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American Pastoral (2016)

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An All-American college star and his beauty queen wife watch their seemingly perfect life fall apart as their daughter joins the turmoil of '60s America.

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Ewan McGregor

Writers:

Philip Roth (based on the novel by), John Romano (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Swede Levov
Jennifer Connelly ... Dawn Levov
Dakota Fanning ... Merry Levov
Peter Riegert ... Lou Levov
Rupert Evans ... Jerry Levov
Uzo Aduba ... Vicky
Molly Parker ... Sheila Smith
Valorie Curry ... Rita Cohen
Hannah Nordberg ... Merry (12 Years Old)
Julia Silverman ... Sylvia Levov
Mark Hildreth ... Agent Dolan
Samantha Mathis ... Penny Hamlin
David Strathairn ... Nathan Zuckerman
Ocean James ... Merry (8 Years Old) (as Ocean Nalu James)
David Whalen ... Bill Orcutt
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Storyline

Seymour Levov, going by the nickname of 'Swede' in the Jewish community he was born into, was even more of an all-American than Douglas Fairbanks himself. He had just everything an American idol can dream of: not only was the tall muscular young man a high school star athlete but he married a beauty queen named Dawn in the bargain. And as if all this were not enough, Swede later became the successful manager of the glove factory his father had founded, which allowed him to live with his wife in a beautiful house in the New Jersey countryside. Well-mannered, always bright, smiling and positive, conservative but with a liberal edge, what bad could ever happen to him? And yet...this was reckoning without fate and its obnoxious irony, Swede and Dawn's nemesis manifesting itself in the person of Merry, their beloved daughter who in her teens unexpectedly turned into a violent activist. Written by Guy Bellinger

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A radically ordinary story. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexual material, language and brief violent images | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El fin del sueño americano See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$149,038, 23 October 2016

Gross USA:

$544,098

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,063,436
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Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Phillip Noyce was set to direct but drop out. See more »

Goofs

Army National Guardsman - The young army guardsman they have a short talk with outside of the factory in NJ/NYC is actually wearing a 25th infantry patch. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nathan Zuckerman: [narrating as WWII era dance music plays] Let's remember the energy. America had won the war. The depression was over. Sacrifice was over. The upsurge of life was contagious. We celebrated a moment of collective inebriation that we would never know again. Nothing like it in all the years that followed from our childhood until tonight, the 45th reunion of our high school class.
Nathan Zuckerman: [now walking down a school hallway] At 30 or 40, a gathering of my old classmates would have been exactly ...
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Winding Back The Years
Written by Johan Greger Lewen
Courtesy of Firstcom Music
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An engaging and thought provoking drama
6 April 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a middle class family in the a United States of America in the sixties, when there were political turmoil and social unrests. A teenage girl turns radical, leaving behind a trail of destruction and regret.

I often have not liked films that are directed by actors or actresses. Hence, I have not expected "American Pastoral" to be so engaging. The interpersonal dynamics in the film are closing and convincing. I five myself trying to interpret how and why the girl turns out the way she dies. It is also a great plot point that the psychiatrist does know her stuff, and sees what is happening before other people figure it out. The contrasts between the reactions of the father and the mother after the tragedy, and also the contrasts between the speed of the subsequent recovery are astounding. I think this film is an engaging and thought provoking drama. I enjoyed it.


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