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Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

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

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Monte Man
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Len Files
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Alana Files
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Don Biderman
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John Sullivan
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Harry Doolin (as Timmy Reifsnyder)
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Mrs. Gerber
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Mr. Oliver
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Richie O'Rourke (as Joe T. Blankenship)
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Willie Shearman
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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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Drama | Mystery

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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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Nostalgia del pasado  »

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Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,021,494, 30 September 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,185,781, 2 December 2001
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2.35 : 1
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Scott Hicks notes that a real moth appears at a porch light at 12:09 when Bobby first talks with Ted, but at 12:18 and 12:26 digital moths are shown as part of several things done to make the scene appear more realistic, even though it was shot on a set, due to the restrictions Anton Yelchin's age imposed on his participation in night shooting. Despite using a moth wrangler (not specifically cited in the credits), only one real moth made it into the film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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Thanks to the citizens of Richmond and Staunton, Virginia See more »

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Features The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Sleep Walk
(1959)
Written by Ann Farina, Johnny Farina, Santo Farina
Performed by Santo & Johnny
Courtesy of BMG Records S.p.A.
Under license from BMG Special Markets
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GREAT FILM!!!!
20 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie was a great surprise! I never read the Stephen King novel that this film comes from, but as always, King has crafted an intriguing and absorbing story.

Anthony Hopkins never disappoints and his performance as Ted Brautigan here is no different.

Brautigan lives upstairs from young Bobby Garfield and his widowed mother and a friendship soon develops between Bobby and Ted. Bobby knows that there is something different about Ted, and the bond between them grows when Bobby starts uncovering some of Ted's secrets. Bobby's father passed away when he was very young and he has no knowledge of who his father was except the word of his neglectful mother that his father was a drunkard and gambler. Bobby, through Ted learns a lot about his father, and more importantly, himself.

I don't want to give away too much of the plot of this wonderful movie, especially if like me you have not read the book. This is a thoughtful, insightful, well written and well acted movie and is definitely a part of my own library.

Dont miss Hearts in Atlantis.. you will be sorry if you do!! 8/10


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