A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in ... See full summary »

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A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in better conditions. However, with this particularly tough farming season, the boy learns that his challenges guide him in discovering who he really is. Written by Anonymous

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Desperate Times, hard truths, unexpected dangers. One extraordinary summer will change a young boy and his family...forever.

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: A Painted House (#52.3)  »

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The town scenes were filmed in Lepanto, AR and many residents of the city served as extras in the movies. See more »

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When the soda fountain worker give the customer a fountain drink, the seltzer from the spigot comes out brown. Seltzer is clear. All fountain drinks, including Coca Cola, required a squirt of flavored syrup then the cup was held under the fountain spigot. The clerk would push the handle back for a pressurized squirt to mix the clear seltzer and syrup then would pull the handle forward to fill the glass. See more »

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Has the writer ever visited the South?
12 September 2004 | by (Ky) – See all my reviews

I really have to wonder if the man who wrote this had ever been to the South-- not Grisham, but the script writer who adapted it for the screen. Just because we have an accent doesn't mean we're ignorant. We don't say "boy" at the end of every sentence and never in my life have I heard anyone say "Where the

Pete's sake did you find her?" "Pete's sake" is reserved for exclamatory remarks such as "Well, for Pete's sake." "Where the sam hill" would have worked better or "where on earth."

My guess is also, judging by the fake accents (almost on par with the hideous attempt Nicole Kidman makes in Cold Mountain, but not quite that bad) that

some of the actors have never visited the South either, which would be why they didn't catch the constrained dialogue.

This movie is basically a non-Southerner's attempt to make a Southern movie.

As far as that goes, spend your two hours watching O Brother Where Art Thou or Steel Magnolias instead--excellent Southern films done by strangers. But don't watch this movie looking for the South, because other than the grandma

passing out ice tea served on a tray, you won't see it.


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