Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

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Avg Rating: 3.7 / 5. Voted: 11

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Directed by: Anjelica Huston
Starring: Jena Malone (Bone), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Anney), Ron Eldard (Glen), Michael Rooker (Uncle Earle), Glenne Headly (Aunt Ruth), Dermot Mulroney (Daddy #2), Christina Ricci (Ruth’s daughter)
Country: United States
Language: English (English subs)
Runtime: 01:37:58
Genres: Misery, Family, Domestic Abuse, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Childhood, Based on a True Story, Old-Young Relationships

Plot – Spoilers:
Anney is a young mother with an illegitimate daughter Bone. She’s obsessed with removing the ‘bastard’ out of Bone and goes through a couple of marriages with men in the hope of finding love and security.

Anney’s second marriage with Glen turns out disastrous for Bone though. While Glen tries hard to keep Anney happy, he also carries a massive chip as a failure in his father’s eyes. To him, Bone is an easy, at-hand outlet for his frustrations. But it’s not just the violence that interests him about Bone.

Controversial Scenes:
Jean Malone was 12 at the time of the movie’s release. And so the two molestation scenes garnered a lot of controversy. According to director Anjelica Huston, Jean Malone and Ron Eldard worked for a month with a stunt coordinator to figure out how they’d eventually enact the scenes.

4 thoughts on “Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

  • September 11, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Excellent movie. Well directed and acted.

  • April 12, 2020 at 5:23 am

    Very good movie. Has unsettling bits but not gore or horror like the rest here. Incredible and worth watching.

  • August 26, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Is that what goes on , on the chicken farms in the south…………………………WOW! Great acting tho’.

  • November 13, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Damn, it was really brutal!

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