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Complete credited cast:
Gideon Oliver Dobbs
Addison Sinclair
Leo Barnes
Elly Morton
Harland Greer
Mrs. Willows
Jean MacLemore
Alan Longhurst
Coleman Walker
Dr. Richard Willows
Billy Ray Turner
Jacob Titleman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mr. Taylor


Gideon Dobbs is young, simple-minded man who checks into a retirement home where he finds the residents have lost their lust for life. Through his innocence he changes their lives and teaches them that each day is a precious gift. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

26 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gideon's Web  »

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Addison Sinclair: You have a modest humor, Gideon. I appreciate that. So many men today are filled with their own self-importance. They wear their success and intellect for the world to see. But they are merely shields. A true man is not afraid to show himself... his inner self. He relies on who he is, rather than what he is. I have always thought that one should move through life accumulating silent victories. I believe that you are such a man, Gideon. One who walks the quiet road.
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »


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Composed by Ray Davies
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Why Doesn't Hollywood Produce More Like This!
4 March 2003 | by (Spring, TX) – See all my reviews

Gideon is an unusual film. Not because the plot material is that unusual (and, in a sense it is) but because it is a film that is character driven! My gosh, that's really unusual in these days of car chases, brutal murders, sexual peek-a-boos, etc. This is a film about PEOPLE! Just ordinary people doing ordinary things, except they are OLD (gee, another taboo that film makers seem to ignore -- people do get old -- it's a part of living). The fact they are old drives the story concerning a relative "youngster" named Gideon who comes to live with them in their retirement home. The simple approach that Gideon takes gives these people new hope. They no longer count the days till they die, Gideon awakens in them the joy of living again.

The cast (look at it, and see a whole lot of famous old stars) is absolutely wonderful, each doing an Oscar winning performance (but they'll not get the award because this film is too simple -- no "bang for the buck.") They will all make you laugh and they will make you cry and they will make you care about the character they protray. That's the secret of this straight-forward little film. You will REALLY CARE what happens to all these people. You will know them before Gideon transforms them, and afterward, and each will come out of their encounter with Gideon a better person than they were before they met him. I just wish that they would put this film on a DVD so I could add it to my collection. But, it is so obscure it's not even offered on video. What a shame -- it is a classic film in the grand tradition! If you haven't seen it, try somehow to see it -- but that's gonna be tough because it's just not available anywhere.

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