Descendants is a 2011 US Drama film directed by Alexander Payne.
The screenplay by Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash is based on the novel
of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings.
film stars George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard
and Beau Bridges, and was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures in the
United States on 18 November 2011 after being screened at the 2011 Toronto
International Film Festival.
Tracing the journey of land baron Matt King, struggling with unexpected
occurrences in his monotonous life, The Descendants was released
to widespread acclaim from critics and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted
Screenplay, as well as two Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture - Drama
and Best Actor - Drama for Clooney.
Matt King (George Clooney) is a Honolulu-based lawyer and the sole trustee
of a family trust that controls 25,000 acres of pristine land on the island
of Kaua'i. The trust will expire in seven years, so the King family has
decided to sell the land to Kaua'i native Don Holitzer for development.
before family members are ready to formally endorse the deal, they are
hit by a tragedy and a revelation that will change their lives forever.
• George Clooney as Matt King
• Shailene Woodley as Alexandra "Alex" King
• Beau Bridges as Cousin Hugh
• Judy Greer as Julie Speer
• Nick Krause as Sid
• Amara Miller as Scottie King
• Matthew Lillard as Brian Speer
• Robert Forster as Scott Thorson
• Patricia Hastie as Elizabeth King
• Mary Birdsong as Kai Mitchell
• Rob Huebel as Mark Mitchell
• Milt Kogan as Dr. Johnston
• Laird Hamilton as Troy Cook
• Michael Ontkean as Cousin Milo
• Matt Corboy as Cousin Ralph
• Celia Kenney as Reina
Timothy Clooney was born 06 May 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky, son
of Nick Clooney, a TV newscaster who hosted a talk show in Cincinnati,
and nephew of the singer Rosemary Clooney.
George Clooney is known as an actor, film director, producer, and
screenwriter. For his work as an actor, he has received an Academy
Award and three Golden Globe Awards. He is also noted for his political
activism, and has served as one of the United Nations Messengers
of Peace since January 2008.
Though he made his acting debut on television in 1978, Clooney gained
fame and recognition by portraying Dr. Douglas 'Doug' Ross on the
long-running medical drama ER from 1994 to 1999. While
working on ER, he started attracting a variety of leading
roles in films including Batman & Robin (1997) and
Out of Sight (1998), in which he first teamed with long-term
collaborator Steven Soderbergh. 1999 saw the release of Three
Kings, a well-received war satire set during the Gulf War featuring
Clooney in another lead role.
In 2001, Clooney's fame widened with the release of his biggest
commercial success, Ocean's Eleven, the first of a profitable
film trilogy, a remake of the film from 1960 with the members of
The Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra as Danny Ocean.
He made his directorial debut a year later with the 2002 biographical
thriller Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and has since
directed Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Leatherheads
(2008), and The Ides of March (2011).
He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in
the Middle East thriller Syriana (2005) and subsequently
received Best Actor nominations for such films as Michael Clayton
(2007), Up in the Air (2009) and The Descendants
Clooney's humanitarian work includes his advocacy of finding a resolution
for the Darfur conflict, raising funds for the 2010 Haiti earthquake,
the 2004 Tsunami, and 9/11 victims, and creating documentaries such
as Sand and Sorrow to raise awareness about international
crises. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
The film began its on-location shoot in Hawaii on 15 March 2010.
Most of the film was shot in Honolulu and around Hanalei Bay.
photographer Don King filmed a crucial scene where Alex King sinks
below the surface of a pool and screams out her grief underwater.
house used as Matt King's house had one major flaw in that it lacked
the banyan tree described in the book; the filmmakers solved the
issue by transplanting a banyan.
the scene where the King family drives up to a ridge to look over
their beautiful land, the film used a 3,000-acre private cattle
ranch on the south shore of Kauai, Kipu Ranch.
Hart Hemmings, the author of the novel on which the movie was based,
had a cameo as Matt King's secretary.
Post-production began on 14 June 2010, and continued into February
2011. The film screened at the Telluride, Toronto and New York film
festivals and was released in the US on 18 November 2011.
The soundtrack uses Hawaiian music, featuring artists including
Gabby Pahinui, Ray Kane, Keola Beamer, Lena Machado, Sonny Chillingworth,
Jeff Peterson, and Reverend Dennis Kamakahi.