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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.


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





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gundelj See more »


Box Office


$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:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Embeth Davidtz was chosen as a replacement at the last minute and arrived on-set the day before principal photography began. See more »


In the hospital room, something that appears to be a saucer under the water pitcher appears and disappears between shots over George's shoulder. See more »


[In the background]
Madeleine: So, when is this due?
Johnny Johnsten: *Any fucking time now.*
Madeleine: No, I meant the paper.
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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 »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.89 (2013) See more »


Schöne Ida
Composed by Alois Strohmayer
Performed by Ensemble Bella Musica de Vienne
Courtesy of Harmonia Mundi
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A Treat for a Southern Boy
8 November 2008 | by nturnerSee all my reviews

Since I grew up in the South, this movie grabbed me from the start and wouldn't let go. The message that you can't go home again is universal, but the home to which the main character cannot return is rich with well-defined and believable characters.

George (Alessandro Nivola), a man from North Carolina, has moved to Chicago and married Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz), a sophisticated art gallery owner. She learns from her scouts of an undiscovered primitive artist who lives near George's family. They take this opportunity to drive to North Carolina where Madeleine meets her husband's family for the first time. George's family consists of a strong-willed mother (Celia Weston), a loving but extremely quiet father (Scott Wilson), a brooding ne'er-do-well younger brother (Benjamin McKenzie), and a perky, not-so-bright, golden hearted sister-in-law (Amy Adams).

On the surface, nothing separates this film from hundreds of others with the same basic plot line - be they comedies or dramas. What gives it a five star rating is its ability to depict a depth of character and a location too rarely seen in small films.

I would not classify this film as a comedy/drama. Because I hail from the South, the "comedy" that most critics see in the characters and situations appear just as normal occurrences to me. Of course - as in life - there are moments of humor, but what takes place amongst the main characters of this film cannot in any way be considered comedy. This is sad tale of the inability of those who genuinely love and respect each other to communicate those feelings.

Even though most of the action revolves around the family, I should mention the artist (Frank Hoyt Taylor). This man is a real "character" in every sense of the word. He is a man of apparently limited mental ability who must have been struck in the head early on by a Bible and a huge phallus. You really have to see the work of the artist in order to understand the previous statement. As a matter of fact, his paintings might realistically be considered another character in the film.

The extras on the DVD added greatly to my enjoyment of this movie. The features about the making of it were short but informative, but I liked the deleted scenes even more. I usually can see why scenes have been cut from a film, but some of those deleted from Junebug add powerfully to understanding the characters - especially the mother and father. It's worth your time to view these scenes.

No matter whether you view Junebug as a comedy/drama or as a sad, almost tragic drama, you'll be rewarded with an insightful and entertaining tale.

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