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Dear Eleanor
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Directed by Kevin Connolly
Produced by Caleb Applegate
Chuck Pacheco
Hillary Sherman
Written by Cecilia Contreras
Amy Garcia
Music by Aaron Zigman
Cinematography Steven Fierberg
Editing by Jim Flynn
Studio Nine Nights
Distributed by Destination Films
Release date(s) July 5, 2016 (2016-07-05)
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Dear Eleanor is a 2016 American film, directed by Kevin Connolly, and starring Isabelle Fuhrman, Josh Lucas, Liana Liberato, and Jessica Alba. Written by Cecilia Contreras and Amy Garcia, it is a coming of age story about two best friends traveling across the U.S. in 1962 to meet their childhood hero, Eleanor Roosevelt. The film was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions.


In 1962, in the shadow of the Cuban Missile Crisis, two teenage girls (Isabelle Fuhrman and Liana Liberato) break out of their normal life, jump in the car and embark on a trip across the country in search of the former First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt. Their Thelma & Louise cross-country adventure is a mix of hilarious joy ride and an empowering personal odyssey that not only tests their friendship for the first time but also lands the girls in jail.


  • Isabelle Fuhrman as Maxine ”Max the Wax” Wax
  • Liana Liberato as Eleanor ”Ellie” Potter
  • Jessica Alba as Aunt Daisy
  • Josh Lucas as Frank Morris
  • Ione Skye as Charlotte
  • Luke Wilson as Bob Potter
  • Patrick Schwarzenegger as Bud
  • Joel Courtney as Billy
  • Paul Johansson as Hugh
  • Claire van der Boom as Caroline Potter
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