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Recently watched on Blu-Ray Galveston (2018) movie starring Ben Foster and Elle Fanning. Roy Cady (played by Foster) is a 40 year old career criminal on the run from the mob circa 1988. He meets up with Rocky, a 19 year old call girl (played by Fanning), also on the run after killing her abusive stepfather (and the father of her 3 year old daughter). All three characters flee to Galveston (Roy Cady's home town). The movie was filmed in and around Savannah GA, with Tybee Island GA standing in for Galveston TX. Tybee Island and the road and bridge connecting it to the Georgia mainland look very different from Galveston and the roads (two with bridge, one with ferry) connecting it to the Texas mainland.

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The GALVESTON movie was based on the 2010 novel GALVESTON by Nick Pizzolatto. The movie was directed by Melanie Laurent (who made revisions to the original script). This 2018 movie had only limited distribution in the United States. As far as I know, the 2010 novel is the second novel with this title. The first being the 1976 novel by Suzanne Morris. I remember seeing the Morris novel displayed for sale at the Galvez Mall (Galveston TX) location of B. Dalton bookstore in September 1976. By coincidence, both were the first novels published by their respective authors (Morris and Pizzolatto).

 

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The Blu-Ray disc of GALVESTON I own has audio tracks in English and French and is distributed by Mongrel Media, an independent Canadian film distributor. This, coupled with selection of Melanie Laurent, a prominent actress and filmmaker in France, to direct the film (with extensive rewrite authority), suggests the film may have been intended for marketing primarily to French speaking (francophone) audiences and secondarily to English speaking audiences. Once my order for the novel (Galveston by Nick Pizzolatto) comes in, reading it should provide me with a better basis for comparing the novel with the move adaptation.

 

   

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