Anywhere but Here (film)

Anywhere but Here (film)

Infobox Film
name = Anywhere but Here

imdb_id = 0149691
writer = Mona Simpson (novel)
Alvin Sargent (screenplay)
starring = Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman
director = Wayne Wang
producer = Laurence Mark
distributor = 20th Century Fox
released = November 12 1999 (USA)
runtime = 109 min.
language = English
music =Danny Elfman
awards =

"Anywhere but Here" is a 1999 drama film. The film is based on the novel by Mona Simpson, the screenplay was written by Alvin Sargent and directed by Wayne Wang. It was produced by Laurence Mark, Petra Alexandria and Ginny Nugent. It stars Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman as well as Ray Baker, Shawn Hatosy, Caroline Aaron, Corbin Allred, Michael Milhoan and John Carroll Lynch.

The story, by Mona Simpson, bears some similarities to Simpson's own youth, as a young Wisconsin girl who moves west to California with her divorcee mother, Joanne, although Simpson denies any literal ties.

Filming began in late June 1998 and it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival on September 17 in 1999, before being released on November 12.


Adele August (Susan Sarandon) is an eccentric woman who leaves a small Wisconsin town and goes to Beverly Hills to realize her dreams, even though she may not know what those dreams are herself. Adele is confused and always trying to make the easy way out. She buys things she can't afford and her daughter is upset when she does this. She takes her reluctant daughter, Ann (Natalie Portman), with her. When living in Beverly Hills, Adele improvises from day to day, often being unable to pay the bills. She wants her daughter to become an actress, but Ann is much more interested in going away to Brown University. After Adele fails in many respects, she accepts her daughter's plans and decides to help her.

Filming locations

* Beverly Hills High School, Beverly Hills, California, United States
* Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, Beverly Hills, California, United States
* Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California, United States
* Los Angeles, California, United States
* Westwood Village, Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States


A soundtrack to the film was released on November 2, 1999, ten days before the release of the film into theatres. The soundtrack was distributed by Atlantic and Wea.

The soundtrack features original music by Lisa Loeb, Danny Elfman and k.d. lang. It also featured tracks by artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Sarah McLachlan, Pocket Size as well as other various artists.

Awards and nominations

Golden Globe Awards
* Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Natalie Portman Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards
* Nominated - Best Contemporary Hair Styling (Feature) - Paul LeBlancYoung Artist Awards
* Nominated - Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress - Natalie Portman


External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Media samples] at FOX moviesResources
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* [ "Anywhere but Here"] at
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* [ Media collection (one)] at
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* [ "Anywhere but Here" trailer] at

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