Jayne Mansfield's Car

Jayne Mansfield's Car
Directed by Billy Bob Thornton
Produced by Alexander Rodnyansky, Geyer Kosinski
Written by Billy Bob Thornton
Tom Epperson
Starring Robert Duvall
John Hurt
Billy Bob Thornton
Kevin Bacon
Robert Patrick
Ray Stevenson
Katherine LaNasa
Frances O'Connor
Music by Owen Easterling Hatfield
Cinematography Barry Markowitz
Edited by Lauren Zuckerman
AR Films
Aldamisa Entertainment
Media Talent Group
Distributed by Anchor Bay Films
Aldamisa Releasing
Release dates
  • February 13, 2012 (2012-02-13) (Berlin)
  • September 13, 2013 (2013-09-13) (United States)[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $14,836[2]

Jayne Mansfield's Car is a 2012 drama film directed by Billy Bob Thornton, marking his first directing job since 2001's Daddy and Them. Thornton also stars alongside Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Ray Stevenson, Frances O'Connor, Ron White, and Robert Patrick.[3] The film had its world premiere at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012.[4] The film was released in limited release on September 13, 2013.[1]

One of the locations in which the movie was shot is Cedartown, Georgia, USA.[5] Exterior home shots were filmed in Troup County, Georgia,[6] while additional scenes were shot in Decatur, Georgia.[7] For the Greek Revival home, the interior shots were filmed at The Bailey-Tebault House located in Griffin, Georgia.[8]


The film is set in 1969 Morrison, Alabama. The Caldwell family includes three World War II veterans—brothers played by Thornton, Bacon and Patrick—their sister Donna (LaNasa), and a patriarch, Jim Caldwell (Duvall), who is a World War I veteran. The Caldwells are involved in a cultural clash with the Bedfords, a family which includes Phillip (Stevenson), a World War II veteran, his sister Camilla (O'Connor), and their father Kingsley (Hurt), also a World War I veteran.

The Bedfords are a London family who, as is revealed in the film, are in the Caldwell hometown for the funeral of Kingsley's wife, who is the ex-wife of Jim Caldwell and the mother of Caldwell's children. Duvall described the film in an interview as "putting Tennessee Williams in the back seat".[9]

The film's title refers to the automobile in which movie star Jayne Mansfield was supposedly decapitated in 1967. When a nearby town has a side show displaying the vehicle, Jim Caldwell takes Kingsley Bedford along to gawk at the grisly artifact.



The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 35% approval rating with an average rating of 5.4/10 based on 34 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Jayne Mansfield's Car assembles an impressive number of talented actors, but the screenplay -- co-written by director and star Billy Bob Thornton -- never gives them much of anything to do."[11]


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