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An American Affair (2008)

R | | Drama | 27 February 2009 (USA)
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In 1963, during the swirl of glamour and intrigue that turned President John F. Kennedy's Washington into Camelot, a lonely 13-year-old Catholic school boy comes of age.

Director:

William Olsson

Writer:

Alex Metcalf
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gretchen Mol ... Catherine Caswell
James Rebhorn ... Lucian Carver
Cameron Bright ... Adam Stafford
Mark Pellegrino ... Graham Caswell
Perrey Reeves ... Adrienne Stafford
Noah Wyle ... Mike Stafford
Jimmy Bellinger ... Jimmy
Jermaine Crawford ... Andre
Jerry Hart Jerry Hart ... Carl
Lisa-Lisbeth Finney Lisa-Lisbeth Finney ... Sister Mary Eunice
Laurel Astri Laurel Astri ... Faith
Sarah Hart Sarah Hart ... Patricia
Jerry Whiddon Jerry Whiddon ... Jacques
Monika Samtani Monika Samtani ... Sita
Hannah Williams Hannah Williams ... Magda
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What if a boy's coming of age included a relationship with a woman in her 30s, a free spirit who paints and who numbers the President of the United States among her lovers? In Washington, D.C., in the fall of 1963, junior-high student Adam Stafford becomes obsessed with his new neighbor, Catherine Caswell. He steams open her mail, reads her diary, peers into her windows, and hides in her closet. CIA agents notice him; he sees them meet with her and with an anti-Castro Cuban. She hires Adam to work in her garden, and they become friends of sorts. Is theirs an American affair? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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What Can You Do For Your Country? See more »

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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:

27 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boy of Pigs See more »

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Production Co:

Astrakan Films See more »
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Runtime:

| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)| Color (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's original title was "Boy of Pigs", a play on the Bay of Pigs incident that took place in Cuba and spearheaded the Cuban Missile Crisis. See more »

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Catherine Caswell: Need a little deniability, Graham? Point A leads to point B, leads to finger on the trigger.
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The End of the World
Written by Sylvia Dee and Arthur Kent
Performed by Skeeter Davis
Courtesy of RCA Nashville
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Good sleeper film
9 September 2010 | by frncsbrennanSee all my reviews

Adam is a 13 year old boy who has just discovered his sexuality. He is not so popular at school and takes a few beatings, but he at least has a prospective girlfriend; that is, until one night while perusing a Playboy magazine in his room he sees the real thing from his window, a beautiful woman semi-naked, right across the street. From that point, Adam is obsessed with this woman, Catherine. Most women would have sent him on his way for his own good, but Catherine is confused and conflicted, and she is a painter, a bohemian artist who is just ending an affair with JFK, and her ex-husband works for the CIA. She is flattered by his interest and boldness, and soon begins to really care about him. The JFK/CIA angle in this film is the weakest part of this movie; it just seems too far fetched. This film would have been just fine without that subplot. The interaction between an older woman who is trying to find herself, and the infatuation of a young boy with her made for some real interest. The ending of this movie is very touching.


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