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Junebug (2005)

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A dealer in "outsider" art travels from Chicago to North Carolina to meet her new in-laws, challenging the equilibrium of this middle class Southern home.

Director:

Phil Morrison
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Embeth Davidtz ... Madeleine
David Kuhn David Kuhn ... Auctioneer
Alessandro Nivola ... George
Alicia Van Couvering Alicia Van Couvering ... Bernadette
Jerry Minor ... Scout who stays outside
Matt Besser ... Scout who goes in
Will Oldham ... Bill Mooney, scout
Frank Hoyt Taylor ... David Wark
Scott Wilson ... Eugene
Ben McKenzie ... Johnny
Celia Weston ... Peg
Amy Adams ... Ashley
Bobby Tisdale ... Norman Venable at Replacements, Ltd.
Beth Bostic Beth Bostic ... Lucille, the neighbor
Joanne Pankow ... Sissy, David Wark's sister
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Storyline

Successful Carolinian George Johnsten meets Chicago art gallery owner Madeleine at an electoral benefit art auction- love at first sight. Madeleine decides to meet a Southern original artist, so George seizes the opportunity to come along and present her to his North Carolina parents Eugene and Peg, drop-out brother Johny and his high-pregnant wife Ashley. Confronting the outsider soon opens a can of worms as emotions revive or emerge, like admiration and jealousy. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gundelj See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,739, 7 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,678,691, 8 December 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,399,228
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Ashley (Amy Adams) does her sit up exercises, Director Phil Morrison used a split screen, combining the performance of a real pregnant woman with Adams' head. See more »

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When Madeleine is having her nails done, her right and left legs are crossed in different shots. See more »

Quotes

Madeleine: [Madeleine is helping Johnny with his book report on Huckleberry Finn] Their relationship is Huck's gradual love affair with this slave is a major theme...
Johnny Johnsten: Wa-wa-wait, they fall in love with each other? I don't think you're talking about the right book...
[laughs nervously]
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Crazy Credits

A list of 121 extras is included in the credits, although these credits are given separately from the cast list, after most of the crew credits have been shown. See more »

Connections

Featured in 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet in G major, Op. 54/1
Allegro con brio by Franz Joseph Haydn (as Franz Joseph Haydn)
Performed by the Kodaly Quartet
Courtesy of Naxos America
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Deceptively complex
15 April 2008 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

In some ways, poor southerners are the chavs of America: the one social group whom it's politically acceptable to mock. And at first, 'Junebug', a film about a newly (and quickly) married Chicago girl visiting her new husband's southern parents, appears to be just another opportunity to laugh at the southerners, although (inexeplicably) his half-witted family appear anything but poor. In fact, the movie is soon pointing fingers in both directions, and developing into a fairly subtle and complex movie about the nature of love and family; but it's foundation remains problematic and clichéd ground, however sensitively the movie builds on it. One might see elements of Mike Leigh's work in this film, transported of course to an American setting; but I generally find it easier to believe in Leigh's dysfunctional families. Still, there's a deceptive complexity to this work, even if that isn't quite enough to make it good.


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