The new Meryl Streep-Julia Roberts movie August: Osage County was filmed on location at this 100-year old farmhouse in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
The movie was filmed on location in North-Central Oklahoma, just over the Kansas border. The tagline: “Misery Loves Family.”
The old farmhouse is standing empty and looking a little forlorn now, but I think the bones of it are beautiful.
The movie, which is based on a play by Tracy Letts, is “A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.”
The listing for the farmhouse said:
“Own a part of movie history with this Victorian Tidewater home and surround yourself with peace and tranquility! This is the property that Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and other filmed the movie August Osage county! Production updated electrical and added security system.”
Here’s a shot of the cast in the movie sitting around the big table in the dining room:
It was built in 1916 and sits on 22 acres.
The house has 5 bedrooms but only 1 bath.
The back of the house has a screened porch.
A scene from inside the screened porch:
Check the listing for 329 County Road 4860 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma,
for all the photos and information.
That kitchen + bath are both beauties, + I’d change very little.
Meanwhile, I’ve not yet seen the movie but did read the play a few years back.
Coincidentally, I just discovered that it IS playing out here in the middle of nowhere, so I s’poze we/I should spring for a matinee before the Oscars!
TY for sharing!
Emily A. Clark says
I saw it and actually leaned over to my husband during the movie and said “I’d be depressed, too, if that wallpaper was hanging in my house.” 🙂 I agree with Beth about having the hostile family dinner. Same experience.
Yeah, maybe all they needed to do was redecorate a little and everyone in the movie would have been happier! Ha. 🙂
Kelly - Talk of the House says
Good grief that kitchen is huge! The wood in the cabinets looks pretty, but I know I would probably end up painting them (can’t help myself) and I’d replace that floor with wood. The house has great bones (and a lot of porch space!) I do not plan on seeing it after hearing all the reviews of it. I went to see Saving Mr. Banks without reading reviews thinking it was going to be a comedy. It is not. It was very sad to me, but I did love Tom Hanks in it. So I will use my movie money for dinner out instead. Thanks for a movie Monday, Julia!
I didn’t know Saving Mr. Banks was a sad movie. I thought it would be more lighthearted than that. I’m glad to know that before I see it!
Alie B says
Well isn’t this an old beauty!? The wall coverings are a bit scary, but otherwise I don’t think much needs changing. I would rip out the linoleum in the kitchen and put down wood. I haven’t seen this movie, but it does feature several of my favorite actors, so I’ll check it out for sure. I think that, although movies like this can be depressing, they’re good for the slice of life factor. Perhaps people don’t feel like they have such crazy family issues when they see movies like this.
Good point! Just think how much better we’ll feel about our own families after a movie like this. Ha.
Bertie DeWane says
I haven’t seen the movie yet because I thought it sounded too depressing. My good friend did see it and she said it wasn’t so depressing to her but made her appreciate her family after seeing how dysfunctional this one was.
There are some movies I will watch just to see the houses in them – this may be one of them. Thanks, Julia!
House Crazy Sarah says
Great find Julia! I have not seen the movie yet either but it was the house on the plains that intrigued me from the previews! I am so very happy to learn it is actually a REAL house!
Yeah, that’s actually a rare thing in the movies these days! The exteriors are often real but the interiors are usually sets on a soundstage. It’s fun to see how they used a real farmhouse for this one.
I really enjoyed this movie. A lot of people around me were grumbling about it when I was walking out. I agree with the above comment you leave feeling really thankful for your own family.
So with that I am so excited to see this post! 🙂 I’m even more interested in this house now! I hope someone knows more information about it.
Doesn’t Pioneer Woman live in Pawhuska? Maybe she’ll go check it out for us..I for one like the house very much..I do like the mural, but the wallpaper needs to go. Love all the big rooms and wouldn’t mind a shot at that big old kitchen..
Yes, maybe she’ll do some location scouting for us and report back! Ha. 🙂
Tanya T says
I was just going to ask this same question! I do believe Ree Drummond from The Pioneer woman.com lives outside of Pawhuska, OK. Might have to dig thru her archives but I swear I have seen this house somewhere before on a website, might have been her website?
