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The Book of Ruth (2004)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  19 May 2004 (USA)
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The tensions that arise when a newlywed has her new husband move into the home of her oppressive mother.

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Maylene
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Ruth
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Ruby
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Aunt Syd
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DeeDee
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Arty
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Det. Shepard
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Lou
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Academically brilliant Mark was his family's pride and joy, if not the whole small town's, but ultimately triumphantly leaves for MIT. Then his single mother Maylene, who never got over losing their father Willard, has to transfer her attention to gray mouse Ruth. half-wit local 'bad boy' Ruben 'Ruby Doll' becomes Ruth's lover and moves in, but domineering Maylene treats him like unwelcome trash. That changes when the love birds are pregnant, but Maylene soon imposes her standards for raising grandson Justy, leading to a grim climax. Written by KGF Vissers

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El libro de Ruth  »

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While Maylene, was calling the police, Ruby knocked the phone from her hands, and minutes later, the phone appeared while he was choking her. See more »

Quotes

DeeDee: [offscreen] ... two whole days!
Maylene: [hands her a drink she poured] Here, drink up, DeeDee; it's good for the nerves.
DeeDee: [shaking head] Probably hooked up with some trucker and is off gone on down the interstate.
Maylene: Oh, honey...
DeeDee: Aren't you going to have one?
Maylene: Oh, no.
[raises hand in refusal]
Maylene: Never before 5:00.
[DeeDee speaks indistinctly while Ruth is shown in the background, with a voiceover]
Ruth: My mother's friend DeeDee thought Maylene had a TV show life.
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Truly touching and compelling
4 May 2004 | by (Bryan, Texas) – See all my reviews

This movie teaches the great importance of finding ones self and making your own way. It shows how much someone can influence you and how you may not see that influence until they are gone. Christine Lahti is fabulous in this. She portrays a cold hearted widow that takes out her pain and past mistakes on her soft spoken daughter Ruth played by Nicolle Tom. Nicolle also does a great job, very different from Maggie she played on The Nanny.She is very deep and emotional, not typical of her previous roles. I hope to see her in more films soon. I really enjoyed this movie. One to watch with your mom, after seeing Maylene you might really appreciate yours! I hope they show this one again soon!


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