• Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

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Release Date: July 17th, 2006

DVD Release Date: April 25th, 2000

R|1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary
Anney (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a poor single mother from the rural South, struggles to raise her young daughter, Bone (Jena Malone). They seem to find happiness when Anney marries a kindly man named Lyle (Dermot Mulroney) who treats Bone like his own child. However, after Lyle is killed in an automobile accident, Anney remarries to the hotheaded Glen (Ron Eldard), who abuses Bone physically and sexually, and begins to tear the once tight-knit family apart.

Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ron Eldard, Jena Malone, Glenne Headly, Lyle Lovett, Dermot Mulroney, Christina Ricci, Michael Rooker

Director: Anjelica Huston

Genres: Drama

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  • Huston films the horrifying assault scenes to provoke disgust, outrage, fear and pity. She doesn't flinch. She refuses to soften the situation. Her Carolina is painful to watch. It's meant to be. [13 Dec 1996, p.65nc]

  • Huston's movie seems to disappoint some who've read the novel, but the forlorn humanity that triumphs over the depravity and poverty is unforgettably affecting. [13 Dec 1996, p.1D]

  • Unforgettably, Bastard out of Carolina makes a bold statement about a little girl's grace under inordinate pressure. show more

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