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Georgia (1995)

Jennifer Jason Leigh , Mare Winningham , Ulu Grosbard  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mare Winningham, Ted Levine, Max Perlich, John Doe
  • Directors: Ulu Grosbard
  • Writers: Barbara Turner
  • Producers: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ulu Grosbard, Amanda DiGiulio, Barbara Turner, Ben Barenholtz
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305433879
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,771 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Georgia" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Critics everywhere raved about this motion picture and its outstanding stars, Jennifer Jason Leigh (SINGLE WHITE FEMALE, RUSH) and Academy Award(R)-nominee Mare Winningham. It's the story of two sisters -- one talented, the other passionate -- and the rivalry that binds them together. Sadie (Leigh) is a rebel who aspires to rock stardom while her sister, Georgia (Winningham), is a gifted and already successful musician. Sadie -- unwilling to give up her dreams -- struggles to make a name for herself in the shadow of her talented sister. Acclaimed as one of the year's 10 best films -- you'll find this powerful story of ambition and rock 'n' roll dreams absolutely riveting!

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In the dark we're all scared... March 27, 2005
What a beautiful family drama this film was! Not only did director Ulu Grosbard give us this story about two sisters and the struggles between them, but also he gave it to us (with the help of writer Barbara Turner) with a surprising twist that you do not see in everyday cinema. Here is a story that is brutally honest and exceptionally real to anyone involved. On the top layer you have a sister trying to compete with the popularity of the other, on another layer you have a troubled spirit controlled by substance abuse, and yet on another layer (and they keep going), you have this sister which isn't a good singer more passionate about the craft than the one that has an ever growing fan base. Wow. With this much structure and substance, you may think that it could get wrapped around itself relatively easy and eventually loose the potential that it has. Well, if you were thinking that ... you would be wrong. Georgia is able to keep us guessing and wanting more from each passing frame. From the tight character work by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mare Winningham to the powerfully emotional story of sisterhood, this movie will keep you enthralled until the final scene, which will literally knock you off your seat.

I must applaud Jennifer Jason Leigh because I have never been as impressed with her performance as I was as her turn as Sadie Flood. From her passionate portrayal of Sadie to the ability to capture every word with crisp emotion and distinction, Leigh takes every scene and makes it her last. She is brilliant and honest at the same time. She gives so much to the camera and to the role that you move away from that feeling of watching a movie and handed that sensation of being allowed into someone's private life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking August 26, 2002
This is a movie for introspective people. It's heartbreaking to watch JJ Leigh's Sadie manufacturing so much hope in believing in herself and her singing. I identify more with Georgia's character because she has more or less the approval from the society. At times I felt embarrassed for Sadie with her tryings and failures. While 'normal folks' see Sadie as a talentless junkie, you have to give Sadie points for trying. Music is a form of self-expression and is very subjective. Nobody has the right to crush a musician's dream. Both actresses gave nuanced performance. Although JJ Leigh's got the flashier Sadie. Without Winningham's emotionally guarded Georgia, there's no contrast to Sadie's desperate plight. The song "No More Hard Times" was so poignant to the story. It broke my heart at the end of the film to see two sisters singing the same song at different settings. You know both women had achieved an understanding for each other's path in life. This movie is for all the underdogs who'd been under the shadow of a seemingly more successful sibling or partner.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This is a tale about a successful singer and her sister living on her coat tails as a untalented singer, addict, and polar opposite. It's clean living success versus struggles and failures. As an author of a book dealing with dysfunction and addiction, I enjoyed this move. The movie is set up to root for the underdog, but the more you want her to make it or to crash and burn (even die), the more she stays the same in her situation. Basically, you can't teach a dog new tricks. Excellant acting by Jennifer Jason Leigh as the overly masscaraed, eye-lined Sadie. At times she looks like she has two black eyes, because in reality she has been beaten (not physically, but beaten in life). I kept waiting for her to be beautiful, but JJL does a great job being unattractive. Why did I prefer her to the Georgia character? Must be a character flaw of mine. I rooted like heck for her and chances are would have seen one of her band's shows instead of Georgia's. John Doe (from the band X) also does a great job acting in this one. Memorable scene was when a messed up on Nyquil Sadie is carried up the stares by Bobby (Doe) and taken care of. "Shut up Sadie," he says repeatedly and then dumps her in the tub. Interesting flick, not a five because Sadie didn't succeed or die.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very brave film with some amazingly good scenes October 26, 2004
This is a very brave film indeed because it tackles a theme that is horribly familiar, and yet not often discussed.

