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'Kelo' Goes to Hollywood

The new movie Little Pink House dramatizes the Supreme Court decision that changed the way Americans saw eminent domain.
The Holdout: Catherine Keener (left) as Susette Kelo, whose Supreme Court battle to save her home led to a landmark decision.
The Holdout: Catherine Keener (left) as Susette Kelo, whose Supreme Court battle to save her home led to a landmark decision.Courtesy of Korchula Productions

A Hollywood movie about eminent domain—you have to love it. The drama, heartbreak, and nail-biting suspense of urban planning, up on the big screen.

It helps that the heroine of the new film Little Pink House is out of central casting. Susette Kelo, a single mom and paramedic, was a classic holdout, refusing to go along with the government’s grand plans for redevelopment in the struggling waterfront city of New London, Connecticut. Played by Catherine Keener (in a Hollywood footnote, Brooke Shields was once interested in the role), Kelo fought City Hall and took her case all the way to the Supreme Court.