The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Drama  |  9 May 1999 (USA)
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A 91 year old carpenter (Sidney Poitier), who is still in completely good health, has to fight developers who are trying to force him to sell his land.


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Credited cast:
Noah Dearborn
Sarah McClellan
Christian Nelson
Roxzane T. Mims ...
Noah's Mother
Noah's Father
8-year-old Noah
Christopher Ryan Dunn ...
10-year-old Noah
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mrs. Lewis
Robert Murphy
Von Coulter ...
Dr. Hartman


Sitting on 35 acres of Georgia land coveted by a shopping mall developer, 90+years-old Noah Dearborn is untainted by modern life. He's never heard of the Beatles, and his only interest is his woodworking, in which he excels. The girlfriend of one of the developers is a psychologist, and is asked to evaluate Noah for a possible move to have him declared incompetent. But she soon falls under his spell of a simple life and becomes his ally in his fight to keep his land. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »




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9 May 1999 (USA)  »

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Das Leben ist was Wunderbares  »

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Wonderful Overall Movie
29 December 1999 | by (De Pere, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I thought that this movie was a wonderful feel good movie. The performances by all of the characters were incredible. Seeing a movie like this makes me enjoy watching movies when others trash up the screen. Sidney Poitier again shows why he has helped to shape the guidelines that actors strive to achieve. Thanks to anyone connected with this movie.

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