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Jayne Mansfield's Car [Blu-ray] (2012)

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  • Writers: Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: December 10, 2013
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F6422M4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,907 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

In what critics are calling his best work as writer/director since Slingblade, Academy Awards winner Billy Bob Thornton stars – along with Oscar’s winner Robert Duvall, two-time Oscar nominee John Hurt and Golden Globe winner Kevin Bacon – in this story of fathers and sons, wars and peace, and the turbulent time that changed America forever. It’s 1969 in a small Alabama town, and the death of a quirky clan’s long-estranged wife and mother brings together two very different families for the funeral. But do the scars of the past hide differences that will tear them apart or expose truths that could lead to the most unexpected collisions of all? Robert Patrick (Walk the Line), Ray Stevenson (Dexter), Katherine LaNasa (Deception) and Frances O’Connor (The Hunter) co-star in the acclaimed comedy/drama that TwitchFilm calls “A perfect film for a lazy summer day with near-perfect performances across the board!”

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Cow, It's Got Ron White! August 27, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
So different from Sling Blade that you might never have realized it's Thornton again. This is as good as Sling Blade, but has a completely different perspective and much more complexity. The writers certainly exhibit an intimate knowledge of the South during this era. Duvall is wonderfully crusty and eccentric, and John Hurt provides a perfect foil. Ron White nails his performance, effectively pillorying the people he enjoys caricaturing the most. There's a lot going on in this film, and I found it to be intelligent and engrossing. Well, Thornton's no one trick pony, that much is certain.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Performances November 22, 2013
Format:DVD
JAYNE MANSFIELD'S CAR is a film filled with many pleasures, including a host of brilliant performances and an uncanny recreation of a past time and place.

Set in 1969 rural Alabama, the multi-character story deals, in part, with how different generations of a family deal with the experience of war. In this case, it’s the wealthy, dysfunctional Caldwell clan, headed by Robert Duvall, a WWI vet, father of three sons (Robert Patrick, Kevin Bacon and Billy Bob Thornton) and a daughter (Katherine LaNasa).
The three brothers are still suffering, in different ways, from their experiences during WWII, while the daughter is trapped in a marriage with two daughters and a boorish husband.

The death of Duvall’s long estranged wife and the children’s mother forces many unspoken truths into the open. The deceased woman’s second husband (John Hurt) and his two grown kids (Ray Stevenson, Frances O’Connor) by his first wife travel from their home in England to attend her burial in her Alabama. This family has its own dysfunctional elements that spark unexpected collisions, some of them romantic, with and within the Caldwell clan.

More of a black comedy rather than a straight drama, JAYNE MANSFIELD'S CAR was co-written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton. Unfortunately, the parts (e.g. performances, individual scenes) are more effective than the film as a whole, which runs far too long and can’t really decide on an ending. Although all of the actors are superb and their scenes are well written, the overall movie might have been better served without such an abundance of intriguing characters. By eliminating three or four of them, Thornton would have wound up with a tighter, less meandering picture.

The problem is: Which characters do you cut?

The Blu-Ray disc from Anchor Bay Entertainment contains a “Behind the Scenes” featurette.

© Michael B. Druxman
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By thedre
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
Don't miss this one. Takes it to the edge. It never lagged. It gave me space to feel, and some surprising characters extremely well thought out. If you like a writers movie, that maintains variety and steers clear of the kind of melodrama one dreads, then check this out. Radiant work by everyone, and life affirming. A lot of heart in this film. The good stuff. Billy Bob Thornton always brings the goods, either in his acting or his choice of story. I take the time to see what he's up to. So did a lot of great actors in this too....
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! August 27, 2013
By Matijow
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
A blast from the past dysfunctional family film. Great story line with strong acting. This film reminded me of my family and growing up in the sixties.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
JAYNE MANSFIELD'S CAR (Writ./Dir. Billy Bob Thornton, 2012, 123 minutes) ~

One thing to say about this refreshing dark comedy right off the bat is that it deals with generations we have mostly forgotten. This film concentrates on a wealthy Alabama family, with the patriarch (Robert Duvall) a WWI vet and his three sons veterans of WWII. The year is 1969 and his two sons who saw combat (Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Bacon) remain extremely close while the son who did not see WWII combat sits sourly at home, living with his father as does Billy Bob.

