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As I Lay Dying (2013)

R | | Drama | 22 October 2013 (USA)
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Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

Director:

James Franco

Writers:

William Faulkner (based on a novel by), James Franco (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Darl Bundren
Tim Blake Nelson ... Anse
Jim Parrack ... Cash
Ahna O'Reilly ... Dewey Dell
Logan Marshall-Green ... Jewel
Brady Permenter ... Vardaman Bundren
Danny McBride ... Vernon Tull
Beth Grant ... Addie Bundren
Brian Lally ... Dr. Peabody
Jennifer Kristen Howell ... Cora Tull (as Jennifer Howell)
Natalie Minton Natalie Minton ... Kate Tull
Anna Kooris Anna Kooris ... Eula Tull
Steve Nabors Steve Nabors ... Reverend Whitfield
John Still John Still ... Samson
Susan McMillin Susan McMillin ... Mrs. Samson
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Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing images, some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El último deseo See more »

Filming Locations:

Canton, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,143, 13 October 2013

Gross USA:

$16,697

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,759
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original book, upon which the movie is based, is told from the perspective of fifteen different characters over fifty-nine chapters. Split screens are used throughout much of the movie, and this is designed to reflect the different perspectives of the characters. See more »

Goofs

In the dream sequence, when Vardaman stabs the dead catfish with a knife, a printed food label or price tag is sticking out from under the fish. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Addie Bundren: My father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead for a long time.
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Version of Camera Three: As I Lay Dying (1956) See more »

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Shall We Gather at the River?
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Written by Robert Lowry
Performed by Funeral Service Attendees
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Probably doesn't do the source material justice but it's still an extremely interesting film going experience!
5 November 2013 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'AS I LAY DYING': Four Stars (Out of Five)

James Franco undertook the ambitious creative effort of trying to adapt author William Faulkner's classic 1930 book (of the same name) and partially succeeded. Franco directed the film and wrote it's screenplay. He also co-stars in the movie with a bunch of his friends; like Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack (he co-stars with Nelson and Parrack in another film he co-wrote and directed this year, based on a book by Cormac McCarthy, called 'CHILD OF GOD'). The film, if nothing else, is very interesting and it's great to see Franco continuously trying new and different things.

The story begins with the death of Addie Bundren (Beth Grant). She left behind her husband Anse (Nelson), daughter Dewey Dell (Ahna O'Reilly) and four sons (Franco, Parrack, Logan Marshall-Green and Brady Permenter). It then focuses on the family's efforts to transport Addie's body to the town of Jefferson, to be buried (as she wished). Each family member has their own troubles and drama. It's set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi (based on Faulkner's home Lafayette County).

I never read the book so I didn't know the story at all prior to seeing the movie. So for me it was really bizarre and interesting. I know a lot of fans of the book are unhappy with Franco's adaptation but there are some that think it's a good enough summary of a near impossible novel to adapt (into a movie). I liked all of the performances (I especially was fascinated by Nelson and Marshall-Green) and found all the characters to be really interesting. I really liked Franco's directing as well and think he shows a lot of promise with this film. Maybe he shouldn't try to adapt such popular and classic works of modern literature but he definitely has talent as a filmmaker. There's a lot to marvel at in the movie, for sure. It probably doesn't do the source material justice but it's still an extremely interesting film going experience.

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