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Georgia (1995)

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An unflinching drama of frustrated ambition and troubled siblings, Georgia examines the relationship between a self-destructive, would-be rock singer and her sister, a successful folk musician. Sadie (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is the younger, more troubled sister, a wild child with a taste for reckless behavior, from her dangerous romances to her attachments to drugs and alcohol. Hopping between low-rent clubs, Sadie struggles to make it from gig to gig, delivering rawly emotional performances that lack technical skill. Her repeated career failures drive her further into addiction, sending her life into a downward spiral. Ultimately, she is forced to seek help from her sister Georgia (Mare Winningham), who is everything Sadie is not: married, financially secure, and blessed with a smooth voice that has won her popular success. A clash of seemingly opposite personalities follows, as Georgia attempts to help Sadie without becoming damaged herself.

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Cast

John Doe
as Bobby
Jason Carter
as Chasman
Tom Bower
as Erwin Flood
Nicole Donahoo
as Young Sadie
Aisleagh Jackson
as Young Georgia
Coleen O'Hara
as Ticket Agent
Bruce Wirth
as Dan Ferguson
Thomas Kuhn
as Bartender at Larry's
Bill Johns
as Promoter
Mina Badie
as Girl with Bobby
Chris Carlson
as Reporters at Larry's
Shawn Cox
as 17-Year-Old Boy
Stephanie Shine
as Nurse No. 2
Jay Keye
as Gate Agent
Jo Miller
as Herself
Gary Lanz
as Backupsinger
C.W. Huston
as Drunk in Crowd
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Critic Reviews for Georgia

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7)

A nearly perfect movie about a nearly total screw-up.

December 27, 2010 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
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An intense study of sibling rivalry set in the Seattle music world, Georgia excels at the expression of painfully unresolvable family conflicts.

October 22, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

Georgia is not a simply plotted movie about descent and recovery, but a complex, deeply knowledgeable story about how alcoholism and mental illness really are family diseases.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A painful though sadly humorous portrait of sisterhood deftly written by Leigh's mom, Barbara Turner, and directed with just-right spareness by Ula Grosbard.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4
USA Today
Top Critic

Might be my favorite example of a movie that compels you toward binaristic assumptions but keeps outwitting them, with its immersed conviction in the palpable, sonic, psychological, atmospheric world that it inhabits and constructs.

August 30, 2009 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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In Grosbard's study of siblings rivalry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, as the more aggressive but less talented sister, again shows why she's the most brilliant actress of her generation.

May 6, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Georgia

½

Great performance by Jennifer Jason Leigh makes this well worth your time.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

a great film.

Leo L
Leo L

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