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August: Osage County [DVD] [2013]

  • SKU: 4539024
  • Release Date: 04/08/2014
  • Rating: R
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    81% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (85 out of 105)

    Special Features


    • Fearture and deleted scenes Commentary with Director John Wells and Cinematographer Adriano Goldman
    • The making of August: Osage County
    • Featurette on writing with Tracy Letts

    Synopsis


    August: Osage County
    Director John Wells' adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize winning play August: Osage County tells the tale of the dysfunctional Westin clan, who all come together after the death of patriarch Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard). His wife Violet (Meryl Streep), who is fighting mouth cancer and a growing dependency on pain pills, sees her entire clan return home for the services, including her sister Mattie Fae Aiken (Margo Martindale) and her husband Charles (Chris Cooper) and their son "Little" Charles (Benedict Cumberbatch). Also arriving are Violet's three daughters: Barbara (Julia Roberts) and her husband Bill (Ewan McGregor), Ivy (Julianne Nicholson), and wild child Karen (Juliette Lewis), who brings her fiancé Steve (Dermot Mulroney). As the clan bickers and jokes, old truths come to the surface, jealousies flourish, and eventually each of the characters confronts some past hurt or future fear. August: Osage County screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Meryl Streep
      Meryl Streep - Violet Weston
    • Julia Roberts
      Julia Roberts - Barbara Weston
    • Juliette Lewis
      Juliette Lewis - Karen Weston
    • Ewan McGregor
      Ewan McGregor - Bill Fordham
    • Abigail Breslin
      Abigail Breslin - Jean Fordham



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 105 reviews

    81%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Streep is brilliant once again

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      AliveForNow
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      This is a searing drama about a dysfunctional family reuniting after the death of the patriarch, under suspicious circumstances. The gradual unfolding of wounds - long past, and some fresh - is heart rending. If you can watch this, and not be grateful your own family, then you have my deepest sympathy. The discomfort of seeing all this pain unfold is offset by the stunning performance of Meryl Streep as the matriarch who still dominates lives, directly and indirectly, for better or for worse. Adding to the realness is the "anti-glam" makeup on the actresses, all of whom also play their parts well. I have to admit that the first time through, this was difficult to watch. Knowing the full story made the second time a chance to admire great artistry. But that's the advantage of owning a dvd, *when* the film is truly great.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not what we expected.

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      x273659
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      This is a very well made and acted movie. No problems with the technical side of things. Be warned though, this film is not for everyone. Very harsh portrayal of a family with a long history of problems. Don't let the picture on the cover fool you. This is not a feel-good, warm and fuzzy story of family reconciliation. It is just the opposite. Many times during the movie I just wanted to turn it off. The only thing that kept me going was the excellent performances by Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in what must have been difficult roles. If you want something that will leave you happy, watch Nebraska.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Bought for wife who wanted to see this movie.

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      JimiB
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      Simply awful movie. Way over the top acting, I would expect more from Meryl Streep, but I guess she needed the money and signed on just for that. This was more of a made for TV movie than a featured release, and even then, I wouldn't watch it. It seemed to me that everyone in this movie was trying to out act one another, guess what, it made it even more excruciating to watch. I only watched it for about a half hour and I am surprised I lasted that long.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent adaption of the play!

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      kakie
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      The acting is impeccable and the story is a stunning and disturbing combination of laughter through tears. If you can't see your own family in the story, you will at least recognize someone you know! You will laugh and at times, you will be shocked at the dysfunction of this recognizable family. I saw the play in Boston. The stage version was more adaptable to the humor. But still an excellent film!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      good movie

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      daddy
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      Its a very good movie about family life how depression and substance abuse can affect a family and how people grow from their childhood experiences to adulthood. This movies shows how life is in reality of how we deal with issues that happen to us while growing up and how to deal with it as adults. This movie shows reality in all of us how we deal with social issues as a family.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      FANTASTIC ACTING

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      redderr
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      The acting is super, those that are over the top do so and does that have to be low keyed do so. All in all the casting and the great acting make this a very wonderful movie. It showcases how families interact and all the dysfunctions that go into a family and how pride stands firm even unto the fall.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie for folks 40+

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      mary1mary
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      This was an excellent movie, with strong women as leading actors (which is difficult to find). The acting was excellent, all the way around. The viewer must be patient and interested in the characters and their plights in order to enjoy. I think this would definitely appeal to women rather than men.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      HOME RUN

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      19661984
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      As usual, Meryl Steep hits it out of the park with her acting and the rest of the cast hold there own also. As disfunctional as this family is it hits home and can be realted to many families out there. Mine for sure Ha Ha... Enjoy the Roller Coaster Ride......

      I would recommend this to a friend



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