White Oleander

White Oleander

Director: Peter Kosminsky Cast: Alison Lohman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright


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The Oprah Book Club best-seller by Janet Fitch makes it to the big screen in this adaptation from British director Peter Kosminsky. White Oleander recounts the traumatic adolescence of Astrid Magnusson (Alison Lohman), who finds herself an orphan after her short-fused, enigmatic artist mother Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) is carted off to prison on murder charges. Astrid first finds herself in the care of Starr (Robin Wright Penn), a garish, born-again mother of two with a gruff but sensitive boyfriend (Cole Hauser). From there, she's shunted back to a state-run facility, where she tangles with other troubled teens and finds temporary solace in the arms of Paul (Patrick Fugit), a dough-faced comic book artist with dreams of moving to New York City. Astrid then lucks into a living arrangement with a successful but insecure actress (Renee Zellweger) who offers her unconditional love. But Ingrid's stifling influence continues to haunt her daughter, whether through the occasional prison visit or via manipulative letters to Astrid's caretakers. White Oleander received a Gala North American premiere at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival before reaching multiplexes later that fall.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2003
UPC: 0085392329724
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG-13
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:49:00

Special Features

Feature-length commentary by director Peter Kosminsky, producer John Wells and original novel author Janet Fitch.; Enthralling additional scenes; 2 behind-the-scenes visits with the cast & creators: The Journey of White Oleander and The Making of White Oleander; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Cast/director/writer film highlights; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alison Lohman Astrid Magnussen
Michelle Pfeiffer Ingrid Magnussen
Robin Wright Starr
Renée Zellweger Claire Richards
Billy Connolly Barry Kolker
Svetlana Efremova Rena
Patrick Fugit Paul Trout
Cole Hauser Ray
Noah Wyle Ron Richards
Amy Aquino Miss Martinez
Marc Donato Davey
James Lashly Reverend Daniels
Taryn Manning Nikki
Kali Rocha Susan Valeris
Stephen Root Michael
Liz Stauber Carolee
John Billingsley Paramedic
Elisa Bocanegra Girl in Fight
Darlene Bohorquez Prisoner
Solomon Burke Guard
Scott Allan Campbell Bill Greenway
Sam Catlin Teacher
Debra Christofferson Marlena
Vernon Haas Guard
Sean Happy Dirt Bike Boyfriend
Leila Kenzle Ann Greenway
Cathy Ladman Swap Meet Mother
Drinda La Lumia Patty
Myra Lamar Detective
James W. Lee Prison Visitor
Daniel Mandehr Dad at Induction Area
DeVonda Manghane Guard at X-ray Machine
Melissa Marsala Julie
Melissa McCarthy Paramedic
Roger McIntyre Police Officer
Dallas McKinney Owen
Brian Mulligan Bailiff
Allison Munn Hannah
Jennifer Saxon Swap Meet Daughter
Samantha Shelton Yvonne
Mark Soper Patrick
Carl Sundstrom Police Officer
Kimo Wills Comic Book Store Clerk
Biff Yeager Judge

Technical Credits
Peter Kosminsky Director
Debra Baum Musical Direction/Supervision
Thomas Betts Set Decoration/Design
Steve Bowerman Sound/Sound Designer
Donald Graham Burt Production Designer
Stacy Cohen Executive Producer
Elliot Davis Cinematographer
Susie de Santo Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Agnes Donoghue Screenwriter
Bryony Foster Set Decoration/Design
E.K. Gaylord Executive Producer
Kristin Harms Executive Producer
Ann Kline Musical Direction/Supervision
Ellen Lewis Casting
Hunt Lowry Producer
Patrick Markey Executive Producer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Kaaren F. Ochoa Asst. Director
Ilyse A. Reutlinger Associate Producer
Chris Ridsdale Editor
Earl Rose Score Composer
Tony Stabley Art Director
Tracy Underwood Associate Producer
John Wells Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Working Back (Credits) [2:34]
2. Feeling the Wind [3:03]
3. Barry [5:18]
4. Arrested [1:57]
5. Starr and Ray [3:52]
6. Both in Prison [3:44]
7. Knowing Things [3:57]
8. The Enemy [5:17]
9. Hard Getting Older [4:32]
10. Breaking Point [6:08]
11. Mutual Threats [2:24]
12. Not Interested in Paul [3:57]
13. Runaway Artists [5:05]
14. Question of Happiness [3:00]
15. Claire [1:28]
16. How's She Doing? [3:05]
17. Love Humiliates You [5:37]
18. Broken People [5:57]
19. Poisoned With Words [4:09]
20. Two Choices [3:13]
21. Rena [2:54]
22. Their Project [2:35]
23. Propositions [2:30]
24. Trade for the Truth [4:10]
25. Price of Belonging [3:56]
26. Held Close and Left Alone [5:15]
27. Secret Wanting [3:56]
28. End Credits (Safe and Sound) [2:00]

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White Oleander 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Dizzietese More than 1 year ago
My biological mother made me watch this movie with her shortly after she got out of prison. She didn't go to prison for the same thing but the movie was closely related to how my life went after she was taken. I read the book a few months ago and fell in love with it and the movie all over. I am suggesting you read the book. Its more detailed and a lot more emotional. I am in college and taking a Psychology class and our teach has assigned us to bring in one movie each of human behavior and growth. This is the movie I chose. I recommend this movie to anyone and everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie simply make Alison Lohmam into the movies. I haven't see her in other movies that top this one though. I enjoy seeing her art work as her salvation and her sweet tender romance unfold inmidst of the mother and foster home situation. I would high recommend the book the writing is so beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen the movie and just finished reading the book. I urge you to read the book and then watch the movie again. The book is much more detailed, of course, but they did a wonderful job converting the book into the movie. A story that seems true to many foster children. Great writing and eloquent use of words. A must see and must read!
NicNicz More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie when I was having a really hard time getting a long with my mother. This movie has a special place in my heart and always will. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys an emotional and intellectual roller coaster.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I usually find book adapted movies to be an insult to the book itself, I found this movie to be an exception. Michelle Pfeifer and Alison Lohman could have never done any better than this. This is a true movie, and I am amazed at the extraordinary research that made this so true to life. With so many movies copying previous ones it is a great change of scenes. There has never before been a movie depicting the life of a foster child nor the deep and complex relationship between a mother and child. You have to see it to believe it.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
It was hard to watch at times but was still a good movie. Good performances though.
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Alison Lohman is brilliant in this film, so is Ms. Pfeifer. The harsh reality, which is life itself, that Lohman's character had to go through is sheer pain and pure love at the same time... the movie painted a surreal way of perception.. of being loved, of life and it's ironies. indeed , if we can only create our own perfect world in a suitcase then life would be managable. a must see.
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