Bastard Out of Carolina

Synopsis: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as her last chance.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Anjelica Huston
Production: Winstar
  Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 17 nominations.
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98 min

No matter how hard I try,

I still can't get away from it.

One soft-talking,

black-eyed man fixed that.

He set a mark on me.

And set a mark on you.

Don't you worry, Bone.

You've got me now, and I've got you.

We'll stick together, the two of us.

Let's go see Mama.

Why thank-you, Earle.

My pleasure, Judy.

Hey hey, how's my little sweetie-pie?

Sweet as ever

You watch yourself, that's

my sister you're talking about.

I just don't understand

why you don't let me go with you.

I could pretend that I'm her Daddy.

- In a courthouse?!

- Yeah.

Come on, Earle, with all the

deputies and sheriffs hanging around?

Fresh out of the county farm for

shooting up your brother-in-law's Chevy,

you think they won't know

who you are?

You got kids running around Greenville

County, but Bone ain't one of them.


Here we go,

you're going over to Mama.

Here we go, Bone.

You put on a good show for Mama.

Let me see if I heard you correctly.

You said you want this fixed?

That's right, I was there

and really it was my fault.

I couldn't find her husband. And there was

so much excitement I just got confused.

Just very confused...

what with Anney here all bloody looking

like she was dead to the world.

She went right through

that windshield, you know.

Nine months gone, imagine that.

There were people hollering, running

around, screaming and, well...

We just thank the good Lord

she's still here with us today.

You know how these things can happen.

I do. I certainly do.

You shouldn't have swung at him,

Ruth, it didn't help.

I've got us a man, Bone.

A real man.

He's handsome and kind, hard-working.

He's going to take care of us girls,

I know he will.

So you wish me luck, sweetie.

OK, good luck.


- Thank-you ma'am.

- Thanks, Mama!

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Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison (born April 11, 1949) is an American writer from South Carolina whose writing expresses themes of class struggle, sexual abuse, child abuse, feminism and lesbianism. She is a self-identified lesbian femme. She has won a number of awards for her writing, including several Lambda Literary Awards. In 2014, Allison was elected to membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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