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Jolene (2008)

R | | Drama | 13 June 2008 (USA)
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A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life."


Dan Ireland


Dennis Yares (screenplay by), E.L. Doctorow (story "Jolene: A Life") | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Chastain ... Jolene
Frances Fisher ... Cindy
Rupert Friend ... Coco Leger
Dermot Mulroney ... Uncle Phil
Zeb Newman Zeb Newman ... Mickey
Chazz Palminteri ... Sal Fontaine
Denise Richards ... Marin
Theresa Russell ... Aunt Kay
Michael Vartan ... Brad
Shannon Whirry ... Teacher
Drea Pruseau Drea Pruseau ... Nurse
Mickey Cottrell ... Dr. Bloomberg
Mary Jane Johnson Mary Jane Johnson ... Mrs. Ames
Bri Acsani Bri Acsani ... Suicide Girl
Julie Sledge Julie Sledge ... Girl in Hospital


A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life."

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A life between the exit signs



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence and drug use

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Release Date:

13 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Джолин See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Next Turn Productions See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jessica Chastain's feature film debut. See more »


Jolene can't be charged with kidnapping her son as she is his mother and still married to his father. At most she can be charged with custodial interference.

Also, no matter how much money Brad has, it's almost impossible to get a civil annulment once the marriage is consummated (as evidenced by Brad Jr.) and they've lived together as man and wife..

He would have to get a civil divorce. See more »

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In on-screen credits, Don Mosley is listed twice as Chief Lighting Technician. See more »


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I Thought I Was A Stud
Written by Carey Moore / Martin Buchanan
Performed by Jeff Carson
Courtesy of Imaginary Friends Music Partners
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Fantastic, fantastic movie that is difficult to explain. More movies like this should be made. Great acting and story. I say A
27 April 2011 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

When do you know for sure you are in love? After a failed marriage at a young age, Jolene (Chastain) deals with getting over the past and finding herself. She sets off on a journey across the country looking for what is missing in her life. This is a very, very good coming-of-age story, also kind of inspiring in a way, no matter what happens to her she never gets down and keeps pushing forward. On the other hand it is also pretty depressing to watch what this girl goes through. This movie does a great job of showing what a girl, who was raised as an orphan and spent her youth between the home and foster parents, acts like. Though it's not her first movie the woman who plays Jolene (Jessica Chastain) is fantastic in this. It's not an easy role, especially with as much sex and nudity involved (nothing gratuitous, it actually helps define the character), along with the ranges of emotion she must portray. I'm really surprised she didn't get any recognition for this. I don't want to give too much away, but I really, really enjoyed this movie. I give it an A.

Would I watch it again? - I did already.

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