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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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Noah Dearborn
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Sarah McClellan
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Christian Nelson
Roxzane T. Mims ...
Noah's Mother
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Silas
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8-year-old Noah
Christopher Ryan Dunn ...
10-year-old Noah
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Petrini
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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 <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »
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Quite a good surprise...
3 March 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I was rather sceptical before watching this film. I had seen so many crappy lovely plots of this kind in the past.

But I must admit this one positively surprised me. This film conveys great valors which people nearly forgot nowadays.

Sidney Poitier is really moving in this film. The kind of grandfather, brother, husband, whatever, that everyone would like to have. His kindness and inner sorrows make him someone really intelligent and touching. Mary-Louise Parker plays also very well. Through her behaviour and her thoughts, the viewer starts to understand why Noah Dearborn is such a wonderful person and what life should be made of.

The only thing I found quite disappointing about this film is the fact that they don't share any kiss on the mouth, which I've been waiting for till the end... :-)

But still, it remains a nice and well shot film. Worth seeing for sure !


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