Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  28 September 2001 (USA)
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A widowed mother and her son change when a mysterious stranger enters their lives.



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This is a gentle, innocent film about the reflections of an aging man, who returns to his home town after the death of his best friend. Memories of life at age 11 floods back as it was a magical time that changed his life. Three 11 year old children (Bobby, Carol, and Sully) share their lives. Carol and Bobby have a special affection for one another including sharing a kiss "by which all others will be measured". Bobby lives with his mother, a bitter, vain woman who looks for pleasures for herself without sharing much with her son. Into their lives comes a mysterious new boarder, who befriends the boy but generates distrust from the mother. As time passes, the man and boy share confidences and special powers are revealed. The man warns the boy to be on the lookout for the "lowmen", who were seeking him. The two share a summer's adventures and come to love one another before the inevitable happens. A confrontation with a school bully also changes everyone. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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What if one of life's great mysteries moved in upstairs?


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 September 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nostalgia del pasado  »

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Box Office


$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,021,494 (USA) (28 September 2001)


£110,793 (UK) (8 March 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Scott Hicks mentions (commentary at 09:14) that, in Stephen King's story, Ted and the Low Men were aliens from the Dark Tower Multiverse. That was something he just didn't want to go with in the film, preferring to center on the story in the human drama between the central characters. See more »


When Brautigan relates the story of Bronko Nagurski's return to football in 1943, he states that the Chicago Bears played the "crosstown Cardinals" (at around 52 mins). Everything about this story is factual except the opposing team was actually the Washington Redskins. See more »


[first lines]
Bobby Garfield (Adult): Whenever it wants, the past can come kicking the door down. And you never know where it's going to take you. All you can do is hope it's a place you want to go.
Bobby Garfield (Adult): [answering machine message] Hi, you have reached the Garfield family. Jill and the boys are away skiing, you can reach them on their various cellphones. Me, I'm going to be on the road for a few days. I'll be back Tuesday.
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WV Films LLC and WXFilm Partners L.P. is the author of this motion picture for the purposes of copyright and other laws See more »


Referenced in Everything's Eventual (2011) See more »


Come Fly With Me
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by James Darren
Courtesy of Concord Records Inc.
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An all around great film!
21 September 2001 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

What can I say, they've made another great Stephen King story into another great movie. Although it doesn't hurt to have the likes of Anthony Hopkins in your film to give it that stature and elegance. This film is one of those movies where you leave sad, but yet feeling good about everything, not many movies do this, some would include American Beauty and The Green Mile. The film is set in the backdrop of the 1960's where a strange man (Anthony Hopkins) moves into the apartment above a young boy and his mother. The boy quickly befriends the stranger and soon learns about the man's mysterious gift. I won't spoil anything for anyone because this is definitely a movie worth seeing and not knowing what happens before you go into it. Also I recommend reading the book, it is truly one of Stephen King's best.

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