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The Basket (1999)

PG | | Drama | 5 May 2000 (USA)
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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Cast

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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
Jock MacDonald ...
Nicholas Emery
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Tom Emery
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Nathan Emery
Casey Cowan ...
Samuel Emery
Tony Lincoln ...
Reverend Simms
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Frederick Treadway
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Agnes
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Marcus
Elwon Bakly ...
Ben Emery
Joey Travolta ...
Charlie Cohn
Paul Hostetler ...
Old Helmut Brink
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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild violence and brief language | See all certifications »
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5 May 2000 (USA)  »

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A varázskosár  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$61,300 (USA) (7 May 2000)

Gross:

$609,042 (USA) (29 April 2001)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At the Waterville "train station", director Rich Cowan and director of photography Dan Heigh mention (DVD commentary) that the locomotive didn't work, so the train couldn't move. Production designer, Vincent DeFelice, mentions in the featurette "Behind the Basket: Designing" that some of the horses that were to pull the Emerys' wagon as they meet the train were sent to a different location, so to stay on schedule the scene was shot with staff out of camera range pulling the wagon by hand. See more »

Goofs

When we see the envelope Mr. Conlon is mailing (04:38), it shows the 2-letter state abbreviations for Washington and Massachusetts. These weren't adopted until 1963, when zip codes were introduced. More likely, the abbreviations would have been Wash. and Mass. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
[quoted from a German opera retold during the story]
Martin Conlon: Together we shall fly.
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Crazy Credits

"You Name It" ... Mike Cassell Thanks to ... All the Babysitters See more »

Soundtracks

The Basket Soundtrack
Composed by Don Caron
Performed by The Hungarian Symphony Orchestra
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Excellent!
19 February 2001 | by (Seattle, WA, USA) – See all my reviews

The Basket is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It was not only beautifully filmed, but the story was as deep as you looked. It didn't need fancy special effects or thrills - just solid film making at it's best.

I actually stumbled on this film. My wife and I heard about this movie via word of mouth that it was a must see. Two weeks later by some stroke of luck it was playing at our local theater. When the movie ended I couldn't help to think what happened with the distribution of this movie. It deserves much more screen time and exposure than it has received. If I hadn't heard about this movie from a friend, I may never have seen it. It was Fantastic!

This sleeper deserves to be seen, I enjoyed it as much as "Life is Beautiful" that got so much aclaim.

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this film and strongly recommend it.


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