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Spring Forward (1999)

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As the seasons change in a Connecticut town, two men of different age and backgrounds who work together outdoors for the local park system, share thoughts and feelings that gradually deepen into a relationship approaching father and son. Paul is just out of prison for armed robbery, assigned to work with Murph, a middle-aged vet whose grown son Bobby is dying. Paul is trying to control his temper and build a spiritual side based on reading. Murph is a down-to-earth Sancho Panza to Paul's more ethereal ideas. And Murphy seems to need forgiveness for mistakes as a dad. As Murphy's retirement approaches and winter sets in, the men talk and love blossoms. Written by <>

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Rated R for language and some drug content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

8 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kitörés  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,269 (USA) (8 December 2000)


$102,353 (USA) (25 May 2001)

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Murph leans on the freshly painted fence with both forearms but when he moves back from the fence, there is no paint on his forearms. See more »


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Touching, compelling and simple--a marvelous film
10 December 2002 | by (Peoria, Illinois) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that touches you deeply. It also is a reminder we've only scratched the surface when it comes to telling positive stories on film. The blockbuster mentality buries so much good and meaningful material. I doubt if this film made money but may it run forever on video, DVD or whatever the next conveyance might be. Ned Beatty and Liev Schreiber are both brilliant in this delightful story.

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