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The Oprah Book Club best-seller by Janet Fitch makes it to the big screen in this adaptation from British director Peter Kosminsky. White Oleander recounts the traumatic adolescence of Astrid Magnusson (Alison Lohman), who finds herself an orphan after her short-fused, enigmatic artist mother Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) is carted off to prison on murder charges. Astrid first finds herself in the care of Starr (Robin Wright Penn), a garish, born-again mother of two with a gruff but sensitive boyfriend (Cole Hauser). From there, she's shunted back to a state-run facility, where she tangles with other troubled teens and finds temporary solace in the arms of Paul (Patrick Fugit), a dough-faced comic book artist with dreams of moving to New York City. Astrid then lucks into a living arrangement with a successful but insecure actress (Renee Zellweger) who offers her unconditional love. But Ingrid's stifling influence continues to haunt her daughter, whether through the occasional prison visit or via manipulative letters to Astrid's caretakers. White Oleander received a Gala North American premiere at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival before reaching multiplexes later that fall. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

  • Release date:October 11, 2002

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Screen Actors Guild Michelle Pfeiffer Best Supporting Actress 2002 Nominee

Cast

Alison Lohman
as Astrid Magnussen
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Ingrid Magnussen
Robin Wright Penn
as Starr
Renée Zellweger
as Claire Richards
Billy Connolly
as Barry Kolker
Svetlana Efremova
as Rena
Patrick Fugit
as Paul Trout
Cole Hauser
as Ray
Noah Wyle
as Ron Richards
Amy Aquino
as Miss Martinez
Marc Donato
as Davey
James Lashly
as Reverend Daniels
Taryn Manning
as Nikki
Kali Rocha
as Susan Valeris
Stephen Root
as Michael
Liz Stauber
as Carolee
John Billingsley
as Paramedic
Elisa Bocanegra
as Girl in Fight
Darlene Bohorquez
as Prisoner
Scott Allan Campbell
as Bill Greenway
Sam Catlin
as Teacher
Debra Christofferson
as Marlena
Vernon Haas
as Guard
Sean Happy
as Dirt Bike Boyfriend
Leila Kenzle
as Ann Greenway
Cathy Ladman
as Swap Meet Mother
Drinda La Lumia
as Patty
Myra Lamar
as Detective
Daniel Mandehr
as Dad at Induction Area
DeVonda Manghane
as Guard at X-ray Machine
Melissa Marsala
as Julie
Melissa McCarthy
as Paramedic
Roger McIntyre
as Police Officer
Dallas McKinney
as Owen
Allison Munn
as Hannah
Samantha Shelton
as Yvonne
Mark Soper
as Patrick
Carl Sundstrom
as Police Officer
Kimo Wills
as Comic Book Store Clerk
Biff Yeager
as Judge
Drinda La Lumia
as Patty
Biff Yeager
as Judge
Melissa Marsala
as Julie
Darlene Bohorquez
as Prisoner
Mark Soper
as Patrick
Leila Kenzle
as Ann Greenway
Liz Stauber
as Carolee
Melissa McCarthy
as Paramedic
Carl Sundstrom
as Police Officer
Kimo Wills
as Comic Book Store Clerk
John Billingsley
as Paramedic
Allison Munn
as Hannah
Marc Donato
as Davey
James Lashly
as Reverend Daniels
Cathy Ladman
as Swap Meet Mother
Daniel Mandehr
as Dad at Induction Area
Samantha Shelton
as Yvonne
Dallas McKinney
as Owen
Taryn Manning
as Nikki
Vernon Haas
as Guard
Sean Happy
as Dirt Bike Boyfriend
Kali Rocha
as Susan Valeris
Debra Christofferson
as Marlena
Roger McIntyre
as Police Officer
Myra Lamar
as Detective
Elisa Bocanegra
as Girl in Fight
Sam Catlin
as Teacher
DeVonda Manghane
as Guard at X-ray Machine
Scott Allan Campbell
as Bill Greenway
Stephen Root
as Michael

Crew

Peter Kosminsky
Director
Hunt Lowry
Producer
John Wells
Producer
Mary Agnes Donoghue
Screenwriter
Janet Fitch
Book Author
Elliot Davis
Cinematographer
Debra Baum
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ann Kline
Musical Direction/Supervision
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Chris Ridsdale
Editor
Donald Graham Burt
Production Designer
Tony Stabley
Art Director
Ilyse A. Reutlinger
Associate Producer
Tracy Underwood
Associate Producer
E.K. Gaylord II
Executive Producer
Kristin Harms
Executive Producer
Stacy Cohen
Executive Producer
Patrick Markey
Executive Producer
Bryony Foster
Set Designer
Thomas Betts
Set Designer
Steve Bowerman
Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Lewis
Casting
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