I was very curious about this house, so I looked around and found this news story from a local TV station: https://www.newson6.com/story/23785095/inside-the-osage-county-house-that-stars-in-august-osage-county. According to the story, the house was a Sears catalog house, the mural is actually a digital photograph that was enlarged and pasted onto the wall and the production company dug up and moved several trees that were probably a hundred years old. Interesting stuff.
I hadn’t seen that! Thanks, Margaret!!
Jill B says
Great house, terrific play, bad movie. How anyone thought Streep and Roberts worth of Oscar-caliber performances is beyond me. Maybe it was a slow news year. In the meantime, wonder why they took the old beauty off the market?
Beautiful details, needs a lot of work, but thanks to the film company the electrical has been updated, so that’s one big headache out of the way. The kitchen definitely needs an island. For me, there’s something kind of sad about it. Maybe it’s the photos or the time of year they were shot or the look of the movie stills, but it looks like it needs some love. Haven’t seen the movie yet—have to be in the mood for dysfunction. 😉
That house feels creepy to me. Maybe it was pretty before the family moved out and in the springtime surrounded by green. But now all it conjure is mental illness.
I just saw this movie last night. The previews made it look funny, a little dark. What it was was VERY dark, and not funny. It was well done and everything, but the older I get the less grim and unpleasant stuff I want to watch. As for the house, I love it. It has so much character, and the movie people have added more. Love the mural, and the wallpaper. Not the location so much.
Ha…I’m with you. I have my husband watch movies, etc. and then if it has a happy ending I’ll watch it – otherwise, forget it!
I totally agree with you both. I’m not only hooked on houses, I’m also hooked on movie spoilers…..(I know it’s bad), but if I’m going to spend that much money to see a movie, I want to know what I’m getting. Also, my husband won’t go to movies anymore as he believes he spends enough on cable and that all movies will eventually come to him. So, if I want to go to a movie, I have to either go by myself or ask my kids or a friend to go with me. Also, talk about “truth in advertising”….the ads for this movie make it look like this is a comedy, but from everything I hear (even here at Hooked on Houses) and after reading the Movie Spoiler, I have no desire to spend $12.00 to see this movie…..I’ll use it to buy another nick-nack for my house…LOL. I do have to agree that I like the old house, but I don’t think that will even make me want to see that movie. It’s too bad that Hollywood sometimes seems to only want to show the dark side of life……..believe it or not Hollywood…there is joy in life and one of my joys in life is reading Hooked on Houses……
We rarely go to the movies anymore, either. If we do, we usually want something fun or funny. For one thing, I hate crying in movie theaters! Ha. Thanks, Judi!
Nice of you to post a little eye candy in the form of Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia! I dare say you may have as many Cumberbeauties on here as Hooked on Houses fans. All joking aside, I love the house, except for the wallpaper, and one beautiful bathroom. I’m sure there would be enough room downstairs for another full bath to be added. Can’t wait to see the movie. Thanks for your lovely posts, you have excellent taste…after all, you are a fellow BC fan!
You’re welcome! I couldn’t resist adding that photo of him to the post. Ha. 🙂
Rebecca C says
Interesting house. Love how you were able to get shots of the movie and match them up. If you go to the Zillow listing, it has an island of sorts in the kitchen. It also looks better too. I wonder if they either are staging it or someone is renting it now. The wood in it looks like it wouldn’t take much work to restore. The wallpaper on the other hand, lots of stripping! Too dark. Thanks for finding this listing.
The odd thing is that those appear to be older photos from when it was on the market before (before the movie was made). Looks to me like the production designers stripped some things out of it, like that kitchen island and maybe the sink in the hallway by the stairs. They clearly did a lot of work to make the house look older and in worse shape than it was to begin with! Thanks, Rebecca.
i just can’t get past a period home in the middle of oklahoma being listed as a victorian tidewater home :)!
it could be a great house, with a whole lotta love.
