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Junebug is a 2005 comedy-drama film directed by Phil Morrison. It was released on August 3, 2005 and stars Amy Adams, Alessandro Nivola, Embeth Davidtz, and Benjamin McKenzie. It was filmed at Wake Forest Universitymarker, at Replacements, Ltd. in McLeansville, North Carolina and in Winston-Salem, North Carolinamarker.


When newlywed Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz), a British art dealer, travels from Chicago to North Carolinamarker to pursue a local, self-taught painter (Frank Hoyt Taylor) for her outsider art gallery she takes the opportunity to meet her husband George's (Alessandro Nivola) family, who live close by.

There's his flinty, judgmental mother Peg (Celia Weston); his reserved, contemplative father Eugene (Scott Wilson); and his sullen, resentful, twenty-ish brother Johnny (Benjamin McKenzie) who, although married, still lives at home, studying for his high school equivalence certificate while working at Replacements, Ltd. as an order processor. Johnny married Ashley before either of them finished high school. Relations between Johnny and Ashley are strained, with Ashley believing that a baby will solve their marital problems.

Madeline and George stay in the baby's nursery and she becomes friends with Johnny's pregnant young wife Ashley (Amy Adams), a very sweet and friendly, if somewhat naive and talkative girl. The family take Madeline to a church service and she attends Ashley's baby shower. Madeline discovers that she does not know much about George, as they have been married only six months, and knew each other only a week before they got married. George's strong Southern family values come through.

The artist Madeline is trying to sign wavers over signing with her gallery. Ashley goes in to labor, and the family goes to the hospital with her, but Madeline chooses to go and convince the artist to sign with her gallery. George is angry. Ashley's baby boy is stillborn. She tells George she was going to name it "Junebug". George and Madeline leave to go back to Chicago.


Score and soundtrack

Though much of the movie is free of background music, its score is made up of original music by Yo La Tengo, as well as eighteenth century classical music. Also, the film begins and ends with the 1977 song "Harmour Love" performed by Syreeta Wright and written by Stevie Wonder. During a scene where most of the characters are at a church social, George and two young men are featured singing the hymn “Softly and Tenderly, Jesus Is Calling” by Will Thompson.

No official soundtrack has been released of the film. As a result, Syreeta's album One to One (which contains the song "Harmour Love") has since experienced a resurgence of sales. Yo La Tengo have released some of the original music in a compilation of their work on soundtracks They Shoot, We Score.

DVD release

The DVD was released on January 17, 2006 by Sony Pictures Entertainment which includes:
  1. 10 deleted scenes
  2. Cast audio commentary with Embeth Davidtz and Amy Adams
  3. Outsider Art Photo Gallery
  4. French subtitles
  5. Behind-the-scenes featurettes


  • 78th Academy Awards:
    • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Amy Adams, nominated)

  • 4th Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards:
    • Breakthrough Film Artist — for acting (Amy Adams, won)
    • Best Supporting Performance (Amy Adams, runner-up)

  • 15th Gotham Awards:
    • Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams, won)
    • Breakthrough Director (Phil Morrison, nominated)

  • 21st Independent Spirit Awards:
    • Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams, won)
    • Best First Screenplay (Angus MacLachlan, nominated)
    • Piaget Producers Award (Mike S. Ryan, nominated)

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