Billy Bob Thornton directs, co-writes and stars in Jayne Mansfield’s Car, a period drama set in 1969. Looks charming enough, with an impressive cast that includes Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon and John Hurt.
Alabama in 1969. Jim Caldwell has just learned of his ex-wife’s death. Many years ago, she left him and their three children for an Englishman. Now, her bereaved husband and her two children from this marriage have come to America to fulfil the deceased’s last wish to be buried in the land of her birth. This brings together the two fathers and the half-brothers and sisters. Jim is a typical member of an authoritarian generation who has been a fair if undemonstrative father to his children. Not only does he have to cope with the escapades of his two sons – one a wounded Vietnam veteran obsessed with his collection of cars and the other a drugged-up anti-war protester – he also has to put up with his uninvited British guests. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival]
Starring Kevin Bacon, Shawnee Smith, Ray Stevenson, John Hurt, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Patrick, Katherine LaNasa, Frances O’Connor, Tippi Hedren, Marshall Allman, John Patrick Amedori, Brent Briscoe, Carissa Capobianco and Ron White.
ETA: Available on demand August 20 and in selected U.S. theaters September 13.