The "hippy" son, Kevin Bacon, has a fine mansion of his own where he and all his WWII vet buddies smoke dope and drop acid all night--and for all the world they are like our generation of Vietnam vets, protesting the war (which those WWII vets originally started). But the big hit comes with news of the family mother's death. Having left the family and run off to England, she returned only to obtain a divorce. The story picks up when the family is notified that she has died of cancer--and her English family honors her wish to be returned to and buried in Alabama.

Thornton, it is sad to say, has relatively unknown or lousy writing and directing credits. This, for a change, is a true masterpiece. While I anticipated what a stuffy little English family would be like in the climactically hostile environs of the South, I totally forgot the WWII vets' generation and horrors they suffered. Within this film, Thornton reminds us that the parents of that generation fought WWI and were equally affected.

Finally he squeezes in a message about how the innocent young third generation will go off to fight in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non traditional enjoyable tale September 25, 2013
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Jayne Mansfield's Car has a mix of laughs and drama, and captures a family portrait in a historical setting. I really enjoyed this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Billy Bob Thornton, co-wrote, directed, and acts in this depiction of a military family during 1969 in Morrison Alabama. A character study, of sorts, about the diverse ways each of the family members considers their present day lives through the looking glass of their individual pasts, mainly their time spent in the military. The vast differences shown in these people culminate in the death of Naomi. She was the mother of the three boys, Jimbo (Robert Patrick) an Army man not seeing in any combat, Skip (Billy Bob Thornton) a Navy man, Carroll (Kevin Bacon) a Marine and now Vietnam protester, and daughter, Donna (Katherine LaNasa). Also included in the cast is Donna's husband, Neal (Ron White). He adds realistic comic relief into this dark, or darkly comedic, look into dysfunctional family life after having returned home from the wars (WWI and WWII). That isn't to say that this movie does not have its lighter moments as there are plenty.

Naomi's ex-husband, Jim Caldwell (Robert Duvall), was not the sort of person that could give her what she needed. He is very short on patience, emotion, or the display of it, and certainly, tolerance. While she needed so much more in her life, she divorced him and moved on to remarry Kingsley Bedford (John Hurt) in England and continue her life there with his family, Phillip (Ray Stevenson) and Camilla (Francis O'Connor). Jim and Naomi's relationship isn't shown, but is spoken of often. Jim remained in Alabama raising their children to adulthood and watched them each head off into one or another part of military service. All three of the sons, along with their father, differ in their personal conclusions of wartime except for knowing that it equally changed their opinions of life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars How could you go wrong?
Saw this movie in the Redbox - I'd never heard of it before. Sure had lots of talent; Robert Duvall can make just about any movie watchable for me. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Marty R. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for Everybody, but I loved it.
I thought this was a really interesting movie. Echoes of World War II (and even a bit of WW I) in the Vietnam era. A couple of scenes were a little over the top (e.g. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Daniel B. Yoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert DuVall
You can't get enough Of Robert Duvall he is a dandy. I laughed all through this movie and it is 1 I'll watch over again. Billy Bob does a great job also. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dakota Springs
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Good quirkey movie with good acting and actors. Too much GDing that was not necessary and did not add to the movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Liz Wall
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Amazing cast!
Very wacky story, funny, tragic, sexy and very left of centre.

Typical Southern states plus English characters with a 1969 and war memories... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike Westgate
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Billy Bob's best.
As good of a story as Slingblade.You can't go wrong with Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Ron White, and Kevin Bacon.One of Bacon's best performances. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kilroy
2.0 out of 5 stars The cast lured me in but the story wasn't much to write home about
I figured with these actors set in the south during the turbulent late 60's, this film was a no brainer. Pass. I found it pretty boring. Read more
Published 3 months ago by silk cowboy
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars... The long shadows of WWII
"Jayne Mansfield's Car" (2012 release; 122 min.) brings the story of two families, one American, one British, who seemingly couldn't be further apart. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul Allaer
1.0 out of 5 stars SO COMPLEX IT PUT ME TO SLEEP
Where was the car? I wish the car had told the story. Never have seen Kevin Bacon give a bad performance, so either me or the director were a miss on this. Where was the car? Read more
Published 3 months ago by STRAIGHT BUT NOT NARROW
4.0 out of 5 stars Carroll Caldwell: "I spent my whole childhood just trying to be...
JAYNE MANSFIELD'S CAR (USA/Russia-2012) stars Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Billy Bob Thornton (who also scripted and directed), Robert Patrick and Kevin Bacon, with small roles for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Annie Van Auken
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