American Pastoral

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2016 | R | Drama Adaptation

Follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. more

In Movie Theaters U.S.

Friday, October 21, 2016
Friday, October 28, 2016

On Blu-ray & DVD

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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Dakota Fanning
Merry Levov
Ewan McGregor
Seymour 'Swede' Levov
Molly Parker
Dr. Sheila Smith
Uzo Aduba
Rupert Evans
Jerry Levov
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Ewan McGregor


John Romano


Rating MPAA

R for some strong sexual material, language and brief violent images

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Ewan McGregor stars as Seymour "Swede" Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede's life. When his beloved teenage daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him.
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Trivia & Production Notes

  • Based on the novel "American Pastoral" by Philip Roth.
  • Ewan McGregor will make his directorial feature film debut.
  • As director/actor Ewan McGregor told "I have dreamt of directing a feature for the last 15 years and never found the 'right' story. I wanted to direct, not for the sake of being a director, but because there was a story I HAD to tell. Well American Pastoral gave me everything I was looking for. I was incredibly lucky that I had Lakeshore's trust and incredible talent in front of and behind the camera to make Roth's story the film I thought it should be. The creative collaboration with the cast and the crew was as thrilling as I had hoped it would be. I was a very happy man making this film and it is the film I wanted it to be."

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