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Release Date: October 11th, 2002

DVD Release Date: March 11th, 2003

PG-13|1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
"White Oleander" chronicles the life of Astrid (Alison Lohman), a young teenager who journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) goes to prison for committing a crime of passion. Set adrift in the world, Astrid struggles to become her own person while coming to terms with the challenges of living life on her own.

Cast: Alison Lohman, Robin Wright, Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger, Billy Connolly, Svetlana Efremova, Patrick Fugit, Cole Hauser

Director: Peter Kosminsky

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Gaylord Films, John Wells Productions, Oleandor Productions

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: 1990s, Underdog, Rise, Mother, Los Angeles, Engaging

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Stronger on character than on story, the film version of Janet Fitch's best-seller is shaped and propelled by the astonishing performance of Alison Lohman. show more

  • What the movie cannot take from the book is its dreamily descriptive prose and interior monologue. Perhaps because of that, the movie changes the focus from Ingrid, the more fascinating creature, to Astrid, whose clay is more malleable for the big screen. show more

  • Considering the star power -- and talent -- of the cast around her, it would have been impressive if Alison Lohman had simply held her own as Astrid, the young heroine of White Oleander. Instead, she owns the movie.

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)