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Marvin's Room (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama | 28 February 1997 (USA)
A leukemia patient attempts to end a twenty-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.

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Marvin
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Bob
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Dr. Charlotte
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Retirement Home Director
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Coral
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Lance
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Bruno
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Gas Station Guy (as Steve Dumouchel)
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Estranged since their father's first stroke some 17 years earlier, Lee and Bessie lead separate lives in separate states. Lee's son, Hank, finds himself committed to a mental institution after setting fire to his mother's house. His younger brother, Charlie, seems unfazed by his brother's eccentricities or his mother's seeming disinterest. When Lee comes to the asylum to spring Hank for a week in Florida so that he can be tested as a possible bone marrow donor for Bessie, Hank is incredulous. "I didn't even know you had a sister," he says. "Remember, every Christmas, when I used to say 'Well, looks like Aunt Bessie didn't send us a card again this year?'" "Oh yeah," Hank says. Meanwhile, Marvin, the two women's bedridden father, has "been dying for the past twenty years." "He's doing it real slow so I don't miss anything," Bessie tells Dr. Wally. In Bessie's regular doctor's absence, it has fallen to Dr. Wally to inform Bessie that she has leukemia and will die without a bone marrow ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,739, 22 December 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,782,508, 20 April 1997
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Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro were also in The Deer Hunter (1978) and Falling in Love (1984). See more »

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Near the end of the film, a black piece of cardboard is simply used for the photograph Lee notices of her mother while she is in the kitchen. See more »

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Bessie: Uh, Janine, I wonder if you could tell me how long I might have to wait, because I left Aunt Ruth at home in charge of dad, and...
Janine: You'll have to see Doctor Wally, because Doctor Serrot is on vacation.
[finishes typing "I quit" letter]
Bessie: See "Doctor who"?
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The producers wish to thank ... the staff and guests of Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, Orlando Florida, ... the residents and staff of The Florida Manor Nursing Home ... See more »

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Features The Love Bug (1968) See more »

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Concerto in A Major, Allegro Molto
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Oh what a difference a screenplay makes!!!!
14 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

I came across this movie on Netflix and thought I would give it a go! Surely a movie with Meryl Streep and Dianne Keaton wouldn't disappoint! It sure didn't! While the story has been done before in various formats it's the screenplay that makes this movie a real gem. The main three actors really do a great job. But with Streep, Keaton and DiCaprio one would expect nothing less. For me the the late Gwen Verdon steals the show. she really shows how comedy should be done. The scene with the orange is one that stands out. A mixture of comedy and heart wrenching reality showcases how underrated she has been. This for me should have definitely gained a nod in any supporting actress awards. This movie certainly won't change your life but it really does provide you with food for though about love, family and the importance of life! Give it a go. It won't disappoint.


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