A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day.
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
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Scott Hicks mentions (commentary at 01:31:46) that the "11" on the window after the flashback ends was meant to tell the viewer that Bobby Garfield recalled the entire flashback in only seconds of real time before the condensation on the window evaporated. See more »
The movie is clearly set in the summer of 1960, because Nixon has just been nominated for Republican candidate for Presidency. But when Bobby is reading the sports from the newspapers, he reads that Wills is going after Cobb's record. The year that Maury Wills challenged and eclipsed Ty Cobb's stolen base record was 1962. See more »
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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Thanks to the citizens of Richmond and Staunton, Virginia See more »
I don't care for "coming-of-age" movies but this is a mixture of that along with a suspenseful story of an older man trying to keep his anonymity. Anthony Hopkins plays the latter and is riveting, as always. His character, "Ted Brautigan" is not an easy guy to figure out, but he has to be mysterious in order to keep away from the bogey-man bad guys called "low men." That sounds goofy but if you watch the film, you know what I mean. The only things I didn't care for are the typical Liberal bias with cheap shots against Richard Nixon, J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, all bad guys according to all liberal filmmakers. Also, some paranormal baloney was inserted, and wasn't needed.
The kids - Anton Yelchin and Mika Bororem - are good, especially Yelchin, who has a far bigger role. It's nice to see a kid (Yelchin's character "Bobby Garfield," actually listening to an adult, as he does here.) The romance between the two kids is handled well, not sappy.
I very much enjoyed the cinematography. It's a wonderfully rich-colored film with a touch of film noir in spots with the cobbled street shots at night.
Finally, this was a film that moved me with it sadness.
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