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Shadows in the Sun (2005)

The Shadow Dancer (original title)
An aspiring young writer (Jackson) tracks a literary titan (Keitel) suffering from writers block to his refuge in rural Italy and learns about life and love from the irascible genius and his daughters.




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An aspiring young writer (Jackson) tracks a literary titan (Keitel) suffering from writers block to his refuge in rural Italy and learns about life and love from the irascible genius and his daughters.

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In life, each man must find his own path.


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Release Date:

13 November 2005 (USA)  »

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Shadows in the Sun  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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[first lines]
Jeremy Taylor: You wanted to see me, sir?
Mr. Benton: You read The Times this morning?
Mr. Benton: Avershays Press announced a deal with Irving Gattinger.
Jeremy Taylor: Gattinger said that he was done with writing.
Mr. Benton: Yes. He hasn't written a book in 10 years.
Jeremy Taylor: It's a brilliant move. Based on name recognition alone, it'll be an instant bestseller.
Mr. Benton: Yes. What do you think about Weldon Parish?
Jeremy Taylor: Parish is one of my personal favorites. Why, are you thinking of signing him? The man hasn't written anything in 20 years.
Mr. Benton: All the more reason.
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References The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »


It's now or never
Written by Aaron Schröder
Performed by Paul Ansell
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Heartwarming, refreshingly non-offensive family classic in the make
19 November 2005 | by (East Peoria, IL) – See all my reviews

It was very nice to see the brilliant but often vulgar Harvey Keitel in such a breath of fresh air in newer movies. The plot, while typically formulaic and cheerier than life, is very interesting and captivating. There are a few scenes which are of the PG-13 variety, and a few mandatory obscenities, but overall the movie is done with great down-to-earthiness and honesty, and makes you really want to watch the whole thing.

Claire Forlani and Joshua Jackson are both relatively little-known actors in my mind, but each gives a likable, cozy performance worthy of mention. In fact, I am looking at their respective movie histories here now in order to have a few more good picks in mind the next time I order my Blockbuster Online movies.

Overall a very heartwarming, mildly comical family movie that I hope propels its actors and other participants on to further glory. See it.

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