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The Hanging Garden (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  7 November 1997 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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


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 <>

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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  »

Box Office


CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$45,830 (USA) (7 November 1997)


$925,756 (USA) (10 July 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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how wonderful!
13 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just caught this movie on cable and loved it immediately. Troy Veinotte did a fabulous job, he broke my heart in that role. I wish he'd do more work, or at least show up here and there. I can't seem to locate any interviews he's done, and Hanging Garden seems to be his only role to date.

We want more Troy! I think that boy is just flat out adorable.

The entire movie is now one of my all time favorites. I'll be watching this at least once every six months or so.

I understand that it was a very difficult role for Troy to tackle, but I'm beyond appreciative of the work he did there. Someone needs to nudge him to do more projects.

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