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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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28 September 2001 (USA)  »

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£110,793 (UK) (8 March 2002)
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In the scene on the porch where Bobby first reads the newspaper to Ted who asks him "Have you kissed her (Carol Gerber) yet?", Scott Hicks points out (commentary at 24:29) that the shot at the end of the scene, a close up of Bobby over Ted's shoulder in which Anthony Hopkins ad-libbed the line "But you will kiss her" was included during editing because of Anton Yelchin's response: a glance up with wide eyes with his right eye quickly narrowing to a glare (at around 24 mins). See more »

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(at around 31 mins) A school bus with a retractable stop sign attached to its side stops and then continues on. School buses did not start using that design until the 1980s. 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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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 »

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References The Green Mile (1999) See more »

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Wouldn't've missed a minute of it.
16 March 2003 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

To many, Stephan King is a well of horror, Lovecraftian chill that creeps upon us in the dead of night. So when his fantasy of insight comes along, they are struck blind, disappointed, let down by the mildness of the tale.

Director Hicks, screenplay writer Goldman, and the superlative team of Mr. Hopkins and young Yelchin have brought alive this artist's touch of Mr. King, in a finely crafted, sensitive film that just departs from the four walls of our mundane reality. In many subtle touches throughout the film, we -- even those of us Constant Readers who would read Mr. King's laundry list if he published it -- are guided through Goldman's skillful adaptation of the original novel.

Better than the book? Worse? No, this humble viewer will just say that the film can stand on its own, if we are just willing to let our eyes be opened to what can be.


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