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Billy Bob Thornton's latest directorial effort, Jayne Mansfield's Car, gets a trailer

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Billy Bob Thornton is more often associated with acting rather than working behind the camera. I always forget he wrote and directed the excellent SLING BLADE, likely the best movie of his career. The only other directorial effort from Thornton is the movie DADDY AND ME. But, after 12 years since his last foray he is back with JAYNE MANSFIELD'S CAR.

The family drama features a phenomenal cast including Thornton, Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, John Hurt, Frances O'Connor, Robert Patrick, and Ray Stevenson. The movie reminds me of the trailer for AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY but with a lot more humor.

The film is set in 1969 Alabama, with three World War II vets, the Caldwell brothers (Thornton, Bacon and Patrick), and a World War I patriarch (Duvall) whose family is in a cultural clash with a London family that due to unforeseen circumstances, finds them in the Caldwell's town.

The trailer looks like a fun flick if not anything worth comparing to SLING BLADE but it does have a hell of a line-up of solid actors. Since it is premiering On Demand on August 20th, I may check it out. For everyone else it hits theaters on September 13th.

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6:48AM on 08/05/2013

Looks great.

Just wanted to point out how believable the accents are in this trailer. As someone who has lived in Alabama all my life, I was actually deliberately trying to see if I could nitpick some of the delivery, but it just sounded too natural. Well done.
Just wanted to point out how believable the accents are in this trailer. As someone who has lived in Alabama all my life, I was actually deliberately trying to see if I could nitpick some of the delivery, but it just sounded too natural. Well done.
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1:28AM on 08/04/2013

Ray Stevenson

I think the most interesting part in my opinion is seeing Ray Stevenson playing against type. We know he can be counted on to be a solid badass but I always felt he had a more dramatic side to his ability. That will probably be the main thing I will be looking for, other than that looks pretty generic. I feel like it will be a movie I enjoy when I see it but will have completely forgotten I had seen it 2 years later.
I think the most interesting part in my opinion is seeing Ray Stevenson playing against type. We know he can be counted on to be a solid badass but I always felt he had a more dramatic side to his ability. That will probably be the main thing I will be looking for, other than that looks pretty generic. I feel like it will be a movie I enjoy when I see it but will have completely forgotten I had seen it 2 years later.
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12:39PM on 08/03/2013
Been waiting for a long time for this movie. There was an international trailer about a year ago and then nothing. Between the cast and Thornton and Epperson reteaming as writers it's at least got me curious.
Been waiting for a long time for this movie. There was an international trailer about a year ago and then nothing. Between the cast and Thornton and Epperson reteaming as writers it's at least got me curious.
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1:00AM on 08/03/2013
"Torn apart. Driven together." - fantastic tagline!
"Torn apart. Driven together." - fantastic tagline!
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3:28PM on 08/02/2013

I oddly already saw this one back in march on a plane to Korea

Had never heard of it back then. Not a bad film. Not a great one either, but it has a great cast and every cast member gets a nice showcase scene. It's one of those perfect sunday afternoon films I'd say. By the way Thornton also directed All the Pretty Horses,. But it's hard to blame anyone for forgetting about that one, since it was a pretty forgettable film.
Had never heard of it back then. Not a bad film. Not a great one either, but it has a great cast and every cast member gets a nice showcase scene. It's one of those perfect sunday afternoon films I'd say. By the way Thornton also directed All the Pretty Horses,. But it's hard to blame anyone for forgetting about that one, since it was a pretty forgettable film.
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2:48PM on 08/02/2013
Looks terrific with a really good cast. It looks very Cohenesque.
Looks terrific with a really good cast. It looks very Cohenesque.
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