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The Hawk Is Dying (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 July 2008 (France)
A Gainesville Florida auto upholsterer (Giamatti) attempts to subvert his mundane life by training a wild, red-tailed hawk.

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George Gattling
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Betty
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Precious
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Billy Bob
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Ma Gattling
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Football Player
Ayana Rhoden ...
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Taylor Simpson ...
Gray Bony Lady
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Nebbish Professor
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Marvin Hill
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Young Female Undergrad
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Ambulance Driver
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Dr. Leep
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Alonzo
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A Gainesville Florida auto upholsterer (Giamatti) attempts to subvert his mundane life by training a wild, red-tailed hawk.

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9 July 2008 (France)  »

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Dressé pour vivre - The Hawk Is Dying  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,042, 1 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,006, 14 June 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,285, 13 July 2008
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2006 Brasilia International Film Festival, Winner of the Grand Jury Award & Audience Award. See more »

Quotes

Fred: You never have.
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References Aquaman (1967) See more »

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Very captivating
18 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

I started out, before I saw Sideways, as a skeptic of Giamatti's talent. After that film, I had to make a 180 on my view. He was exceptional. I've liked him a lot in most everything he's been in, but a Hawk is Dying is a work that I am sure he will always remember. This was a perfect film for his unique, everyday man, with enormous depth and complexity (like most of us everyday people).

In this film, he and most of the other characters, give exceptional performances, in my opinion, because this was a small film. This film didn't have to conform to the Hollywood formula, so that millions of people can understand the plot, and get excited about the action or the comedy. This film was made for a smaller audience that likes to be treated like a thoughtful person, and enjoys escaping into another world. What this film did well was draw the audience into a world that it might never have seen, but it can identify with.

I would recommend this film. Watch it without distraction and let it take you into a very interesting and captivating story about love, compassion and the frustration that comes with giving of yourself and then facing those others that did not, and will never understand what you have done. The complex emotions come through, without hyperbole or obvious references, inserted to make sure we don't miss the point. This is true film, a window into life experience, from other humans, like us, who live and feel and hurt and struggle.


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