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Carolina is a 2003 American-German romantic comedy film directed by Marleen Gorris, starring Julia Stiles, Shirley MacLaine, Alessandro Nivola, Mika Boorem, Randy Quaid, and Jennifer Coolidge.[1] Lisa Sheridan has a cameo role in the film, and Barbara Eden has the uncredited part of Daphne.[2] It is set in Los Angeles, California. Shot in 2003, the film failed to find a distributor and was released direct-to-video in 2005.

Carolina
Carolinamposter.jpg
German theatrical poster
Directed byMarleen Gorris
Produced byMartin Bregman
Guy Collins
Keith Cousins
Ann Dubinet
Christopher Petzel
Louis A. Stroller
Rudolf G. Wiesmeier
Written byKatherine Fugate
StarringJulia Stiles
Shirley MacLaine
Alessandro Nivola
Mika Boorem
Randy Quaid
Jennifer Coolidge
Music bySteve Bartek
CinematographyJohn Peters
Edited byAlan Heim
Michiel Reichwein
Release date
  • June 5, 2003 (2003-06-05) (Russia)
  • April 29, 2004 (2004-04-29) (Germany)
  • February 1, 2005 (2005-02-01) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Germany
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million

Miramax Films was the domestic distributor, but failed to release it in theaters. When Harvey Weinstein screened the film he told the producers, "You have a hit movie on your hands. We're going to blast this on MTV all over Super Bowl Weekend."[citation needed] This was in December 2001. The producers never heard about it again until 2005 when it was suddenly released direct-to-DVD.

The film began principal photography in July 2001. Kathy Bates originally was slated to play the role of Grandma Millicent Mirabeau, but dropped out after make-up/hair tests due to the shut down of the original production shoot date. Shirley MacLaine eventually stepped in to play the role.

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