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The Hottest State

The Hottest State
File:Poster the-hottest-state.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ethan Hawke
Produced by Alexis Alexanian
Yukie Kito
Written by Ethan Hawke
Starring Mark Webber
Catalina Sandino Moreno
Michelle Williams
Laura Linney
Ethan Hawke
Music by Jesse Harris
Cinematography Chris Norr
Editing by Adriana Pacheco
Distributed by THINKFilm
Release date(s)
Running time 117 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Hottest State is a 2006 drama film directed and written by Ethan Hawke, based on Hawke's 1996 novel of the same name. The film debuted at the Venice Film Festival on September 2, 2006, and received a limited theatrical release in the United States on August 24, 2007. It ran for 5 weeks and grossed $137,341 internationally.[1] The film was subsequently issued on DVD in December 2007.


The film tells the story of a 20-year-old actor William (Mark Webber) who falls in love for the first time with an aspiring singer Sarah (Catalina Sandino Moreno). As their love blossoms and languishes, young William reexamines himself and his relationship with his mother Jesse (Laura Linney) and estranged father Vince (Ethan Hawke).



The score for the film is composed by Grammy-winning musician Jesse Harris. Aside from the inclusion of two score tracks, the album is composed of sixteen original songs recorded by such musicians as Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Bright Eyes, and Feist. It was also named one of "The Top 10 CDs of 2007" by the New York Daily News.[2]

Track listing

  1. "Ya No Te Veria Mas (Never See You)" - 2:06 (Rocha)
  2. "Always Seem To Get Things Wrong" - 3:47 (Willie Nelson)
  3. "Somewhere Down The Road" - 2:44 (Feist)
  4. "Big Old House" - 3:54 (Bright Eyes)
  5. "The Speed of Sound" - 4:19 (Emmylou Harris)
  6. "It Will Stay With Us" - 2:17 (Jesse Harris)
  7. "If You Ever Slip" - 2:33 (The Black Keys)
  8. "Crooked Lines" - 4:28 (M. Ward)
  9. "World of Trouble" - 4:35 (Norah Jones)
  10. "Never See You" - 5:04 (Brad Mehldau)
  11. "It's Alright To Fail" - 3:40 (Cat Power)
  12. "One Day The Dam Will Break" - 2:58 (Jesse Harris)
  13. "You, The Queen" - 4:17 (Tony Scherr)
  14. "Morning In A Strange City (Cafe)" - 2:00
  15. "No More" - 3:59 (Rocha)
  16. "Dear Dorothy" - 2:28 (Jesse Harris)
  17. "Never See You" - 2:46 (Rocha)
  18. "There Are No Good Second Chances" - 4:58


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Box Office Mojo
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Metacritic
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