The theme is failure, and the reason for that failure is the most horrifying one of all - no talent.

Better by far to fail through bad luck, or being cheated, or simple bad timing!

But it's failure that's the horrible reality faced by Sadie (Jennifer Jason Leigh), one of life's triers who simply hasn't got enough talent to make it as even a semi-pro singer, let alone the big star that is her elder sister Georgia (Mare Winningham).

Now seeing someone untalented refuse to face that reality (even though they are aware of it) and sink into a mire of drugs and even more delusions isn't the most cheerful evening you'll ever have. But the film is redeemed by some rather lovely music, and some great, really great acting by Jason Lee.

Winningham sings beautifully and plays her part with a slightly aloof sympathy that is utterly convincing for someone who is a major star, relatively grounded, but who left the grubby realities of "normal" life behind her many years before.

But the film really belongs to Jason Leigh - an amazingly sustained piece of acting achieves that seemless quality when you forget you're watching acting at all - Sadie becomes as real as one of your troubled friends at high school, with the same mixture of charm and irritation.

Georgia isn't perfect by a long way. The script has excellent dialogue but a meandering, rather lost sort of plot. Like many films of the 90s, it's half an hour too long. The supporting cast are excellent, but don't have too much to do. Visually the scenes are competantly shot, but there are few great images that directors such as Kuburick produce at will.

But Georgia remains as brave a film as it's heroine - no trite ending here, no homilies, no saving grace.

Thoughtful viewers are in for a treat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de Force for Ms Leigh
If you're a Jennifer Jason Leigh fan and remember Fast Times at Ridgewood High and you're over 60...or maybe 50... you will love this!
Published 10 months ago by billonline
3.0 out of 5 stars Check the date on movies before you rent!
It wasn't a bad movie. I'm a fan of both stars but didn't realize it was so old....It's an age old story that could still be relevant today but then because it's an age old story... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kathryn M Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Georgia rules...
Friends of mine have often told me that Jennifer Jason Leigh was one of the greatest actresses to lack an Oscar nomination and I personally have found the statement laughable. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Andrew Ellington
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
I have been a great fan of this movie for many years and just recently had the opportunity to purchase it and now I can watch it whenever I want. Read more
Published on October 30, 2008 by Rebecca Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is one of my favorite movies.

Sadie Flood wants fame and, just as important, approval by her older sister, Georgia. Read more
Published on June 14, 2007 by bookcat1962
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious film, Leigh's character is awful
I did not like this movie at all. It was tedious getting through the entire film. I am a fan of Jennifer Jason Leigh, but the character she was portraying was awful. Read more
Published on August 8, 2006 by M. Lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
Firsly this film is def worth buying. The music is really gritty and haunting. Also have the soundtrack JJL has a great voice. Read more
Published on August 9, 2005 by Kevin Chesters
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheers!
Sadie wants to sing. She has heart & guts & warmth & a sense of humor, but due to lack of discipline & maybe even talent, she doesn't cut it. Read more
Published on July 27, 2005 by khense
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst movie I've ever seen
One of my college professors mandated that the class watch this nonsensical, pointless, train-wreck of a movie. Read more
Published on May 5, 2005 by Maria Kirkman
3.0 out of 5 stars A realistic tale of sorrow
Very good performances on a story that is quite depressing and will make you wonder about some loose ends. Read more
Published on August 21, 2003 by Anemos62
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