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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.

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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.

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27 October 1983 (Netherlands)  »

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Cross Creek - Ich kämpfe um meine Freiheit  »

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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 »

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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.
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Nothin' like a hard-headed woman
24 April 2004 | by (Tampa, Florida) – See all my reviews

I've done some studying of the life of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, which I think should be mandatory for any transplantee to Florida. I have lived in this beautiful state for nearly 40 years and have been blessed to do so in an area that once was as rural as the Cross Creek (located up near Ocala) depicted in this fine American classic. Rawlings was a tough lady with an exquisite eye for detail and once she learned to write about what she knew firsthand (a must for any writer), she opened up a whole new world to people. This film depicts her early days in the serene swamp she (Steenburgen) adopted as her home, and the self-examination one has to do to get to where they need to get in order to write effectively. Along the way, she makes friends with a colorful array of backwoods folks, including Rip Torn's brill interpretation of Marsh Turner and Alfre Woodard's awkwardly sincere Geechee. Ironically, the real Geechee was taller & plainer than the pretty Ms Woodard, but she gets the heart of the character down perfectly. I love the presentation of Tim & his young wife, the couple Rawlings based her first important short story -- "Jacob's Ladder"-- on; Hammond & Hudson are young, raw, & real in their brief yet necessary appearance. I wish that they had filmed JL at the same time with these two actors, it's such a great story.


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