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August: Osage County (2013)

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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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John Wells

Writers:

Tracy Letts (screenplay), Tracy Letts (play)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 63 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Violet Weston
Julia Roberts ... Barbara Weston
Chris Cooper ... Charlie Aiken
Ewan McGregor ... Bill Fordham
Margo Martindale ... Mattie Fae Aiken
Sam Shepard ... Beverly Weston
Dermot Mulroney ... Steve Huberbrecht
Julianne Nicholson ... Ivy Weston
Juliette Lewis ... Karen Weston
Abigail Breslin ... Jean Fordham
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Little Charles Aiken
Misty Upham ... Johnna Monevata
Will Coffey ... Sheriff Deon Gilbeau
Newell Alexander ... Dr. Burke
Jerry Stahl ... Liquor Store Owner
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agosto See more »

Filming Locations:

Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$179,302, 29 December 2013

Gross USA:

$37,738,810

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,188,937
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Carrey was considered for the role of Steve. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[first lines]
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.
[chuckles]
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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Life is very long!
17 July 2015 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

I saw the Broadway production with Estelle Parsons (Violet); John Cullum (Beverly); and Elizabeth Ashley (Mattie Fae) in 2008. I had read the play prior so I knew the surprises but it didn't take away from the play. The film does justice to the story even with forty minutes edited out of time. The film casting here is perfect but I wonder what the original cast would have added to the film adaptation. While Meryl and Julia earned their nominations, I felt that Deanna Dunagan and Amy Morton deserved their chance on the big screen as Violet and Barbara. Margo Martindale did a fine job as Mattie Fae but Rondi Reed would have been the original. While the film stays true to the story, Meryl is believable as the toxic Violet Weston. Julia Roberts has matured as an actress and can stand in a scene with Streep or anybody else. The film and stage version is not for immature audiences as the writer touches on sensitive subjects. The stage production featured a three story set where it can be difficult for a community theater. The film doesn't need to worry about that issue. The film moves through at a good pace but you wonder about what happened to the family after.


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