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Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

R | | Drama | 15 December 1996 (USA)
A mother and daughter find their lives adversely affected when a new man enters the picture. Will their family ever be what they expect?

Director:

Anjelica Huston

Writers:

Dorothy Allison (book), Anne Meredith (teleplay)
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Anney
Ron Eldard ... Glen Waddell
Glenne Headly ... Ruth
Lyle Lovett ... Wade
Jena Malone ... Bone
Dermot Mulroney ... Lyle Parsons
Christina Ricci ... Dee Dee
Michael Rooker ... Earle
Diana Scarwid ... Raylene
Susan Traylor ... Alma
Grace Zabriskie ... Granny
Richard Todd Sullivan Richard Todd Sullivan ... Travis
Pat Hingle ... Mr. Waddell
Lindley Mayer Lindley Mayer ... Reese
Jamison Stewart Jamison Stewart ... Grey
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Storyline

Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as her last chance. Written by Lew Jacobs <titus@idirect.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong depiction of sexual and violent abuse, including a rape scene involving a young girl | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abuso a la inocencia See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ron Eldard spent a lot of time playing sports with Jena Malone so they would both feel comfortable performing the scenes in which he is physically abusing her. He claimed that in no scene did inappropriate contact with Malone take place, and that for scenes in which he appears to grab her by the throat, he is actually only holding her by his fingertips. Eldard was adamant that the graphic depiction of sexual abuse and rape was a necessity for the film. See more »

Goofs

At 12 minutes and 57 seconds into the film, Dermot Mulroney's character (Lyle Parsons) is driving along a road past a modern looking house with a very modern looking red truck parked in the driveway. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: "People pay for what they do, and still more for what they allow themselves to become. And they pay for it simply; by the lives they lead." James Baldwin.
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Soundtracks

Be Careful Of The Stones That You Throw
Written by Bonnie Dodd
Performed by The Staple Singers
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User Reviews

Very unsettling
10 August 1999 | by Tiff-8See all my reviews

This movie really got to me. I couldn't get those horrible molestation and rape scenes out of my mind. All I could think of afterwards was "What was Jena Malone's mother thinking when she agreed to this?" Yes, I know they were acting, but no young pre-teen should be subjected to that kind of material.


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