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Warner Bros.

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11 October 2002 (USA)  »

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Laurier blanc  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,607,480, 13 October 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,346,122, 8 December 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,229,200, 31 December 2002
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1.85 : 1
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The film in which Claire shows Astrid is 'The Return of the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' which Renee Zellweger actually starred in. See more »

Goofs

When Uncle Ray and Astrid are outside watching the meteor shower he lights a cigarette but when he takes a puff and pulls it away to blow out the smoke there is no smoke and the cigarette is not lit. When Starr comes out and asks what he is doing the cigarette is lit and smoldering. See more »

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Starr: Astrid, those are ugly shoes.
Astrid: Snakes don't bite above ankle.
Starr: Well, take my word for it, you better being bitten by snakes then dressin' for them.
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Featured in HBO First Look: The Journey of 'White Oleander' (2002) See more »

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What's Inside Me
Written by Raile
Performed by Liars Inc.
Courtesy of Foodchain Records and Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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White Oleander - I got it - brilliant
10 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

With no expectations of anything beyond the average I was aware as I viewed this film that it was a quality beyond most mainstream films currently available. We all left fairly stunned and stumbling into the daylight at the conclusion. Slowly devastatingly and utterly integral, at no point was the audience's intelligence insulted, the depth of characters, plot and script evenly executed with no room for anything but knowing we the audience were in for something special. Don't expect any black and white conclusions or answers, just the complexities of dynamics between kin and otherwise. . . brilliantly cast. I hope Michelle Pfieffer earns her first oscar here . . . comparable to American Beauty, I don't know why - but as poignant, beautiful, truthful and important. Beautiful soundtrack and to look at, pace perfect.


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