Thirteen (2003 film)

Thirteen is a 2003 American teen drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed, and starring Holly Hunter, Evan Rachel Wood and Reed. Loosely based on Reed's life from ages 12 to 13, the film's plot follows Tracy, a seventh grade student in Los Angeles who begins dabbling in substance abuse, sex and crime after being befriended by a troubled classmate. It features Brady Corbet, Deborah Kara Unger, Kip Pardue and Vanessa Hudgens (in her film debut) in supporting roles.

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Directed byCatherine Hardwicke
Written byCatherine Hardwicke
Nikki Reed
Produced byJeff Levy-Hinte
Michael London
StarringHolly Hunter
Evan Rachel Wood
Nikki Reed
CinematographyElliot Davis
Edited byNancy Richardson
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures (North America)
20th Century Fox (International)
Universal Pictures (United Kingdom and Ireland)
Release dates
  • January 17, 2003 (2003-01-17) (Sundance)
  • August 20, 2003 (2003-08-20) (New York City)
  • August 22, 2003 (2003-08-22) (Los Angeles)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2 million[2]
Box office$10.1 million[2]

The screenplay for Thirteen was written over a period of six days by Hardwicke and the then-14-year-old Reed; Hardwicke, a former production designer, independently raised funds herself for the production. Filming took place on location in Los Angeles in 2002, largely shot with hand-held cameras.

Upon the film's debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2003, Hardwicke won the Sundance Directing (Drama) for the film. Fox Searchlight Pictures subsequently acquired Thirteen for distribution, giving the film a limited release in the United States beginning on August 20, 2003; the release would expand in September 2003 and the film went on to gross a total of $4.6 million at the U.S. box office.

Though it received numerous favorable reviews from critics, Thirteen generated some controversy for its depiction of youth drug use (including inhalants, marijuana, LSD and alcohol), underage sexual behavior, and self-harm.[3] The film earned Hunter an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and Golden Globe nominations for Hunter and Wood for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress in a Drama, respectively.

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