- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 15, 2000
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Miramax Lionsgate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 11/30/1995
"...Jennifer Jason Leigh gives the performance of her career....GEORGIA is Leigh's high-wire act, and her fierce, funny, exasperating and deeply affecting portrayal commands attention..."
USA Today - 12/08/1995
"...GEORGIA is a small gift to treasure..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 07/26/1996
"...Captures with remarkable aptitude the state of being chronically messed up....A lot of soul." -- Rating: B+
Variety - 05/22/1995
"...An intense study of sibling rivalry....GEORGIA excels at the expression of painfully unresolvable family conflicts....[With] two exceedingly well-written characters, splendidly realized..."
Film Comment - 11/01/1995
"...It stays with you....[The performances] are redemptive barings of a soul in pain, a soul in art..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/08/1995
"...[A] beautifully realistic film....In the American independent arena, it outperforms everything in sight..."
A pair of sisters--one a strung-out, would-be rock star with more drive than talent and the other a wildly successful folk rock singer--struggle with their differences in this well-textured drama. Seattle's music scene provides the setting for the musical performances, all of which were recorded live.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Critics everywhere raved about this motion picture and its outstanding stars, Jennifer Jason Leigh (SINGLE WHITE FEMALE, RUSH) and Academy Award(R)-nominee Mare Winningham. It's the story of two sisters -- one talented, the other passionate -- and the rivalry that binds them together. Sadie (Leigh) is a rebel who aspires to rock stardom while her sister, Georgia (Winningham), is a gifted and already successful musician. Sadie -- unwilling to give up her dreams -- struggles to make a name for herself in the shadow of her talented sister. Acclaimed as one of the year's 10 best films -- you'll find this powerful story of ambition and rock 'n' roll dreams absolutely riveting!
A tale of intense sibling rivalry between two sisters who are also both singers. Georgia is a happy, popular and successful folk singer, who's self-assured enough to place her husband and kids before her career. In stark contrast, her younger sibling Sadie is an angry, untalented, childish, substance-abusing punk rocker. Sadie is obsessively jealous of her sister's fame and home life, so Georgia wants as little to do with her as humanly possible.
After a particularly horrific falling-out between the sisters, Georgia finally reaches the end of her rope. Now Sadie must find a way to make peace with both herself and her family -- before she completely self-destructs.
- Shown at the New York Film Festival on September 30 and October 1, 1995.
- Shown at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
- Color by Technicolor.
- Screenwriter/producer Barbara Turner is Jennifer Jason Leigh's mother. She wrote the script specifically for her daughter.
- Released theatrically in New York City and Los Angeles December 8, 1995, wide release in the USA January 1996.
- The film's music sequences were recorded live, including one in which Jennifer Jason Leigh performs an eight-and-a-half minute version of Van Morrison's 'Take Me Back' (in front of an audience of over 1,000 concert extras) that was shot in two takes.
- The film won the Best Picture award and Jennifer Jason Leigh won the best actress award at the 1995 Montreal Film Festival.
- Jennifer Jason Leigh was a runner-up for best actress of 1995 in voting by the National Society of Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
- Mare Winningham won an Independent Spirit Award for best supporting actress.