An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

J.D. Vance (based on the book by), Vanessa Taylor
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Adams ... Bev
Glenn Close ... Mamaw
Gabriel Basso ... J.D. Vance
Haley Bennett ... Lindsay
Freida Pinto ... Usha
Bo Hopkins ... Papaw
Owen Asztalos ... Young J.D. Vance
Jesse C. Boyd ... Matt
Stephen Kunken ... Phillip Roseman
Keong Sim ... Ken
Morgan Gao ... Travis
Ethan Suess ... Chris
Jono Mitchell ... Kevin (as Jonothon Mitchell)
Bill Kelly ... Uncle Pet
David Dwyer ... Uncle Arch
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Based on the bestselling memoir by J.D. Vance, HILLBILLY ELEGY is a modern exploration of the American Dream and three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, a Yale Law student forced to return to his hometown. Written by Netflix

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Marks director Ron Howard's first collaboration with a female cinematographer, the French Maryse Alberti. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, Bev takes her family back to Ohio from Jackson, Kentucky, the viewer sees a "Welcome to Ohio" sign and they pass over a stone bridge that spans a large creek. However, the entire border between Kentucky and Ohio is the Ohio River, which averages a half-mile across with steel-span bridges at every crossing. See more »

Quotes

Young J.D. Vance: All you do is yell at me!
Mamaw: If you didn't act like a shit-for-brains, I wouldn't have to.
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Connections

References Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Circle in the Sand
Written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley
Performed by Belinda Carlisle
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises and Courtesy of Demon Music Group
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Brilliant film
24 November 2020 | by zernySee all my reviews

Don't really understand about all the hates or jealousy here. I am a very picky individual when it comes to watching a movie too. However, I find this one very entertaining and outstanding among all those stupid CGI films that were released during the year. Couldn't be happier because this one just quench my thirst.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hillbilly Elegy See more »

Filming Locations:

Macon, Georgia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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