Bastard Out of Carolina
Character: Narrator (voice)
Directed by: Anjelica Huston
Written by: Anne Meredith
Produced by: Amanda DiGiulio
Other cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ron Eldard, Glenne Headly
Release date: December 15, 1996
Genre: Drama
Running time: 1h 38min

Anney, a poor single mother from the rural South, struggles to raise her young daughter, Bone. They seem to find happiness when Anney marries a kindly man named Lyle who treats Bone like his own child. However, after Lyle is killed in an automobile accident, Anney remarries to the hotheaded Glen, who abuses Bone physically and sexually, and begins to tear the once tight-knit family apart.


The day I was born started off bad and only got worse. I guess I was lucky I got born at all.

I lived in a world of shame. I hid my bruises as if they were evidence of crimes I had committed. I didn’t tell Mama. I couldn’t tell Mama.

“People pay for what they do, and still more for what they allow themselves to become. And they pay for it simply; by the lives they lead.” James Baldwin.

Who had mama been? What had she wanted to be or do before I was born? Once I was born her hopes turned, and I climbed up her life like a flower reaching for the sun. Her life had folded into mine. Who would I be when I was 15, 20, 30? Would I be as strong as she had been? As hungry for love? As desperate, determined and ashamed? I wasn’t old but I was already who I was gonna be. Someone like her, like my mama, a Boatwright, a bastard, a bastard out of Carolina.