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How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 6 October 1995 (USA)
Bride-to-be Finn Dodd hears tales of romance and sorrow from her elders as they construct a quilt.

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Finn is a young graduate student, finishing a master's thesis, and preparing for marriage to her fiance Sam. But thoughts of the end of the free life, and a potential summer fling, intrude. She goes home to her grandmother, where, over the making of her wedding gift by a group of quilting-bee friends, laughter, bickering, love, and advice lead her toward a more open-eyed examination of her course. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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There's beauty in the patterns of life.

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of drug use, some sensuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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6 October 1995 (USA)  »

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Recuerdos de amores pasados  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$23,574,130 (USA)
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Alrhough they share no scenes together, the film reunites three actresses from Little Women (1994): Winona Ryder, Samantha Mathis, and Claire Danes. Winona Ryder would later star in Girl, Interrupted (1999) which also starred Jared Leto. See more »

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When Finn meets Leon at the pool for the first time, she sometimes is shown to be wearing a towel around her waist, and other times there's no towel...(during the same conversation) See more »

Quotes

Finn: Sometimes love simply dies.
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Referenced in Charmed: How to Make a Quilt Out of Americans (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Anvil Chorus
from "Il Trovatore"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Words by Salvatore Cammarano
Performed by the Robert Shaw Chorale and the RCA Victor Orchestra
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This Quilt of Intricately Woven Stories Warms the Soul
16 August 2005 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

When Berkeley graduate student Finn decides to spend some time away from her live-in boyfriend, and moves in with her grandmother and great aunt for the summer, while finishing her master's thesis, she gets an important and heart-warming lesson about love and commitment. Finn's grandmother and great aunt are members of a quilting bee, and their group (whose members have known each other for a long time) decide that their latest project should have the theme of "where love resides." As the quilt is made, each woman remembers significant events in their lives which relate to love and the joy and pain that it brings. Each woman brings her own perspective to the nature of love, from Anna (who signs off on men completely after a bad experience)to her daughter Marianne (who cannot settle on just one man). Some of the women have been cheated on, some have done the cheating, while others just let love die.

Along the way, Finn faces temptation in the form of Leon, a smoldering hunk who pursues her in spite of knowing that she is taken. At the same time, Finn must come to terms with her parents' failed marriage, as she decides whether to accept her boyfriend's marriage proposal.

Inspite of the pains that the women have suffered in the name of love, the movie does not in any way bash love or marriage (which has recently become popular). It is a beautifully made film, and while it is definitely a "chick flick," it might also appeal to the more romantically minded guy.


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