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Our Very Own
     

Our Very Own

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Director: Cameron Watson, Allison Janney, Keith Carradine, Cheryl Hines

Cast: Cameron Watson, Allison Janney, Keith Carradine, Cheryl Hines

 
The directing debut of actor Cameron Watson, Our Very Own chronicles the daily hopes and dreams of high schoolers and their parents in a small Tennessee town, circa 1978. Shelbyville is the real-life birthplace not only of Watson, who wrote the script from his own recollections, but also of actress Sondra Locke -- or as the townspeople know her, "our very own

Overview

The directing debut of actor Cameron Watson, Our Very Own chronicles the daily hopes and dreams of high schoolers and their parents in a small Tennessee town, circa 1978. Shelbyville is the real-life birthplace not only of Watson, who wrote the script from his own recollections, but also of actress Sondra Locke -- or as the townspeople know her, "our very own Sondra Locke." The events take place in the days leading up to the town's annual horse show, where it is rumored Locke will return as a special guest. Melora (Autumn Reeser) has dreams of following Locke's path to stardom from meager beginnings, and hopes to meet the actress to pick her brain/get discovered. Her best friend, Clancy (Jason Ritter), has enough real-world problems to worry about, between falling in love with Melora and watching his parents (Keith Carradine and Allison Janney) fight over their impending bankruptcy and his father's drinking problem. Their friends Ray (Derek Carter) and Bobbie (Hilarie Burton) just want to get a car to find something to do in Nashville, while musical theater aficionado Glen (Michael McKee) begins wondering if he is coming of age differently than his friends. As the town starts to buzz with the excitement of the festival, the characters must face the decisions that will affect their futures. Cheryl Hines and Beth Grant also appear in supporting performances. Janney was nominated for a 2005 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. ~ Derek Armstrong

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The opening shot of a dog riding atop the roof of a moving car -- a defining emblem of Shelbyville, TN -- may prepare viewers for another dose of the labored quirkiness that passes as indie hipsterism these days. But Our Very Own is more American Graffiti than Garden State, its eccentricities as small-scale as can be. In fact, Cameron Watson has made an almost squarely unhip film, full of earnest and life-sized characters. And it just so happens to be one of the most warmly nostalgic hidden treasures of 2005. Rarely has a film seemed so effortless at identifying the bread and butter of small-town teenage life, drawing up a world where everything feels like it will turn out okay, without that seeming like creative sugarcoating. Our Very Own doesn't shy away from the problems of folks carrying on the facade of normalcy after life has spun out of control; Keith Carradine's breadwinner (breadloser?) has truly been ravaged by life, and his boozing has no easy resolution. But since Our Very Own has its heart in the right place, the conflicts settle into place in a comfortable framework, with a tinge of optimism serving as a constant. Among the fresh-faced young actors, Autumn Reeser is most memorable as the kind of hopeful who really might trek across country, innocence intact, trying to make it as a star. Watson captures the feel of his town easily enough, shooting on the real location, but harnessing the era is another matter, accomplished using a dulled film stock that recalls techniques used in the 1970s. Plus, he's got a real sense of these people -- how they carry on humorously mundane conversations at the greasy spoon diner, and how they push each other in shopping carts as the main source of Friday-night entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2007
UPC:
0786936737134
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Allison Janney Joan Whitfield
Keith Carradine Billy Whitfield
Cheryl Hines Sally Crowder
Jason Ritter Clancy Whitfield
Beth Grant Virginia Kendal
Hilarie Burton Bobbie Chester
Faith Prince Athylene Tucker
Mary Badham Mrs. Nutbush
Autumn Reeser Melora Kendal
Derek Carter Ray Simms
Michael McKee Glen Tidwell
Amy Landers Rhonda Kendal
Dale Dickey Skillett
Allison Mackie Sheila Tidwell
T. Scott Cunningham Dr. Denny Dunwitty
Rhoda Griffis Fanny
Lisa Norman Millie Jo
Jayne Morgan Ray's Mother

Technical Credits
Cameron Watson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Brian Anton Editor
Autumn Reeser Choreography
Maggie Biggar Producer
John Blankenship Associate Producer
Roberto "Tito" Blasini Cinematographer
John Brace Casting
Nancy June Brandon Choreography
Steve Cubine Producer
Michael Finn Associate Producer
Michael Finn Associate Producer
Matthew Hamilton Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Jessup Asst. Director
Shannon McMahon Lichte Producer
Linda Lowy Casting
Michael McKee Choreography
Robert W. McLean Executive Producer
Michael Okowita Production Designer
Kim Petrosky Associate Producer,Casting
Steven K. Randolph Costumes/Costume Designer
John Swihart Score Composer
Steven Vincent Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Our Very Own
1. Our Very Own [11:21]
2. Nashville [8:04]
3. Is She Coming? [10:51]
4. It's True! [8:58]
5. Everyone's Still Here [8:38]
6. Plans and a Prank [9:18]
7. Rehearsal [10:17]
8. Trouble at Home [6:31]
9. She's Here! [8:12]
10. A Strange Encounter [8:22]
11. There's Sondra Locke! [7:11]
12. I'm Home/End Credits [8:15]

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Our Very Own 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is a hidden jewel filled with heart and humor and deceivingly profound themes of parenthood, coming of age and the elusiveness of dreams. A must see! The acting is top notch led by the amazing Allison Janney. She shines like never before in this role.