As I Lay Dying

Synopsis: Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): James Franco
Production: Millennium Entertainment
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

My father used to say that the

reason for living

was to get ready to stay dead a

long time.

Where Jewel?

I asked you where Jewel at?

Down at the barn, harnessing the


Probably down there fooling with

that damn horse.

Come here, sir.

Come here.

Dinner time.

Come on.

Come on, eat it up.

Get that goddamn stuff out of

sight while you still got a


Pussel-gutted bastard.

Sweet son of a b*tch.


You ready?

Yeah, if you're all hitched up.

You wait. If she don't last till

you get back, she gonna be


I gave her my word we'd keep the

team here and ready, in case she


Ma ain't that sick.

That's right.

She been acting more herself

today than all week.

Yeah, well, you ought to know.

Been coming around here often

enough looking at her.

You and your folk all neighbor


Shut up, Jewel.

If everybody wasn't burning hell

to get it done already, huh?

With Cash under that window all

day long!


and hammering...

It was her wish.

She wanted to know it were her

own blood sawed the boards and

drove the nails.

Just like she want to go in our

own wagon.

We will be beholden to no man,

me and her.

It means three dollars. You want

us to go or not?

I'm a luckless man.

It fixing up to rain.

Be back by sundown.


Well, come on!

By sundown, you hear?

I would not keep her waiting!

What do you want, Darl?

She gonna die before we get


Then why you going?

It means three dollars.

Why take Jewel? You know he will

never forgive you.

She'll want to get started right


It's far enough to Jefferson at


Well, the road's good now.

For now. We'll see once the rain


Funny how things work. Addie's


gotta be buried a day's hard

ride from here.

Shame you can't just go to your

folks' ground in New Hope not

but three miles away.

They'll be back in plenty of

time. I wouldn't worry none.

Might be won't be no needs to

rush no ways.

I hope it.

She's going.

Her mind is set on it.

The Lord giveth

The Lord giveth

What you got there, boy, a hog?

Where you find that?

Down at the bridge.

You aim to leave it there?

I aim to show it to Ma.

You clean that fish.

Can't Dewey Dell clean it?

You clean it.

How, Pa?

You clean it.

Go on now!

It's bigger than him.



Takes two people to make it...

one people to die.

You know she's gonna die, don't


That's how the world will end.

Which two made you two?

She's gonna die, Jewel, your


Our mother.

Addie Bundren's gonna die.

Just... breathe easy.

Why didn't you call me sooner?

Well, it was just one thing and

then another.

That ere corn me and the boys

was hoping to get up with.

Dewey Dell was taking such good

care of her.

Folks was stopping by offering

to help and such.

I just...

Damnit, Anse.

She's a' going, is she?

I knowed it.

I knowed her mind was set on it.


You better go quick.


Wheel's stuck in the ditch!


It's Jewel she wants.

Why, Addie, him and Darl went to

make one more load.

They thought there was time,

that you would wait for them.

And that's three dollar and


Ma. Ma!


Get it up. Get it up.

You got it? You got it?

A little more. A little more!

Hold on.

You're on?

Yeah, I think so.

All right, hold it.

All right. Get that bolt.

You know she dead, Jewel.

You know that, right? Addie

Bundren's dead?

Just shut up! Shut up!

Just shut your mouth!

She's gone.

She's taken and left us.

How nigh are you done?

I reckon you better get back at


You're gonna have to do the best

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James Franco

James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor, filmmaker, and college instructor. For his role in 127 Hours (2010), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Franco is known for his roles in live-action films such as Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), Milk (2008), Pineapple Express (2008), Eat, Pray, Love (2010), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Spring Breakers (2012), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), This Is the End (2013), and The Disaster Artist (2017), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He is known for his collaborations with fellow actor Seth Rogen, having appeared in eight films and one television series with him. Franco is also known for his work on television; his first prominent acting role was the character Daniel Desario on the short-lived ensemble comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), which developed a cult following. He also portrayed the title character in the television biographical film James Dean (2001), for which he won a Golden Globe Award. Franco had a recurring role on the soap opera General Hospital (2009–2012) and starred in the limited series 11.22.63 (2016). He also stars in the David Simon created HBO drama The Deuce (2017–present). Franco volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity, and has also taught film classes at New York University, the University of Southern California, UCLA, Studio 4, Palo Alto High School, and Playhouse West. Several of his former students from Studio 4 and Playhouse West have stated that Franco had behaved in inappropriate or sexually exploitative ways while serving as their teacher. more…

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