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The Basket (1999)

 -  Drama  -  5 May 2000 (USA)
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A picturesque Pacific Northwest community raising its wheat and children in the midst of a nation reeling from World War I sets the stage for The Basket. In a time of pain and prejudice ... See full summary »

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Martin Conlon
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Bessie Emery
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Helmut Brink (as Robert Karl Burke)
Amber Willenborg ...
Brigitta Brink
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Nicholas Emery
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Tom Emery
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Nathan Emery
Casey Cowan ...
Samuel Emery
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Reverend Simms
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Frederick Treadway
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Agnes
Jack Bannon ...
Marcus
Elwon Bakly ...
Ben Emery
Joey Travolta ...
Charlie Cohn
Paul Hostetler ...
Old Helmut Brink
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A picturesque Pacific Northwest community raising its wheat and children in the midst of a nation reeling from World War I sets the stage for The Basket. In a time of pain and prejudice woven against a background of beauty, The Basket ultimately points to triumph and hope in a changing America. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for some mild violence and brief language | See all certifications »
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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$61,300 (USA) (5 May 2000)

Gross:

$609,042 (USA) (27 April 2001)
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The music for the opera Der Korb used in the film was composed by co-writer/composer Don Caron of Spokan who mentions in the featurette "Behind the Basket: Composing" that as the screenplay was developed, a story for the opera was also developed. He started composing some of the music during the three year process of writing the script, but the bulk of the music was composed in the six weeks after the movie was posted. The record booklet shown in the film at 16:06 shows the composer as Gottlieb Mueller, possibly taken from Christian Gottlieb Müller, the first music composition teacher of Richard Wagner. See more »

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When the students are saying the Pledge of Allegiance in class, they are holding their hands over their hearts. Until 1942 the prescribed body posture was to hold the right arm straight out, palm down, while reciting the Pledge. Congress authorized this change because this "American salute" was identical to the Nazi salute. See more »

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[last lines]
[quoted from a German opera retold during the story]
Martin Conlon: Together we shall fly.
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The Basket Soundtrack
Composed by Don Caron
Performed by The Hungarian Symphony Orchestra
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Move over Hollywood, here comes tri-cities plus Latah!
16 December 1999 | by (Healdsburg California) – See all my reviews

I have read many reviews and they are all very positive. I would like to stress the point that it is not just a very sweet movie that is suitable for the whole family. I enjoyed it for the character development, authenticity, historical accuracy and illustration of both sides to a very difficult situation facing these people. The movie did not try to portray anyone as totally evil or good, right or wrong. That period of American history has always seemed a bit fuzzy to me and the film created an incredibly sharp view of America that would be of great interest to anyone. Beautifully photographed, interesting characters, humor, tragedy, mystery, nostalgia and history without cloying sweetness or the typical Hollywood "embellishments!" The "whole" family will enjoy this movie not because of what's "not" in it, but because of what "is" in it! The cast is a superb blend of "known" with "unknown" actors to flesh out multiple stories. This is what makes it a movie for the whole family. Every family member will have a character or story they can relate to while they watch them all come together at the end of the film.


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