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The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 9 May 1999
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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.


Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Sarah McClellan
Christian Nelson
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 <mvg@whidbey.com>

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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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The epitome of innocence
23 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

I think this is a very under-rated movie. It won't appeal to many people perhaps, but for a safe, wholesome, pure, lovely movie about the unattractiveness of selfishness, there's few better. The plot is simple but effective, the speed slow, there's no action, no violence, no comedy, no special effects, little drama even (but watching the trailer above reminded me that there's more in the movie than I remembered).

I went away from the movie more relaxed than perhaps from any other that I've ever seen.

For those who want artificial excitement to escape for a while, go elsewhere. For those who want to have their high standards and morals encouraged, go out of your way to watch this once in your life.

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