American Pastoral

Synopsis: Seymour Levov, going by the nickname of 'Swede' in the Jewish community he was born into, was even more of an all-American than Douglas Fairbanks himself. He had just everything an American idol can dream of: not only was the tall muscular young man a high school star athlete but he married a beauty queen named Dawn in the bargain. And as if all this were not enough, Swede later became the successful manager of the glove factory his father had founded, which allowed him to live with his wife in a beautiful house in the New Jersey countryside. Well-mannered, always bright, smiling and positive, conservative but with a liberal edge, what bad could ever happen to him? And yet...this was reckoning without fate and its obnoxious irony, Swede and Dawn's nemesis manifesting itself in the person of Merry, their beloved daughter who in her teens unexpectedly turned into a violent activist.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Ewan McGregor
Production: Lakeshore Entertainment
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

But he popped up

and dusted himself off.

And as he trotted by,

he turned, uh...

he turned to me,

his brother's friend.

I mean, I was a nobody,

and he said...

"Basketball was never like this, Skip."

[faint echo]

Yeah. Yeah, that's right.

He called me Skip.

My brother's dead.

That's why I, uh, came up from Florida,

for his funeral.

Not for this reunion thing.

The... the Swede is...

Just a sweetheart whose fate

was to get himself fucked over

by some real crazies.

My brother, the best you're

going to get in this country,

got caught in a war

he didn't start.


[stammering] I have no idea

what you're talking about.

No? You don't know?

Were you alive during the '60s?

Well, I wasn't here.

I was... you know...

I was out of country

for most of the '60s.

Oh, I guess you're

the last person to hear, huh?

The famous writer,

the last one to hear the big story.

What is it, then,

th... this big story?

Well, you know he and Dawn had a kid.

You wrote to me

after she was born.

Adorable when she was little.

So, she had a stutter, that was nothing.

To hell with that.

But then Merry got older

and when she did...

I told him. I told him,

"Let her go.

Otherwise, it will rot your gut

and take your life, too."

But... he couldn't.

And now I'm burying my brother.

She was a good kid...

[voice fades into background]

[Nathan] Jerry was correct.

Here I was, the famous writer,

the last one to know the story.

But now I wanted all of it.

I wanted to hear what had become

of the young man

from whom we had expected everything.

Our hero.

Our Kennedy.

[Merry] Grandpa.

- [stuttering] Grandpa.

- Yes, Merry, what?

Lady Jane's going to have

a calf, grandpa.

I hope it's a heifer.

What's a heifer, sweetheart?

You're talking to a guy from Newark.

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Philip Roth

Philip Milton Roth (March 19, 1933 – May 22, 2018) was an American novelist and short-story writer. Roth's fiction, regularly set in his birthplace of Newark, New Jersey, is known for its intensely autobiographical character, for philosophically and formally blurring the distinction between reality and fiction, for its "sensual, ingenious style" and for its provocative explorations of American identity.Roth first gained attention with the 1959 novella Goodbye, Columbus, for which he received the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. He became one of the most awarded American writers of his generation. His books twice received the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle award, and three times the PEN/Faulkner Award. He received a Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 novel American Pastoral, which featured one of his best-known characters, Nathan Zuckerman, a character in many of Roth's novels. The Human Stain (2000), another Zuckerman novel, was awarded the United Kingdom's WH Smith Literary Award for the best book of the year. In 2001, in Prague, Roth received the inaugural Franz Kafka Prize. more…

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