Good point about the “Tidewater” description, Nanne. Ha.
Christina from Dallas says
One bathroom? Yikes! That is not going to work. If you have 5 bedrooms then obviously you have a big crew and need more than one bathroom. Hopefully you could get two if you were spending that much.
That said though, it is such a lovely farmhouse. I don’t mind the wallpaper since it seems to go with the theme of the house.
I totally agree with your friend’s movie review! The house was the best part of those characters. I have never seen such a well-acted horrible movie.
I totally agree with you! The house was the best part in that awful movie.
Laurel @ SoPo Cottage says
Thanks so much for sharing the house pics and the movie reviews! Thanks to Beth’s input, I think I’ll skip spending money at the theatre. But the house is pretty fantastic! Wish it was closer, so I could work on it!
I wish you could, too, Laurel. You could work wonders with a house like this! 🙂
Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com says
What a great place just brimming with potential.
Awesome….. Wish I had the resources to fix up such a home. Have to add another bathroom for sure
Carol Ann says
Loved the porch in this movie. That’s about all I loved though. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a film where there wasn’t one single likable character!
Oh, wow. There were a lot of characters in this movie, too, so that’s saying something!
Maybe the reason there was so much meanness and anger in the movie is because there’s only the one bathroom for all of those people. If they’d addressed that in the movie, I might have been more sympathetic.
I think you might be onto something, Beth! Ha.
One of my favorite movies…loved the house, loved the music. First time I was aware of Glenn Close. Wonderful views….had to visit Beaufort!
Carol Baird says
The house is so beautiful. I just loved everything about the house. Thanks for sharing…..
Joyful Susan says
I agree with others that I LOVE all these porches! As far as the movie, I found it very haunting. I cried several times during the movie and actually sobbed at one point, needing tissue for my snotty nose. I think you have to come from a dysfunctional family (like I did) to really appreciate this movie. Personally, I think Meryl and Julia deserve Oscar nods and the casting was perfect. (I also LOVE Benedict Cumberbatch and watch Sherlock. He was amazing in this movie. What a talented actor!)
I read that he was a totally different kind of character in this movie, too. I might have to go see it for him alone! 🙂
maureen polifroni says
My husband and I saw this film a few weeks ago. For those of you who haven’t, maybe I can help. Close your eyes and picture the Waltons, in their sweet unpretentious farmhouse, three or four generations living together in peaceful harmony. Now picture The Exorcist, Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Silence of the Lambs. Mix ’em all up. BAM! I just saved you 12 bucks. You’re welcome.
You should write movie reviews, Maureen. That made me laugh out loud!
Alicia Sullivan says
As someone from Oklahoma I have been wanting to go see this film, but when I’ve seen the previews I cringe at their generic southern accents. They don’t sound like Okies at all. Wish they would have done a bit of research. As for the house,wish someone would make it grand again.
I thought the movie was great and the acting by everyone was fantastic.
I’ve heard from several other people who loved it, too. Interesting how everyone reacted so differently to the movie!
maureen polifroni says
The acting WAS great. The STORY was awful.
Great movie with superb acting stars.. And yes the house was huge .. beautiful outside view of plains.
Kim Cleary says
Loved the movie, saw it twice. The house is great and would look so good with some TLC.
Cyndia Moore says
Just saw the movie after seeing these photos. Don’t listen to the nay-sayers! It was great. Yes, it was dark, but I didn’t find it depressing. My sister recommended that I see it, and said the acting was just wonderful. It was! My friend and I saw it together, and we both really enjoyed it. It WAS kind of funny in parts, in a dark way. Having seen the photos of the house on this site made it extra interesting to watch. Go see it!
I hardly ever leave a movie not knowing exactly how I feel about it, in that I either love, like or hate it.
