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My One and Only is a comedy film loosely based on a story about George Hamilton's early life on the road with his mother and brother, with anecdotes that Hamilton had told to Merv Griffin. Griffin pitched the idea for the script, and had shepherded the project from idea to production, until his 2007 death. His company serves as one of the film's producers.

My One and Only is directed by Richard Loncraine, written by Charlie Peters and stars Renée Zellweger as Hamilton's mother.

The film was released on August 21, 2009, in New York Citymarker, New Yorkmarker, and Los Angeles, Californiamarker. On September 4, 2009 the release was expanded to 20 markets across the US. The film was also released in the Netherlandsmarker on August 20, 2009.

Plot

In New York Citymarker in 1953, Anne Deveraux lives with her bandleader husband Danny, their 15-year-old son George, and Anne's somewhat older effeminate son Robbie. Anne does not seem very interested in her children's lives, she does not even remember which school they attend. After catching Danny in an affair Anne tells him that she leaves him, and that she takes the children with her. She collects cash money from her safe deposit and sends out George with it to buy a Cadillac; the salesmen are suspicious, but Anne drops by later herself.

Anne embarks with Robbie and George on a road trip through the U.S., in search of a husband to fund a new life for her and her boys. They first stay in Bostonmarker and Pittsburghmarker. Several men become a disappointment for Anne. One has financial problems and asks for a large sum of money; when she does not seem willing to give it, he steals the money in her purse. One sexually assaults her, one is in love with another woman. She is about to marry one, but he turns out to be married already. Anne is briefly put in jail after starting a chat in a bar with a man who turns out to be an undercover police officer, and who takes her for a prostitute and charges her with solicitation.

George decides he wants to live with his father, but Danny refuses because he is often on the road for his work. George is greatly disappointed and concludes that Danny does not love him. Later, when George asks Danny why he does not support them financially, he says he sent money several times, but Anne always returned it.

Anne does not like her sister in St. Louismarker, she has always said that she would have to be desperate to go to her. Now they go there anyway, so George concludes that Anne is now officially desperate. While they stay there, George and this sister agree that he will stay living there when Anne moves on with Robbie to Los Angelesmarker; he is unhappy with the fact that Anne does not know things like his favorite color or his favorite book. Anne first protests, but, to George's surprise, accepts it after all. Near Albuquerquemarker, when Anne and Robbie give a couple a ride, the man attempts to rob them, threatening Anne with a knife, but he fails after Robbie points a gun at him and fires a warning shot. Anne and Robbie invite the woman to come with them, which she accepts, but later she steals the money of Anne and Robbie. They phone George, and he leaves his aunt, who reluctantly gives him the money left from what she received for allowing George to live there, and travels to Anne and Robbie.

Robbie is an amateur actor and wants to be a professional in Hollywoodmarker. George wants to be a writer and move to New York. Danny dies and George goes to the funeral in New York, and stays there. However, later he returns to Los Angeles, and it turns out that George is better at acting than Robbie, therefore George decides to stay in California with Anne and Robbie. Robbie gets work in costumes.

Cast



Production

Filming took place in the Baltimoremarker area beginning on June 9, 2008. Part of this filming took place in the Institute of Notre Damemarker private high school. Other locations included Mount Vernon, Baltimoremarker and the 26 acre estate Tyrconnell near Lake Roland. For several weeks in early August 2008, further filming took place in Albuquerquemarker, New Mexico.

Many of the scenes include the use of an azure blue 1953 Cadillac Eldorado. The 1953 Eldorado "hero car" (#87 out of just 532 Cadillac Eldorados made that year) was used at the film's premiere in New York City on August 18, 2009 at the Paris Theater, Manhattan.

Music

The jazzy score to My One and Only was composed by Mark Isham, who recorded it with a 20-piece jazz orchestra ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the LA Sound Gallery in Burbank, Californiamarker.

References

  1. Press notes, "Herrick Entertainment Presents 'My One and Only', A Film by Richard Loncraine"
  2. http://www.screendaily.com/news/distribution/us-americas/freestyle-takes-on-us-release-of-my-one-and-only/5002550.article
  3. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1185431/releaseinfo


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