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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 »


When Jolene is narrating about the trial of Uncle Phil she says that she needed to prove that she was 16 and therefore he was guilty of "statutory rape"; This part of the film takes place in South Carolina where the age of consent is 16 therefore it would not be statutory rape, he could be found guilty of adultery and that would have been grounds for divorce from his wife though. 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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Written by Buck Ram, Al Nevins, Morty Nevins
Performed by The Platters
Published by Devon Music, Inc.
Songs Of Universal Inc.
By arrangement with St. Clair Entertainment Group Inc.
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I Would Follow Jessica Anywhere....
28 February 2012 | by Allen-Uncle-Mont-WilliamsSee all my reviews

This was one of those movies where it doesn't really matter if the story sucks or if the film itself was poorly made. I could care less about any of that stuff because watching Jessica Chastain on screen is just delightful in its own way.

The story was alright, although I'm not sure there was an actual story here. All I gathered from the so called plot was that this woman (Jolene) didn't know what to do with herself and just kinda wandered & winged it through life on a daily basis.

This movie should have been the female version of "The Truman Show" where the audience can just follow around a clueless human being for no particular reason. This is a wannabe reality show disguised as a feature film and the only thing missing is SNOOKI and that's all there is too it....

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