Wayward Son

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Wayward Son
Wayward Son movieposter.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Randall Harris
Produced by Cary Brokaw
Written by Randall Harris
Starring Harry Connick, Jr.,
Pete Postlethwaite
Music by James Newton Howard,
Steve Porcaro
Distributed by Avenue Pictures
No US distributor
Release dates September 14, 1999
Running time 96 min
Language English
Budget $7.7 million [1]

Wayward Son (1999) is an American film drama about justice and redemption in rural Georgia during the Great Depression, starring Harry Connick, Jr. and Pete Postlethwaite.

Plot[edit]

The movie tells the story of a southern man, Jesse Banks Rhodes (Harry Connick, Jr.), who is released from a prison work camp in Louisiana, 1936, after being wrongly imprisoned for eleven years. He heads back to Georgia, only to find that most people are keen to keep him down. He begins working for a plantation owner (Walton Goggins) and rents a shed from a farmer (Pete Postlethwaite) with two daughters (Patricia Clarkson and Vinessa Shaw). After witnessing the murder of a black worker at the hands of a drunken white racist boss, Jesse is forced to prove his innocence, so injustice will not happen again.

Settings[edit]

Production of the film began Oct. 26, 1998 in Nashville. [2] The movie was filmed at various locations in Georgia including Mansfield and the Southeastern Railway Museum.

Cast[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Wayward Son was first called Letters From a Wayward Son.
  • Patricia Clarkson and Vinessa Shaw's roles as Wesley and Cordelia, had reportedly been designated for Embeth Davidtz and Tara Reid.
  • Screened at the Toronto Film Festival in September 1999.
  • Produced by: Cary Brokaw/Avenue Pictures Productions [5], Maccabee Productions, Steve Tisch Company
  • International rights will be licensed by Arthur Kananack & Associates (AKA Movies) [6]
  • This movie was delisted at $0 on April 29, 2002 since the stock was wrapped, but had no distribution.
  • Letters From A Wayward Son, Wayward Son Productions [7] 1998: Budget $4.5 million [8]
  • An interview where the director Randall Harris discusses the film with Harry Connick Jr., including a few clips from the movie are featured at the Film-Fest: Issue 3 - Toronto DVD. [9]
  • Animal Actors [10] supplied talent on horseback, horses, mules, rattlesnakes, bloodhounds, and German shepherds.

Awards and nominations[edit]

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