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A Japanese-American fisherman may have killed his neighbor Carl at sea. In the 1950's, race figures in the trial. So does reporter Ishmael.

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Nels Gudmundsson (as Max Von Sydow)
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Judge Fielding
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Susan Marie Heine
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Carl Heine Jr.
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Etta Heine
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Carl Heine Sr. (as Daniel Von Bargen)
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Hisao Imada
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Fujiko Imada
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Carl, a fisherman in the waters off Washington state, has been found dead, drowned in his own nets, but with a serious head wound. Was he murdered? Post-war anti-Japanese sentiments are still running high, and a murder suspect is found in the local Japanese-American community in the form of Kabuo, another fisherman, who had a grudge against Carl's family. Ishmael, the small town's newspaperman, may have the information that would acquit Kabuo, but can he ever put his jilted love for Hatsue (Kazuo's wife) aside? Written by Martin Lewison <mlewison@utk.edu>

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, sensuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£30,243 (UK) (12 May 2000)

Gross:

£30,243 (UK) (12 May 2000)
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The accused's name in the novel was Kabuo Miyamoto, while in the movie it was changed to Kazuo. See more »

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A Coast Guard form (reporting weather and shipping messages) shown in the lighthouse scene lists the Coast Guard as part of the Department of Transportation. The Coast Guard was under the Department of the Treasury until 1967. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sheriff Art Moran: So did any more of you guys see Carl out of ship channel bank last night?
Ishmael Chambers: What do you want to know for?
Sheriff Art Moran: Only to see if somebody talked to him.
Ishmael Chambers: Just went sour on me when the fog rolled. I got the hell out of there.
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Moon over Burma
Written by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander), Frank Loesser
Performed by Dorothy Lamour
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Graceful
5 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films that needs to be seen a second time to pick up on the subtleties of the plot. It is a feast for the eyes and features outstanding acting. It also has a sense of balance. It doesn't manipulate its viewer. The murder mystery isn't one that brings in forces that threaten the main character. The forces are prejudice and fear. The adversaries are not people carrying guns but rather the legal system that often overlooked the rights of people of another race or ethnic background. The internment camps are part of the backdrop. I know that people say this is slow, but so is the process these people faced. I loved the intellectual character of the young man who has to look past his own feeling and try to bring closure to someone he will never be able to have. The transitions are so breathtaking. The winter scenes are a portrait of softness and violence. My wife had read the book upon which this is based and said that the movie might be interesting. Apparently, the producers were unwilling to go the extra mile to get this noticed. It's a gem and deserves to be on a list of very fine movies.


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