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Directed by Billy Bob Thornton
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick
FOCUS: ACTORS TURNED DIRECTORS • The thick Alabama air drips with atmosphere in this visceral and provocative tale of a Southern family co-written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who also stars alongside a powerhouse ensemble that includes Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick and John Hurt. The year is 1969, and the volatile state of the Caldwell family reflects the country’s conflicted culture at large as three brothers (Bacon, Patrick and Thornton) vie for the approval of their tough-as-nails father (Duvall). After news comes from England that the family’s estranged matriarch has died, her widower (Hurt) arrives with their son and daughter to lay his wife to rest with “her people.” As the two families meet for the first time, a culture clash ensues that, for better or worse, leaves no one untouched. Jayne Mansfield’s Car resonates with a dark, whimsical charm and a soundtrack that will bring a smile to baby-boomer lips.
Film Note Writer: Kristine Kolton