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

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

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

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£110,793 (UK) (8 March 2002)
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The book "Hearts in Atlantis" is actually a collection of five stories (in order, 'Low Men in Yellow Coats', 'Hearts in Atlantis', 'Blind Willie', 'Why We're in Vietnam', and 'Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling'), across different time eras with different characters. Scott Hicks notes (commentary at 29:31) that screenwriter William Goldman had taken quite a few liberties with the material to narrow its scope and focus. Since the first and last stories were the only two in which Bobby appeared, but were forty years apart in time, Goldman used the first story as a flashback bookended between two parts of the last story and discarded the other three stories. See more »

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When Bobby picks up the payphone, we hear a modern dial tone (at around 1h 21 mins). That tone was not introduced until the late-1960s, along with the introduction of touch-tone dialing. See more »

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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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Everything's Gonna Be Alright
(1959)
Written by Little Walter (as Walter Jacobs)
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Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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