The Californians (2005)


The Californians (2005)

Slick, smug developer Gavin Ransom has a dream: make millions by blanketing the coastal hills of northern California with flamboyant, mini mansions. His sister Olive a raving environmentalist, thinks otherwise, and aims to stop her brother's land gobbling plans. When Zoe Tripp a striking beautiful folk singer, joins Olive's cause, Gavin gets thrown for a loop, falling hard for the striking young woman with the golden voice. Caught between Olive's righteousness and Gavin's affection, the idealistic and innocent Zoe, coached by her parents and a maternal environmentalist must choose between a cause she's grown up supporting, or the affections of a man who stands for everything she believes is wrong.
IMDb   4.9 /10
TheMovieDb    2.5 /10
Release Date2005-10-20
Runtime1h 27min
Content RatingPG (PG)
CompanyParker Film Company
Gavin Ransomas Gavin Ransom
Olive Ransomas Olive Ransom
Zoe Trippas Zoe Tripp
Eileen Boatwrightas Eileen Boatwright
Elton Trippas Elton Tripp
Lenora Trippas Lenora Tripp
Sybill Plattas Sybill Platt
Marion Pardonas Marion Pardon
Erika Luckett
Erika Luckett
Mary Annas Mary Ann
Will Marchetti
Will Marchetti
Mayoras Mayor
City Councilmanas City Councilman
Contractoras Contractor
Architectas Architect
Real Estate Brokeras Real Estate Broker
Mr. Puttermanas Mr. Putterman
Raw Foodieas Raw Foodie
Security Guardas Security Guard

The Californians (film)

The Californians is a 2005 American independent drama film from Hart Sharp Films starring Noah Wyle. It is a modern-day adaptation of the 1886 Henry James novel The Bostonians, with the location moved from Boston to Marin County, California, and with the political topic driving the plot changed from feminism to environmentalism. The Californians is the second film adaptation of The Bostonians, after the 1984 film The Bostonians.


Gavin Ransom (Noah Wyle) is a successful real estate developer who has made a tidy fortune putting up gated communities filled with expensive suburban homes all over California. Ransom intends to put up another such development in the as-yet-untouched hillsides of Northern California's Marin County, and, just as he's expected, a number of folks living nearby are objecting to the project, including his sister Olive (Illeana Douglas), an environmental activist who has sided with longtime resident Eileen Boatwright (Cloris Leachman) and progressive lawyer Sybil (Jane Lynch) against the development. Olive and her compatriots get some unexpected support when Zoe Tripp (Kate Mara), a modern folk singer and the daughter of old-school Marin County hippies (Keith Carradine and Valerie Perrine), takes an interest in their protests and begins singing out against Gavin's proposal with guitar in hand. Gavin unexpectedly finds himself growing powerfully infatuated with Zoe, and Olive, a long-closeted lesbian, is equally taken with her; consequently, as the siblings battle against building several dozen cookie-cutter mansions, they also wage a private war for the affections of the young songstress.


  • Noah Wyle as Gavin Ransom
  • Illeana Douglas as Olive Ransom
  • Kate Mara as Zoe Tripp
  • Cloris Leachman as Eileen Boatwright
  • Joanne Whalley as Luna
  • Keith Carradine as Elton Tripp
  • Valerie Perrine as Lenora Tripp
  • Jane Lynch as Sybill Platt
  • Michael Panes as Marion Pardon
  • Terry McGovern as Mr. Putterman
  • Erika Luckett as Mary Ann
  • Will Marchetti as Mayor
  • Carl Bressler as Martin Berg
  • Richard Gross as Contractor
  • Kurtis Bedford as Reporter
  • Charles Martinet as City Councilman