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Sweet Home Alabama

108 min
Comedy | Romance
IMDB rate:
Andy Tennant
3 wins & 6 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2002-09-27
Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Budget: $38,000,000
Opening Weekend: $35,648,740 (USA) (29 September 2002)
Gross: $127,214,072 (USA) (16 February 2003)
Courtney Gains
Courtney Gains
Sweet Home Alabama
Rhona Mitra
Rhona Mitra
Sweet Home Alabama
Reese Witherspoon
Melanie Smooter
Josh Lucas
Jake Perry
Patrick Dempsey
Andrew Hennings
Candice Bergen
Mayor Kate Hennings
Mary Kay Place
Pearl Smooter
Fred Ward
Earl Smooter
Jean Smart
Stella Kay Perry
Ethan Embry
Bobby Ray
Melanie Lynskey
Mary Lynn Rajskub
Nathan Lee Graham
Frederick Montana
Sean Bridgers
Fleet Cooper
Thomas Curtis
Young Jake
Dakota Fanning
Young Melanie
Mark Skinner
Michelle Krusiec
Phil Cater
Michael Snow
Bob Penny
Wallace Buford
Mark Matkevich
Tom Darovsic
Lee Roy Giles
Eugene the Guard
Afemo Omilami
Jimmy Lee
Kevin Hagan
Jimmy the Driver
Dennis Ryan
Jim O'Connor
Leslie Hendrix
Tony Rizzoli
Bob Seel
Kelsey Lowenthal
Carrie Lee
Jen Apgar
Sarah Baker
Deborah Duke
Sherma (as Deborah Calloway-Duke)
Ted Manson
Colonel Murphy
Sharon Blackwood
Suzi Bass
Don Young
Old Dead Soldier
Jody Thompson
Dead Soldier
Mark Oliver
Guard #2
Deidee Deionne
Press Secretary (as Deide Deionne)
Doug Killen
Catfish Festival Dancer (as Doug Johnson-Killen)
Emily Furman
Catfish Festival Dancer
Pete Talton
Catfish Festival Dancer
Kelli Franklin
Catfish Festival Singer
Keni Thomas
Catfish Festival Singer
Jeanne Arnold
Catfish Festival Singer
Osjha Anderson
Catfish Festival Singer
Charlotte Pierrepont
Traci Ann Wolfe
Jana Lynn Schoep
Eddy Donno
Kimberly Adler
Crowd Member (uncredited)
LaChanda Alexander
New Yorker (uncredited)
Kena Allen
TV Fashion Reporter
Gary Beck
Paparazzi (uncredited)
Mary Jean Bentley
Wedding Guest #2 (uncredited)
Robert Black
Paparazzi (uncredited)
Randy Bratton
Musician (uncredited)
Rich Bryant
Paparazzi (uncredited)
Haley Buchanan
Girl at Battlefield (uncredited)
Chris Burns
Wedding Guest #1 (uncredited)
Brandon Carroll
Line Dancer (uncredited)
Doshia Darmane
Event Patron (uncredited)
Aimee Davis
Festival Patron (uncredited)
Colin Ford
Clinton Jr. (uncredited)
Laurie Gardner
Festival Dancer (uncredited)
Jason Guy
Red Carpet Photographer (uncredited)
Rodney L. James
Photographer (uncredited)
Ambre Lake
Wedding Coordinator (uncredited)
Matt Mangum
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Charles McClelland
Paparazzo (uncredited)
Matthew D. Miller
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Jacob Moyer Moats
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Ernest Peterson
Friend (uncredited)
Arvell Poe
Airline Passenger (uncredited)
Andrew Prine
Sheriff Holt (uncredited)
Joel Sturdivant
Line Dancer (uncredited)
Lori Williams
Country Line Dancer (uncredited)
Did you know?
This was Patrick Dempsey and Courtney Gains second movie together. They played BFFs in 1987's "Can't Buy Me Love".
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Producer Stokely Chaffin was the one who developed the movie's concept and brought it to screenwriter C. Jay Cox to write. Chaffin, now the Senior Vice President of Productions at New Line Cinema, was raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and like Reese Witherspoon's character, she changed her name after she left the South (during her childhood, her friends and family called her by her first name, Caroline; Stokley is her middle name). Chaffin insisted that Cox visit Alabama before writing the screenplay.
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Two dogs mentioned in the movie, "Bear" and "Bryant", are references to legendary University of Alabama head football coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant.
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When Melanie's parents are arguing about the volume on the television while on the phone, Pearl says, "They could have heard it all the way at Joe and Lurlynn's house," but Lurlynn is married to Clinton, not Joe.
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When Jake and Melanie are talking inside of Jake's house, Jake is standing in front of some candles, and one goes out. In the next shot, it is burning again.
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On the beach in the rainstorm, Melanie moves in to kiss Jake with her hand grasping in his face. In the overhead shot, Melanie is throwing both her arms around his neck.
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Jake: You show up here, after seven years, without so much as a "Hey there, Jake, remember me... your wife!" Or a, "Hi honey, lookin' good. How's the family?"
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Mayor Kate Hennings: [after Melanie tells Andrew that she still loves Jake at the wedding] I've never met anyone so manipulative, so deceitful, and I'm in politics.
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Jake: The only reason I ain't signing is cause you've turned into some hoity-toity Yankee bitch, and I'd like nothing better right now than to piss you off.
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Photos from cast
Courtney Gains Rhona Mitra Kevin Sussman