MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,036 this week

Cross Creek (1983)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 1,041 users  
Reviews: 24 user | 2 critic

In 1930's Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 91 titles
created 22 Mar 2011
 
a list of 212 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 111 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 31 titles
created 1 week ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 5 days ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Cross Creek" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Cross Creek (1983)

Cross Creek (1983) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Cross Creek.
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Swandown (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Swandown is a travelogue and odyssey of Olympian ambition; a poetic film-diary in which Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair pedal a swan-shaped pedalo from the seaside in Hastings to Hackney in London, via the English inland waterways.

Director: Andrew Kotting
Stars: Anonymous Bosch, Philippe Ciompi, Marcia Farquhar
House Calls (1978)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Charley is a surgeon who's recently lost his wife; he embarks on a tragicomic romantic quest with one woman after another until he meets up with Ann, a singular woman, closer to his own age... See full summary »

Director: Howard Zieff
Stars: Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Art Carney
Pontiac Moon (1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An absent-minded-professor father and his son bond during a symbolic road trip through the Western U.S. while his wife tries to overcome her neuroses to save the family.

Director: Peter Medak
Stars: Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Ryan Goldstein
Back Roads (1981)
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A prostitute and a drifter find themselves bound together as they make their way through the rural South, doing what they have to do to survive.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Keith
Thirteen at Dinner (TV Movie 1985)
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An American movie actress, best known for playing dumb blondes, is Scotland Yard's prime suspect when her husband, Lord Edgware, is murdered. The great detective, Hercule Poirot, digs deeper into the case.

Director: Lou Antonio
Stars: Peter Ustinov, Faye Dunaway, David Suchet
Comedy | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

At first, Dr. Sidney Schaefer feels honored and thrilled to be offered the job of the President's Analyst. But then the stress of the job and the paranoid spies that come with a sensitive ... See full summary »

Director: Theodore J. Flicker
Stars: James Coburn, Godfrey Cambridge, Severn Darden
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Unassuming and single thirty-three year old Tillie Shlain is at that phase of her life of being known as a soon to be spinster if she doesn't marry soon. She isn't looking forward to ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, Geraldine Page
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Henry Thomas is out on parole in a small Texan town and, in the evenings, he is the lead singer in a band. He is being pressured by his foster mother to give up his singing and go back to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Steve McQueen, Lee Remick, Don Murray
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Summoned by an Indian princess, Tarzan travels to India where hundreds of wild elephants are in danger. A company is building a hydroelectric dam and the contractors have only a few weeks ... See full summary »

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Jock Mahoney, Leo Gordon, Mark Dana
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The international criminal Vinaro enjoys sending explosive wristwatches to his enemies. Here he kidnaps ten-year-old Ramel whom he thinks can lead him to the lost city of gold. Tarzan ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Mike Henry, David Opatoshu, Manuel Padilla Jr.
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Ferdinando Baldi
Stars: Sofia Dionisio, Massimo Foschi, Dana Ghia
Skin Deep (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Drama set in the glamorous but bitchy and cut-throat world in the fashion industry.

Directors: Mark Joffe, Chris Langman
Stars: Briony Behets, Antoinette Byron, Angelo D'Angelo
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Norton Baskin
...
Ellie Turner
...
...
Mrs. Turner
...
Paul
...
Floyd Turner
...
Tim's Wife
Bo Rucker ...
Leroy
...
Charles Rawlings
...
Tim
Tommy Alford ...
Postal Clerk
Norton Baskin ...
Man in the Rocking Chair
Terrence Gehr ...
Store Keeper
Edit

Storyline

In 1930's Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The true story about the woman who wrote "The Yearling"! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 October 1983 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Cross Creek - Ich kämpfe um meine Freiheit  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$200,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The fiddle tunes Rip Torn's character plays, and the style in which they are played, are authentic to the region and era. They are based closely on recordings of Cush Holston, an old time fiddler who was from rural north Florida and recorded at an advanced age at a folk festival in 1960. The tune Torn sings is Holston's "Coon Dog," and the instrumental he plays before this is also from Holston, "Have a Hood Time Tonight." The actual playing for the film was done by a Florida old time musician who had studied and researched the music of Holston. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: [voiceover] My journey to maturity began in New York, in 1928. I was married to Charles Rawlings, the newspaper man and yachting enthusiast. I had been trying to write stories that I thought would be most likely to sell - gothic romances were extremely popular - and I had written dozens. I was desperate to express myself. Even as a child I'd been consumed with the desire to be a writer.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' (1996) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Retreat in the Backlands
31 December 2002 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings took to the backwoods of Florida in 1927 to work on her literary projects.

She left behind a husband who was unwilling to relocate, and fashioned a working studio in the most rural of southern locations.

The trials she experienced, both creatively and physically, are depicted in this slow-moving, yet well-intentioned enactment.

Filmed in lovely Technicolor in Marion and Alachna Counties, Florida by John Alonzo, to the accompaniment of a lush score by Leonard Roseman, the movie attempts to capture Rawling's varied experiences in pursuit of her writing goals.

Like many films of true-to-life creative artists, one has little factual evidence as to the accuracy of this tale. The challenges Rawlings faced in attempting to first write her "Gothic novel" and getting rejected by a publisher, are carefully acted out.

Only when she changes her subject to that which she is actually experiencing there in Florida does her publisher accept the manuscript.

Since there's not much dramatic about a writer "pecking away" at a typewriter, the script finds other things to depict. When a local girl has an emotional "turn" involving a pet deer, and when the focus is on our heroine's saving her farm crops from devastation, another plot begins to be recalled.

One realizes this is the story of the woman who finally wrote the beloved family classic, "The Yearling."

The film version of that novel, after a failed attempt in the early forties with Spencer Tracy, was finally brought to the screen in 1946 by Director Clarence Brown, with Gregory Peck. That movie captures the essence of Rawlings' work, again in a beautiful Florida setting.

"Cross Creek" may perhaps appear to lack focus or be too deliberately paced for some tastes. At the same time, it has its heart in the right place in expressing Rawlings' unusual "artist retreat," as well as her steadfast dedication to her craft.

For those who think writing is easy, this may be a stark awakening as to the tenacity it often takes to birth a respectable literary work.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
True to life? sarah-dexter
Looking for a song from the movie amonduced
Soundtrack Announcement - Limited Edition! Allardyce99
Norton Baskin's chair dlbinder
Help with characters dclady55
Discuss Cross Creek (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?