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Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

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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:

£110,793 (UK) (8 March 2002)

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£110,793 (UK) (8 March 2002)
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Trivia

Scott Hicks mentions (commentary at 28:50) that the dialogue between Ted and Bobby for Nagurski's comeback game is complete invention by screenwriter William Goldman (who saw the game) and was not mentioned in Stephen King's text. It provided Hicks a cinematic means of emphasizing the bonding between Ted and Bobby, achieved through the performances of the actors, the camera slowly dollying in, and faint sounds of the action being described. 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 Stand by Me (1986) See more »

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So Many Roads, So Many Trains
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Written by Marshall Paul
Performed by Otis Rush
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The wonders of youth viewed through a prism
3 January 2003 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

There are two distinct dimensions to Stephen King's writing. On the one hand he is most widely known as the horror meister who can churn out novels quicker than most of us can go through toilet paper. Then there is the King who knows when to leave the schlock behind and tell a good, character driven, yarn.

This is the King who penned Hearts in Atlantis, along with similar captivating stories turned into film such as Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.

Told in flashback, it is the story of a young boy who is mentored by a psychically gifted border (Hopkins) with a shadowy past who is renting the upstairs room in his mother's house. He instructs the boy to be on the lookout for the "low men" who are persuing him. It tells the story of lives and loves lost in the fleeting wonder of youth. Filled with metaphor, this is a gem of a film. View it for the acting. View it for the cinematography. View it for the art direction. View it for the directing. But most of all, view it for the wonderful story that it is. It will captivate you and leave you wishing it would go on forever.


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