Bastard out of Carolina (1996)


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Movie Info

This drama deals with the sensitive subject of physical and sexual childhood abuse. A mother who knows that her daughter is being abused by the girl's father struggles with the idea of leaving him.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Anne Meredith
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as Ruth Anne `Bone' Boa...

as Daddy Glen Waddell

as Lyle Parsons

as Mr. Waddell

as Truck Driver

as Young Clerk

as Justice of Peace

as Worker

as Mrs. Parsons

as Mr. Waddell's Wife

as Brother Calvin

as Officer

as Man in Cafe

as Woman in Cafe

as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Bastard out of Carolina

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

June 6, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic


January 10, 2006

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

Full Review… | July 25, 2005
Spirituality and Practice

searing domestic drama that will leave you aching

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

August 17, 2005

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.


Super Reviewer


Haven't read the book but I feel that this is not a good adaptation & the film feels rushed, If you're planning to see this be prepared for its difficult subject matter & some really disturbing scenes

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


A brilliant film!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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