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August: Osage County (2013)

R | | Drama | 10 January 2014 (USA)
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A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 62 nominations. See more awards »

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Sheriff Deon Gilbeau
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Violet Weston (Meryl Streep) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiancé), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. Written by napierslogs

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Misery loves family.

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Drama

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Rated R for language including sexual references, and for drug material | See all certifications »

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10 January 2014 (USA)  »

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Agosto  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$139,915 (USA) (3 January 2014)

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$37,738,503 (USA) (5 May 2014)
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Tracy Letts unsuccessfully objected to Harvey Weinstein's decision to cast British actors Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Andrea Riseborough (who was nearly cast as Karen) because the characters were written to be all-American. He admitted a change of view after he saw the film. See more »

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The sheriff's car bears an Oklahoma County license plate. Oklahoma County is about 2 1/2 hours away from Osage County. See more »

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Beverly Weston: Life is very long. T.S. Elliot. Not the first person to say it, certainly not the first person to think it, but he's given credit for it because he bothered to write it down.
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Beverly Weston: Now if you say it, you have to say his name after it. "Life is very long." T.S. Elliot. Absolutely goddamn right.
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Featured in 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2014) See more »

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Don't Let Go
Written by Adam Taylor
Performed by Deron Johnson
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Intense Film
19 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was amazing. The cast, director, and cinematographer are top notch. It will surely be nominated for several Oscars. I had a chance to view it during a Film Festival and was excited that I got a ticket to this sold out showing. But then, halfway through the movie, I nearly walked out.

The outrageous, violent, destructive behavior of the characters and between the characters hit a little too close to home for my comfort. For those who think the actions of the characters seem over the top, let me assure you they are not. When you mix addiction, lies, and a lifetime of pain, you get exactly this type of toxic concoction.

I required multiple tissues to get me through to the end, but ultimately I stayed (as a film lover, I could not bring myself to walk out of such a wonderfully crafted movie). I'm glad I did.


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