By (author) Cameron Crowe

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  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Film
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 125mm x 200mm x 15mm | 150g
  • Publication date: 30 December 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 057122881X
  • ISBN 13: 9780571228812
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, ports.
  • Sales rank: 787,601

Product description

This is the new romantic comedy from Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky) transports us to Elizabethtown, Kentucky - a heck of a place to find yourself ...After nearly causing the shoe company he works for to lose $972,000,000, designer Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) is fired for his mistake - and promptly dumped by his girlfriend, Ellen. Hours later, suicidally despondent, Drew learns of his father Mitch's sudden death - and embarks on a journey that will give him a new purpose in life. Drew returns to his family's small Kentucky hometown of Elizabethtown, where he is required to ensure that his father's dying wishes are fulfilled. En route he meets a vivacious flight attendant, Claire Colburn (Kirsten Dunst), who will prove to him that amazing things happen in life when you least expect them. The screenplay of Elizabethtown offers all of Cameron Crowe's customary strengths as a writer: characters we can recognise and fall in love with, memorably thoughtful and witty lines, and, throughout, Crowe's distinctive gift for emotionally honest and touching detail. This volume also contains a brand new introductory essay by Cameron Crowe, along with special extracts from the journal that he kept during the film's production.

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Author information

Cameron Crowe began his writing career aged 15 as a music journalist, becoming a regular contributor to Rolling Stone. His movie career began with the script for cult hit Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), adapted from his own book. He began directing with Say Anything (1989) and Singles (1992), followed by the hit Jerry Maguire (1996) and Almost Famous (2000), for which he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Vanilla Sky followed in 2001. He is also the author of Conversations With Wilder, published by Faber.

Review quote

"As a screenwriter, Mr. Crowe is an unmatched comic portraitist . . . and as a director he has an extraordinary gift for drawing out rounded, complex performances . . . and for indicating the fine emotional shadings in the relationships among his characters."-A. O. Scott, "The New York Times"