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Come Away Home (2005)

PG | | Drama, Family | 29 April 2005 (USA)
A friendship develops when 12-year-old Annie is coerced to stay with her Grandpa Donald.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie Lamm
Kris Crevani ...
Jason (as William Goldweit-Denton)
Jimmy Walsh ...
Doug (as James M. Walsh)
Carol Lamm
Gary Lamm
Grandpa Donald Brooks
Barney Green
Woodsy Warner
Gregg Russell ...
Bearded Man / Gregg Russell
Ashley Green
Jean Meyers ...
Woman Collecting Shells
Chris (as Asher Book)
Lance Shoals


Twelve-year-old Annie Lamm's first day of summer break quickly turns into a disaster. She realizes that her parents have not only decided to fly her to Hilton Head Island during their second honeymoon, but they also plan to coerce her to spend half her summer with her 76-year-old Grandpa Donald whom she hardly even knows. The place where Annie is staying, Grandpa's "beautiful house right by the beach", turns out to be a dilapidated and neglected dwelling filled with stored newspapers and dust covered knickknacks. Nothing edible is in the fridge, and only big-band and Perry Como records sit by his prehistoric stereo. Annie's summer plans of parties and boys are dashed in an instant -- Grandpa's house has no TV, no computer, and a swimming pool half-full of brown, brackish water with turtles living in it. His life consists of napping, doing crosswords and spending time with an old, codger named Barney with whom he trades endless tall tales. Annie is miserable! She calls her best friend,... Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes you have to leave home to find your family


Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language

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Release Date:

29 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Verão Inesquecível  »

Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,147 (USA) (10 June 2005)


$71,598 (USA) (19 August 2005)

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Did You Know?


The final concert scene was filmed over three nights and featured more than 1,500 extras. See more »


While Donald, Barney and Annie are riding in Donald's Buick, the transmission lever is clearly in the "park" position. See more »


Barney: Anyone up for a game of Rummy?
Carol: Where the hell have you two been?
Barney: ...Or maybe Solitaire.
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Local Nuisance - Graeme Dunlap See more »


Spoofs History of the World: Part I (1981) See more »

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beautifully produced movie
1 July 2005 | by (South Carolina) – See all my reviews

On May 11 I had the pleasure of taking my 12-year-old granddaughter and nine-year-old grandson to see the movie "Come Away Home." Initially, I wanted to take the children because I thought they might enjoy scenes from the Hilton Head Island area but didn't expect much more.

To our very pleasant surprise, "Come Away Home" is a beautifully produced movie with one of the most outstanding story lines I have seen in quite some time. The acting is top notch, including islander Gregg Russell, who did a wonderful job. The scenes from Hilton Head were enjoyable but I must say that this movie reaches far beyond Hilton Head. This is a movie for the world to see.

Word of caution: Grandpas should plan to bring a few tissues and hugging of the grandchildren will be in order on the way out of the theater.

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