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As I Lay Dying

HD   18A Closed Captioning

James Franco

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About the Movie

As I Lay Dying is adapted from the 1930 classic American novel by William Faulkner. The story chronicles the Bundren family as they traverse the Mississippi countryside to bring the body of their deceased mother Addie to her hometown for burial. Addie's husband Anse and their children, Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell, and the youngest one Vardaman, leave the farm on a carriage with her coffin - each affected by Addie's death in a profound and different way. Their road trip to Jefferson, some forty miles away, is disrupted by every antagonistic force of nature or man: flooded rivers, injury and accident, a raging barn fire, and not least of all - each individual character's personal turmoil and inner commotion which at times threaten the fabric of the family more than any outside force.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 29
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 17
  • Average Rating: 4.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: As a whole ... "As I Lay Dying" conveys some of Faulkner's themes, and the details of the Bundren family story, with clarity and concision. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Oct 10, 2013

Fresh: In many respects this is a faithful and intelligent synopsis of the book. – Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine, May 22, 2013

Rotten: Franco adapted a book that often reads like joyless homework into a film that feels the same way. – Chris Packham, Village Voice, Oct 8, 2013

Rotten: It remains to be seen whether James Franco can live up to his outsized ambitions. – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Oct 10, 2013

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As I Lay Dying
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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