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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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Aunt Syd
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Armour ...
Det. Shepard
Mr. Davidson
Mikal Grant ...
Bill Meilen ...
Mr. Kate
Bruce Pinard ...
Det. Ryan
Female sheriff


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 »


Policeman: [siren wails in the background and men speak as the camera is trained on a beaten, traumatized Ruth] Who called it in?
Policeman 2: A man across the way heard screams; said it wasn't the first time.
Policeman: I need to see him. So, what do we got?
Policeman 2: A dead body and a mute.
[walks over to Ruth]
Policeman 2: Talk to me, Ruth. Those bruises are pretty bad. How'd you get those bruises, Ruth? What happened, Ruth?
Ruth: [voiceover] I'm the only one that can tell the story from beginning to end. What it begins with is Maylene, my mother, and the ...
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A bit depressing, but very well acted and a bright glimmer in the end
3 May 2004 | by (Vancouver, bc) – See all my reviews

This movie is defintley for tv, but it was acted superbly. The mom makes it easy for you to hate her. Nicholle who plays Ruth, i was surprised she took this role. I guess she wants to take on bigger movies and bigger roles, and producers can see her acting abilities. i remember seeing her only on "the nanny" and "beethoven". Well, its worth watching this movie...but i should warn u... can u say depressing. but something about it makes u stay watching. just like about every other tv movie iv'e watched. ok theyre telling me i need more then 10 lines so ill go on. Her husband is soo ugly and wierd why would she marry that hyena. her deluded mom makes her feel so worthless that she would even consider it. man he was crazy. and then the end just when u think things couldint get any worse they do. and its so true but sad how even though her mom treated her soo bad she still loved her and felt bad for --what happened-. although lol its probably obvious. Her kid is the only thing that keeps her going i think. i hate when guys take advantage of innocent girls its soo cliche. shiz at least if ur gonna be a man whore at least make it original so we wont die of boredom.

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