Wayward Son

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Wayward Son
Wayward Son movieposter.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byRandall Harris
Produced byCary Brokaw
Written byRandall Harris
StarringHarry Connick, Jr.
Pete Postlethwaite
Music byJames Newton Howard
Steve Porcaro
Distributed byAvenue Pictures
No US distributor
Release date
  • September 14, 1999 (1999-09-14)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$7.7 million[1]

Wayward Son is a 1999 American drama film directed by Randall Harris and starring Harry Connick, Jr. and Pete Postlethwaite. The screenplay concerns justice and redemption in rural Georgia during the Great Depression.


A southern man, Jesse Banks Rhodes (Harry Connick, Jr.), is released from a prison work camp in Louisiana, 1936, after being wrongly imprisoned for eleven years. He heads back to Georgia, only to find that most people are keen to keep him down, he begins working for a plantation owner (Walton Goggins) and rents a shed from a farmer (Pete Postlethwaite) with two daughters (Patricia Clarkson and Vinessa Shaw). After witnessing the murder of a black worker at the hands of a drunken white racist boss, Jesse is forced to prove his innocence, so injustice will not happen again.



Production of the film began Oct. 26, 1998 in Nashville.[2] The movie was filmed at various locations in Georgia including Mansfield and the Southeastern Railway Museum.


  • Wayward Son has in October, 2006, a number of screenings at the Heartland Film Festival.[3]
  • As research for his role as Jesse Banks Rhodes, Connick spent two days in solitary at the Louisiana State Penitentiary Angola, even wearing leg irons and handcuffs during his stay.[4]
  • Wayward Son was first called Letters From a Wayward Son.
  • Patricia Clarkson and Vinessa Shaw's roles as Wesley and Cordelia, had reportedly been designated for Embeth Davidtz and Tara Reid.
  • Screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 1999.
  • Produced by: Cary Brokaw/Avenue Pictures Productions,[5] Maccabee Productions, Steve Tisch Company
  • International rights will be licensed by Arthur Kananack & Associates (AKA Movies).[6]
  • This movie was delisted at $0 on April 29, 2002 since the stock was wrapped, but had no distribution.
  • Letters From A Wayward Son, Wayward Son Productions 1998: Budget $4.5 million.[7]
  • An interview where the director Randall Harris discusses the film with Harry Connick Jr., including a few clips from the movie are featured at the Film-Fest: Issue 3 - Toronto DVD.[8]
  • Animal Actors supplied talent on horseback, horses, mules, rattlesnakes, bloodhounds, and German shepherds.[9]

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