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Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

R | | Drama | 24 November 2020 (USA)
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An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.


Ron Howard


J.D. Vance (based on the book by), Vanessa Taylor
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Adams ... Bev
Glenn Close ... Mamaw
Gabriel Basso ... J.D. Vance
Haley Bennett ... Lindsay
Freida Pinto ... Usha
Bo Hopkins ... Papaw
Owen Asztalos ... Young J.D. Vance
Jesse C. Boyd ... Matt
Stephen Kunken ... Phillip Roseman
Keong Sim ... Ken
Morgan Gao ... Travis
Ethan Suess ... Chris
Jono Mitchell ... Kevin (as Jonothon Mitchell)
Bill Kelly ... Uncle Pet
David Dwyer ... Uncle Arch


Based on the bestselling memoir by J.D. Vance, HILLBILLY ELEGY is a modern exploration of the American Dream and three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, a Yale Law student forced to return to his hometown. Written by Netflix

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


A film adaptation of the 2016 New York Times best selling memoir of the same name. See more »


At the beginning, Bev takes her family back to Ohio from Jackson, Kentucky, the viewer sees a "Welcome to Ohio" sign and they pass over a stone bridge that spans a large creek. However, the entire border between Kentucky and Ohio is the Ohio River, which averages a half-mile across with steel-span bridges at every crossing. See more »


J.D. Vance: Whatever better life my grandparents had chased up Route 23, they never caught it.
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References Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »


Divertimento No. 10 in F Major, K. 247
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Petter Sundkvist
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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Why all the hate?
24 November 2020 | by barob-51973See all my reviews

Well I had a great review written but it was erased when I switched to another site to fact check some other movies. What I wanted to say was this is a hard movie to watch. It's hard bc it's honest. We all have our struggles and this is another depiction of an honest struggle families have. In America we like to place labels. In this case the labels are hillbilly, red neck, or white trash. It's all true, but it doesn't mean that's bad. It means it's honest. It makes me think of other honest movies about American families like Crooklyn, Ordinary People or Kramer vs Kramer. In this year of 2020 the word struggle comes up time and again, but let's not forget another truly American symbolic word .... perseverance. Watch this movie and know that if you're down and feel like the world is against you just keep fighting and persevere. I hope this movie can inspire that feeling. It did for me.

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Release Date:

24 November 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Macon, Georgia, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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