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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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What a deeply touching story.
7 March 2003 | by (Oshkosh, WI, USA) – See all my reviews

Noah is a carpenter who lives on 35 acres that a big real estate giant wants to build one of their cheesy malls on. This man effects people in one of two ways, either their lives are changed forever or they just don't get it. You feel sorry for the ones that don't get it but not very sorry. Sidney Poitier is as hauntingly charismatic in this film as he was in "Lilies of the field" the first time I saw him in films. This is a good film to relax and enjoy and ponder how beautiful the earth is and how wise Noah is.

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