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Bastard out of Carolina (1996)


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Release Date: Dec 15, 1996 Wide



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Accomplished actress Anjelica Huston, daughter of John Huston, made her directorial debut with this absorbing, often wrenching story of child abuse in the 1950s American South. Based on a novel by Dorothy Allison, the film (narrated by Laura Dern) tells the tale of Bone (Jena Malone), a poor white girl so named because she was born right after her mother survived a terrifying car crash. While Bone is still a small child, her single mother, Anney (Jennifer Jason Leigh), meets and marries the



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January 10, 2006

An abused young girl finds sanctuary in the care of the women of her extended family.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

searing domestic drama that will leave you aching

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for Bastard out of Carolina

This was a hard movie to watch. It sickened me. Jena Malone, was insanely good in this movie. It had to be hard for her to portray certain parts in this movie at such a young age. She was just amazing in this movie.
It is a heart wrenching movie about a young girl who is sexually abused by her mothers boyfriend. Her mother is an awful piece of work. I wanted to go through the screen and physically harm her. I was just so disgusted with her and the way she treated her daughter.
All of the actors all acted their parts well. Its just an awfully good movie that will have you going through a lot of emotions. I know I went through a lot watching it.
It's not a film you can watch over and over again, but it is one that you would watch every once in a great while just on the story and the powerful acting. It is a movie that should be seen by all. A must see.
August 27, 2009

Super Reviewer

A brilliant film!
December 19, 2007
Leo L

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    1. Glen: It's my one day off, and you gotta tear around here? Now just, just cool it, kid. You're a girl, not a racehorse.
    2. Bone: You're a girl, not a racehorse.
    3. Glen: You little bitch! You little bitch! Come here!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Glen: I want you to try to be reasonable, girl. I want you to tell your mama. I want you to stop all this nonsense, before you make me really mad
    2. Bone: I'd rather die than go back livin' with you!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Glen: I talked to Annie, you know, and she's comin' back. She promised. She said that she needs a little more time, time to make it up to you. She loves you more than I can understand. You know what your mama told me? She's not comin' home until you come home too. You're gonna have to tell her it's all right. You're gonna have to tell her that we'll be together, again?
    2. Bone: No. I don't wanna live with you no more. I told mama that she can go back. I told her that she could. But I can't. I won't.
    3. Glen: You won't? You won't live with me no more? You are still a child! You don't say what you do! I'm your daddy! I say what to do
    4. Bone: No.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Glen: Bone, what are you doin' up here? How many times you gonna make me call you, girl?
    2. Bone: I didn't hear you.
    3. Glen: Didn't hear you? I've been callin' you for five minutes. Your mama needs your help down there.
    4. Bone: I didn't hear you.
    5. Glen: Don't you sass me. Don't you dare sass me. You think just because your aunt died, you can talk to me like that? You're in my house, now. I am the boss of my house. Do you understand that?
    6. Anney: Glen! Of all days, Jesus! Glen!
    7. Glen: Annie! Annie!, let me handle this! Please, let me handle this!
    8. Anney: No, Glen! No, Glen! Glen! Glen!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Anney: Hey, Bone. You sleepin'? You startin' to look like me, Bone. You're growin' up. What do you think, honey? You think I'm doin' the right thing?
    2. Bone: I don't know.
    3. Anney: I think I am. I hope I am? Sometimes I just get so tired, you know? Sometimes I just want somebody strong to stand by me. To stay with me.
    4. Bone: I'll stay with you.
    5. Anney: I know you will, Bone.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Anney: Glen's not like that.
    2. Granny: You don't know what that boy's like.
    3. Anney: I know he loves me.
    4. Granny: Love. Can't even hold a job for more than a month.
    5. Anney: That's not true.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
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