Anjelica Huston's directorial debut received unexpected notoriety after Ted Turner, who financed the production, refused to air the finished product on his TNT network. Perhaps he did BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA a favor by publicizing this sober, nonsensationalized expose about child
abuse--which subsequently aired on Showtime and was released to home video. Although not the masterpiece many critics proclaimed it, this wrenching drama is persuasively scripted, sensitively directed, and searingly acted (with a few exceptions).
The backwoods Boatwright clan has always been looked down on by more financially secure families in South Carolina. After Anney Boatwright (Je...