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The Hanging Garden (1997)

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William, a once obese and depressed adolescent, is able to move past his teenage years when he moves to the city and comes out as being gay. When he returns home though, he can't cope with his memories.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Parsons ...
Little Sweet William
Troy Veinotte ...
Mark Austin ...
Fletcher (as Joel S. Keller)
Black-Eyed Susan
Christine Dunsworth ...
Seana McKenna ...
Joan Orenstein ...
Ashley MacIsaac ...
Jocelyn Cunningham ...
Jim Faraday ...
Mr. MacDougal


William, a once obese and troubled teen, goes back to his family's home after being gone, without word, for ten years and finds it (and his family) haunted with his past. He had moved to the city and become a fit, well-adjusted gay man, but during his visit home, he becomes unhinged as the newly remembered reasons for his miserable adolescence come to life in each of their presents. Written by Tom Hunt Brooks <thuntb@relaypoint.net>

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It's hard to go home... ten years after your death.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, language, and a scene of a hanging, and some teen drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El jardín colgante  »

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Box Office


CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,830, 9 November 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$925,756, 12 July 1998
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1.66 : 1
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Grace: [sending her grandchildren off to a school dance. To granddaughter Rosemary.] You got pockets? You carrying your protection with you?
Teen Rosemary: What?!
Grace: Started when your father was young. Every party dress had to have pockets.
[fetches something from her chest-of-drawers.]
Grace: Now ... Your hands. These'll keep you safe.
[lowers a rosary into Rosemary's open hands.]
Grace: Now, you feel some of that ... that hocus-pocus comin' into your body ... you don't have to worry.
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Petals in a Stream
Written by John Roby
Performed by Holly Cole
© 1997 Roby Music/Triptych Media Publishing
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One of the best films I have ever seen.
7 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

A lovely, intelligent film that challenges the viewer's assumptions about reality, while celebrating the power of memory and redemption. I have rarely been so moved by the beauty of a film, visually and verbally. The performances are real, the writing superb. It also boasts one of the most hilarious weddings in cinema history.

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