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Elizabethtown (2005)

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During a hometown memorial for his Kentucky-born father, a young man begins an unexpected romance with a too-good-to-be-true stewardess.

Director:

Cameron Crowe

Writer:

Cameron Crowe
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Orlando Bloom ... Drew Baylor
Kirsten Dunst ... Claire Colburn
Susan Sarandon ... Hollie Baylor
Alec Baldwin ... Phil Devoss
Bruce McGill ... Bill Banyon
Judy Greer ... Heather Baylor
Jessica Biel ... Ellen Kishmore
Paul Schneider ... Jessie Baylor
Loudon Wainwright III ... Uncle Dale (as Loudon Wainwright)
Gailard Sartain ... Charles Dean
Jed Rees ... Chuck Hasboro
Paula Deen ... Aunt Dora
Dan Biggers Dan Biggers ... Uncle Roy
Alice Marie Crowe Alice Marie Crowe ... Aunt Lena
Tim Devitt ... Mitch Baylor
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Storyline

After causing a loss of almost one billion dollars in his company, the shoe designer Drew Baylor decides to commit suicide. However, in the exact moment of his act of despair, he receives a phone call from his sister telling him that his beloved father had just died in Elizabethtown, and he should bring him back since his mother had problem with the relatives of his father. He travels in an empty red eye flight and meets the attendant Claire Colburn, who changes his view and perspective of life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Best Place To Find Yourself.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rencontres à Elizabethtown See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,618,711, 16 October 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,838,389, 18 December 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,500,000, 13 November 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Masterson was considered for the role of Drew. See more »

Goofs

When Claire is leaving Drew's hotel room in the morning she has a flower in her right hand. In the next shot she takes the imaginary photo with empty hands. After this she walks away and rests the flower on the dressing table. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dock Worker: [receiving returning good] Welcome back, boys.
Drew Baylor: As somebody once said, there's a difference between a failure and a fiasco. A failure is simply the non-present of success. Any fool can accomplish failure. But a fiasco, a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions. A fiasco is a folktale told to others, that makes other people feel more... alive. Because it didn't happen to them.
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Crazy Credits

This film opens with the 1954 "VistaVision" Paramount Pictures logo - instead of the new 'live-action' one. This logo was used at the head of all Paramount films released from the mid-1950s through to 1986. See more »


Soundtracks

Same in Any Language
(2005)
Written by Nancy Wilson and Cameron Crowe
Performed by I Nine
Produced by Rick Beato
I Nine performs courtesy of J Records
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Couldn't Find The Blooming Town
27 May 2006 | by filmquestintSee all my reviews

I love Cameron Crowe. Let's make that absolutely clear. The casting of his movies is superb not to mention the writing or the sound tracks. Here, however, in Elizabethtown, the leading man is a hole on the screen. No charisma, no projection, no involvement. I'm not a teenage girl, I grant you that, but I don't think Cameron Crowe made this film for teenage girls. There was something about returning, about rediscovering and/or perhaps about first love. Elizabethtown aims higher than most teenage bound movies. The comatose performance of Orlando Bloom makes everyone else appear as if they were high on something. Billy Wilder is always a little bit present in Cameron Crowe's movies and Kirstin Dunst's character is a Wilder character if I ever saw one. I kept seeing the young Shirley MacLaine, or longing for, I should say. Dunst is an interesting actress but here she has to work with a wooden leading man, so that piece of miscasting throws the whole well intentioned enterprise way off course. Never mind, my love and admiration for Crowe will survive this one.


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