American Pastoral Movie

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

Who's Involved:

Jennifer Connelly, Ewan McGregor, David Strathairn, John Romano, Uzo Aduba, Dakota Fanning, Gary Lucchesi, Valorie Curry, Peter Riegert, Tom Rosenberg, Rupert Evans, Molly Parker

Release Date:

Friday, October 21, 2016 (Limited)
Friday, October 28, 2016 (Nationwide)

some strong sexual material, language and brief violent images

Runtime: N/A
Language: English

Plot: What's the story about?

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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Who stars in American Pastoral: Cast List

... Dawn

"Top Gun: Maverick" , "Stuck in Love"  

... Merry Levov

"The Nightingale" , "Please Stand By"  

... Seymour 'Swede' Levov

"The Birthday Cake" , "Pinocchio"  

... Dr. Sheila Smith

"Pieces of a Woman" , "The Wicker Man"  

... Vicky

"National Champions" , "My Little Pony: The Movie"  

... Jerry Levov

"The Boy" , "Agora"  

... Rita Cohen

"After Darkness" , "Inherit the Viper"  

... Nathan Zuckerman

"Nightmare Alley" , "Nomadland"  

... Lou Levov


Who's making American Pastoral: Crew List

A look at the American Pastoral behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's writer John Romano last wrote The Lincoln Lawyer and Nights in Rodanthe.


John Romano


Gary Lucchesi
Tom Rosenberg




Production Company

Lakeshore Entertainment

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Production: What we know about American Pastoral?

Key Facts

  1. 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."
  2. Ewan McGregor will make his directorial feature film debut.
  3. Based on the novel "American Pastoral" by Philip Roth.

Filming Timeline

  1. March 2016: The film was in Completed status.
  2. February 2015: The film was in Pre-Production status.
  3. Filming scheduled for September 2015 in Pittsburgh.

  4. August 2014: The film was in Development status.
  5. December 1969: The film was in Announced status.

American Pastoral Release Date: When was the film released?

American Pastoral was released in 2016 on Friday, October 21, 2016 (Limited release). There were 13 other movies released on the same date, including Keeping Up with the Joneses, Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween and Ouija: Origin of Evil.

When will the movie be on Blu-ray & DVD?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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