Not this one! I literally sat in my car for twenty minutes, going “what the what” before I could drive. I didn’t cry, and yet I felt as though I had, been to or at the very least, witnessed war. The acting was superb, (there were moments that I laughed.) the scenery beautiful, the story dark and yet overwhelmingly human, (I wasn’t familiar with the story, and there were twists and turns that I wasn’t prepared for…) and the music haunting. The thing that left me shaken and stirred was that not one relationship was in place at the end. I didn’t think the end of the movie would be presented in a Tiffany box with a perfect bow, but I was expecting that at least one character would be left standing…
Movies, like houses, to each his/her own!
It is so interesting to hear all the different reports from people who saw the movie. Thanks, Destiny!
Jen K says
Ok. I did see the movie and loved it (My husband and I go to the movies on a regular basis). Don’t watch it if you are looking for a feel-good movie. Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep gave fantastic performances. The scenery was perfect and match the mood of the movie, as did the music. It definitely left an impression on me – I can understand why it was nominated for so many awards. The house definitely added to the story. I’ve been a follower of Hooked on Houses on FB, but actually came across this post because I was Googling “House from August: Osage County” because I love the dining room as well as the porch on the second story. I loved the mural in the dining room so much that it was actually a distraction. In my defense, the mural looks very different on film than it does in the photos above. Loved the movie. Loved the house.
I loved that mural, too. I thought it was original to the house at first and was surprised to learn it was created for the movie. The set designers did an amazing job of making the rooms feel like they had a sense of history and age to them. Thanks, Jen!
lara jane says
I recently watched the film and — ugh, I don’t know how anyone could say that they “loved” it, but the acting is stellar. I am *NOT* a fan of Julia Roberts (I feel like she’s my female Nicolas Cage; I like movies *in spite of* them, not *because of* them), and I think it’s insane that she won the Oscar over Ellen Burstyn in Requiem or Laura Linney in You Can Count on Me…
I said all of that to say this: She is *incredible* in this film. I’m not saying she deserved the Oscar over Lupita (I haven’t seen 12 Years a Slave), but she certainly earned the nomination. Meryl, too. I’m kind of surprised that Margo Martindale (Aunt Mattie Fay) wasn’t acknowledged for her performance, which was also strong, though minor compared to the two powerhouses.
The cast in general were marvelous, though. Chris Cooper… is he EVER NOT GOOD? He’s amazing. Julianne Nicholson was also fantastic and (seemingly) underappreciated. I was sort of disappointed with Ewan McGregor, as I looooove him, but his accent was horrific. Benedict’s (ah, Benedict. We were Sherlock fans before there were Sherlock fans [at least in the U.S.], thanks to my husband’s random torrent downloading! haha!) was sort of wishy-washy, too, but probably a smidge better. His character is painfully precious. His song is so sweet and endearing, and then… BAM! Moment gone…
Anyway… I appreciate the movie. I can’t say I loved it or would even watch it again (and I am a serial re-watcher, let me tell ya!), but it was brilliantly done.
The house is the perfect setting for the film, too. It was soooo dark and depressing, the house was like another character, perfectly cast.
I looked at buying that house in the mid 90s. Was totally shocked to see it in the movie. The one main improvement is that the green shag carpet is removed through out the bottomfloor. It has a full brick basement and the attic is still unfinished on the movie. Beautiful location next to a wildlife preserve. It was priced for 85,000 back then. It is what they called an Indian Head Rights home. It has historical value to the Osage nation.
Very interesting! Thanks, Thom.
I rented this movie thinking it was going to be a comedy along the lines of “Little Miss Sunshine.” Boy, was I wrong! It was one of the most depressing movies I’ve ever seen. Meryl Streep is my favorite actress, and I agree: she was excellent.
It was quite a house, though, I must say!
I was in Pawhuska last month by happenstance…in search of bison. We found them at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, and it was a wonderful experience. I have followed Ree Drummond (the Pioneer Woman) in blogland and on Instagram. I didn’t discover, until later, however, that the Drummond ranch is near there! I watched August: Osage County, probably before I ever knew I would be visiting Oklahoma. Normally this would be my kind of movie (a family drama filmed on location) and how can you go wrong with Meryl? I didn’t like it at all. Not a wonderful experience.