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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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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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$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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Scott Hicks said that one of the hardest things of all was to get Anton Yelchin to laugh in the scene where Ted imitates a fart (commentary at 14:55). Anton was raised in an atmosphere where laughing with an open mouth was impolite, so it was not natural for him to do so, even when, during Anton's close-up of the shot, Sir Anthony Hopkins barked like a dog. Anton was not enjoined from grinning, such as from 48:41 to 48:42 where, in an "off-camera" moment, the camera caught him grinning after Scott had said "cut" and the filmmakers liked the effect. See more »

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Set in 1960, but when Bobby is reading the newspaper, he reads about Nixon running for Vice President, which he did in 1952 and 1956. Later, on the radio they played Only You from the Platters, which came out in 1955. 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 Lighter Than Hare (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

So Many Roads, So Many Trains
(1960)
Written by Marshall Paul
Performed by Otis Rush
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Very Intriguing & Haunting Story
1 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

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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