• Director: Cameron Crowe
• Writer: Cameron Crowe
• Release Date: 6 October 2005 (USA)
• MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual references.
• Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
• Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
• Runtime: 123 min
• Box Office #s: Here

Cast Highligts
• Orlando Bloom
• Susan Sarandon
• Alec Baldwin
• Judy Greer
• Jessica Biel

After causing a loss of almost one billion dollars in his company, the shoe designer Drew Baylor decides to commit suicide. However, in the exact moment of his act of despair, he receives a phone call from his sister telling him that his beloved father had just died in Elizabethtown, and he should bring him back since his mother had problem with the relatives of his father. He travels in an empty red eye flight and meets the attendant Claire Colburn, who changes his view and perspective of life.

From the Gallery



  • Jane Fonda was originally set to play Hollie Baylor but dropped out when filming was delayed.
  • Christopher Masterson was considered for the role of Drew.
  • Loudon Wainwright III plays Uncle Dale in the film, and on one of Claire’s play list in the Road trip scrapbook, you can see “Oh What a World” by Rufus Wainwright listed. Rufus is Loudon Wainwright’s son.
  • When searching the 2nd Largest Farmer’s Market in the World for a woman in a red hat, Drew walks past a signpost with arrows pointing to “Success” and “Failure”. He takes the “Failure” route to reach Claire.
  • Jessica Biel auditioned for the role of Claire but was cast as Ellen instead.
  • While shooting a scene in a cemetery with actors Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, filming was interrupted due to an unexpected rain storm. Cameron Crowe suggested they shoot the scene anyway because it looked more beautiful and natural.
  • Judy Greer plays Orlando Bloom’s younger sister. In reality, Greer is two years older than Bloom.
  • A scene was shot in the John Wayne Airport in Orange County. It was the first time since the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001 that a film has shot there. The crew was given only one night to shoot.
  • Jesse’s band comprises members of Kentucky’s native band My Morning Jacket who are also featured on the soundtrack.
  • Exterior shots of the 747 seen in the film are lifted from the disaster film Airport 75 (1974).
  • The phone that Drew uses is a Samsung SCH-a670. While it can vibrate and ring, it cannot do both at the same time as depicted in the film.
  • In the original script, Ben is Claire’s brother. She uses him as a way to deflect unwanted advances.
  • On Claire’s road map for Drew, there is a quote by R. Hammond and J. Bebe. Russell Hammond and Jeff Bebe were two of Stillwater’s members in Cameron Crowe’s previous film Almost Famous (2000).
  • On Jesse’s wall there is a sticker with the text “ear-x-tacy” on it. Ear-x-tacy is Louisville’s biggest independently owned record store.
  • The picture of Susan Sarandon holding a baby on the mantelpiece in the flashback, is the same picture used in Stepmom (1998).
  • Cameron Crowe had written the role of Drew Baylor with Orlando Bloom in mind. When Crowe originally offered Bloom the part, Bloom was unable to take it due to scheduling conflicts with Kingdom of Heaven (2005). Crowe then cast Ashton Kutcher in the part but later felt that Kutcher and co-star Kirsten Dunst had no chemistry and decided to let him go. Crowe then pushed his January 2004 start shoot date back to July 2004 for a summer shoot. Many young actors that included Seann William Scott, James Franco, Colin Hanks and Chris Evans auditioned for the part of Drew. Scott was seriously considered and nearly nabbed the part but Crowe pushed to get Bloom instead. When Bloom was able to work the film into his schedule, Crowe cast him in the part.
  • Cameron Crowe’s first choice for the part of Claire Colburn was Kirsten Dunst. Dunst wanted the part very much but had already signed for The Village (2004). Evan Rachel Wood (who was apparently too young) was then under consideration for the part but Dunst dropped out of The Village (2004) at the last moment to audition for the part and won it. Judy Greer, however, appeared in both “The Village” and “Elizabethtown”.
  • The fictitious Mercury shoe company is headed by a guy named “Phil DeVoss”, it is from Oregon, and it is an athletic shoe company. Nike, an athletic shoe company, was co-founded in Oregon by Phil Knight who later became Nike’s CEO and Chairman of the Board.
  • Southern cooking queen Paula Deen of Food Network fame made her big screen debut in this movie as Aunt Dora. Deen’s character is of course is depicted doing plenty of cooking. A Food Network special, Paula Goes Hollywood, aired in conjunction with this film’s premiere.


Drew Baylor: [embracing] Please don’t take this as rejection.
Claire Colburn: I really don’t.

Claire Colburn: Trust me. Everybody is less mysterious than they think they are.

Claire Colburn: We peaked on the phone.

Claire Colburn: I’m impossible to forget, but I’m hard to remember.

Drew Baylor: So what are you doing right now?
Claire Colburn: [referring to Drew] I’m checking out this cute guy…
Drew Baylor: [disgusted face] Why are you telling me that?

Claire Colburn: I’m one of a kind.

Claire Colburn: Do you ever just think I’m fooling everybody?
Drew Baylor: You have no idea.

Claire Colburn: Men see things in a box, and women see them in a round room.

Claire Colburn: I think I’ve been asleep most of my life.
Drew Baylor: Me too.

Claire Colburn: What they say is, it *will* hit you, it could be ten minutes or it could be ten years from now.

Claire Colburn: [voiceover] Don’t get lost!

Claire Colburn: Hey, you’re only 45 minutes away. You wanna meet halfway and see the sunrise? At this point it’s probably easier to stay up!
Drew Baylor: You think so?
Claire Colburn: I think that’s what “they” say!

Drew Baylor: I see you right there. I see you right there.
Claire Colburn: There you are.

Claire Colburn: Most of the sex I’ve had in my life was not as personal as that kiss.

Claire Colburn: [voice over] Some music *needs* air. Roll down your window.

Claire Colburn: I don’t know a lot about everything, but I do know a lot about the part of everything that I know, which is people.

Claire Colburn: And so we all became helpers, which I *so* can’t help. I can’t help helping.

Claire Colburn: I’ve spent so much time thinking about all the answers to the problem, that I forget what the problem *actually* was.

Claire Colburn: To have never taken a solitary road trip across country? I mean everybody’s got to take a road trip, at least once in their lives. Just you and some music.

Claire Colburn: I want you to get into the deep beautiful melancholy of everything that’s happened.

Claire Colburn: I’m walking out the door… in last night’s clothes.

Claire Colburn: Hey, now we actually have a shot at being friends for the rest of our lives.
Drew Baylor: The rest of our lives… hm…

Claire Colburn: Welcome to the annual meeting of people who annually meet, and we’ll see ya’ll next year.

Claire Colburn: Sadness is easier because its surrender. I say make time to dance alone with one hand waving free.

Claire Colburn: So you failed. Alright you really failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You think I care about that? I do understand. You wanna be really great? Then have the courage to fail big and stick around. Make them wonder why you’re still smiling.

Claire Colburn: I’m going to miss your lips. And everything attached to them.

Claire Colburn: You know, You’re always trying to break up with me, and we’re not even together.
Drew Baylor: I know… We’re not?

Claire Colburn: [after learning that Drew’s father is Mitch] Ah, so you’re a son of a Mitch.

Claire Colburn: Never met a Mitch I didn’t like. Fun, full of life. Like… everyone wants to be a part of Mitch’s club.

Claire Colburn: Just tell me you love me and get it over with!

Claire Colburn: Life cannot be so cruel that we don’t deserve to be together… to eat.

Claire Colburn: We are intrepid. We carry on.