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Shadows of the Past (1999)
"Abilene" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  13 March 1999 (USA)
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When he finds out that his estranged brother is dying, a proud but stubborn old man decides to drive in his lawnmower all the way to the far away hospital. Local sheriff keeps helping him along the way and they start to form a bond.

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Hotis Brown
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Emmeline Brown
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Bernie
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Betty
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Arliss
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Reverend Tillis
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Etta
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Shirley
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Tinker
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When he finds out that his estranged brother is dying, a proud but stubborn old man decides to drive in his lawnmower all the way to the far away hospital. Local sheriff keeps helping him along the way and they start to form a bond.

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Stunning, sad, uplifting and inspiring
27 April 1999 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

"Abilene" is a stunningly beautiful film that is poignant and uplifting. Ernest Borgnine and Kim Hunter are achingly real (and Oscar worthy) as Hotis and Emmaline, two people who are coming to terms with their past. Supporting roles by Park Overall, and James Morrison parallel the lead parts and give the film depth and generational dimension.

Joe Camp III's screenplay is subtle, humorous, and true. It is a rare treat compared to the dull, exposition heavy, SFX reliant films that have become commonplace. Camp is also talented and promising as a new director. I am already anticipating his next film.

With the recent glut of soulless "evil teen" films, "Abilene" is a deeply gratifying and refreshing change. And one that will certainly be very well growing number of older people in the USA. However, distributors need not fear that the film is limited to the older market. I am 27 years old and I loved it, and I know that most of my friends will too. A great story like this has no age limit.


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