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THE MOVIE: Elizabethtown

Orlando Bloom • Kirsten Dunst • Susan Saradon
DIRECTOR: Cameron Crowe

Life changing… THE CONCEPT:
Once again Cameron Crowe loosely takes a chapter out of his life. Drew is at the center of his shoe company’s fiasco when he learns of his father’s death. Asked by his mother Hollie to travel to Kentucky to make arrangements for the elaborate memorial service, he meets Claire on the plane, a flight attendant who changes his life…

U.S. RELEASE: October 14 2005, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


“Drew is a guy who is obsessed with success. We can all relate to that. You want to make enough money so you can buy a new house or a new car. And the truth is you can’t take any of that with you. His journey is to learn to appreciate and value his own life in order to be able to appreciate the family that welcomes him at the front door in Kentucky, to come to terms with the loss of his father and to ultimately be able to fall in love with this girl, and that all happens on this road trip, through the heartland of America.”

“Claire needs Drew and she knows the lessons he needs to learn. You can’t help who you fall in love with … and he’s easy on the eyes.”

“My mother loves Susan Sarandon [whom she portrays in the movie]. Susan said to me that she learned more about how to play the part from talking to my mom than talking to me, which truly frightened me.”

SUSAN SARANDON on her scene where she tap dances to Moon River at the Memorial Service:
“Of course that scene was a selling point to do the movie, but it was very scary. You just tell someone you’re dancing to Moon River, it’s funny, so I thought I’m not going to worry about making it too broad. I think she should seem like she’s really trying to do a good job but, at the same time, she’s probably had three dance lessons.”

DUNST on Crowe’s asking the actors’ to watch the movie The Apartment before filming started:
“It’s a wonderful film. I can see how Cameron tries to use the Billy Wilder style in his movies. Shirley MacLaine does this little thing when she pushes the buttons in the elevator, she always twirls her finger, and I did that in one scene for Cameron, when I’m taking the coffee. That was a little ode to The Apartment.”

BLOOM on taking his own road trip after finishing Elizabethtown:
“I never really understood what it meant by the heartland of America or Southern hospitality. I went on my road trip with my dog, through Colorado, the Rockies, the mountains come up so fast. I got a whole new respect for the pioneers. It was intimidating just being in the car, let along doing it with a horse and cart. I don’t think you see America portrayed in movies like it is in this movie. This is an America the world needs to see right now. It’s cool.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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