DVD Release: Virginia

DVD Release Date: Aug. 21, 2012
Price: DVD $24.98
Studio: Entertainment One


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Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris are involved in a secret long-term romance in Virginia.

Jennifer Connelly (Creation) and Ed Harris (Man on a Ledge) star in the 2010 small-town drama-romance film Virginia, written and directed by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk).

Connelly is Virginia, a charming but mentally ill mother whose greatest love is her protector and illegitimate son, Emmett (Harrison Gilbertson, Beneath Hill 60). Virginia has been involved in a two-decade long affair with Richard Tipton (Harris), the local married Mormon sheriff-turned-hopeful political candidate who might very well be Emmett’s father. When Sheriff Tipton learns that his daughter (Emma Roberts, It’s Kind of a Funny Story) and Emmett have begun a romantic relationship, his Senate campaign, as well as Virginia’s once simple life, are turned upside down.  As the relationship threatens the Southern town’s peculiar secrets, mother and son embark on a mad dash to seize their own brand of the American dream…

Also featured in the cast are Amy Madigan (Gone Baby Gone) and Toby Jones (Your Highness).

Having premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2010 under the title What’s Wrong With Virginia, the film received a tiny release to U.S. theaters in May, 2012 to lukewarm reviews.

Still, even though it sat on the shelf for nearly two years, Virginia’s got a killer cast and was made by an Oscar-winning screenwriter. How blah could it be?

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.