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The Stone Angel (2007)

 -  Drama  -  11 July 2008 (USA)
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In Manitoba, Hagar Shipley is nearing 90. She has little, she tells us, but her memories. Over several weeks, during which she runs away from her son and daughter-in-law who want to place ... See full summary »

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Hagar
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Doris
Judy Marshak ...
Silver Elms Matron
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Silver Elms Bridge Player
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Child Hagar
Ryland Thiessen ...
Child Telford
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Child Charlotte
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Child Matt
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Child Lottie
Ardith Boxall ...
Lottie's Mother
Arne MacPherson ...
Doctor
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Reverend Troy
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Young Hagar
R. Morgan Slade ...
Young Telford
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In Manitoba, Hagar Shipley is nearing 90. She has little, she tells us, but her memories. Over several weeks, during which she runs away from her son and daughter-in-law who want to place her in a nursing home, returning to the small town where she grew up and the now-derelict farmhouse where she was married and raised two sons, we follow Hagar in the present and in memories that trace her childhood, marriage in defiance of her father, and later losses. She's fiercely even foolishly proud. Can she make peace with anyone she loves, or is she left to rage against the dying of the light? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Pride was my wilderness, and the demon that led me there was fear. See more »

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Rated R for some sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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11 July 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ángel de piedra  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$31,883 (USA) (11 July 2008)

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$31,883 (USA) (11 July 2008)
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During filming, Ellen Burstyn saw on the call sheet a long lost relative who was working on the crew. See more »

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During the first flashback scene when the children are running away from the funeral home a black hatchback with rear windshield wiper is seen in an alley off to the right of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Arlene: I want to have a baby.
John: We're broke.
Arlene: We love each other. It'll be a love child.
[they both laugh quietly. meanwhile, Hagar walks silently in and sees what's going on]
John: Well, my mom leaves town in a couple weeks. Then we can get married, and we can talk about having a baby, okay?
Arlene: I don't care about a wedding or anything.
John: You can have whatever you want.
[it becomes more intense; they are both breathing faster]
Arlene: [breathlessly] I want lots of babies.
[...]
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Bram's Blues
Written by Don Benedictson, William Bonness and 'Daniel Roy'
Performed by The Prairie Polka Playboys
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I was so moved by this picture.
20 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was very moved by the story and because I am going through something similar with my own parents, I really connected. It is so easy to forget that someone whose body is failing was once vibrant and passionate. And then there's the mistakes they made and have to live with. I loved Ellen Burstyn's performance and who is Christine Horne? She's fantastic! A real find. There is probably the most erotic scene I've ever seen in a film, yet nothing was shown - it was just so beautifully done. Overall the look and feel of the film was stunning, a real emotional journey. Cole Hauser is very very good in this picture, he humanizes a man spiraling downwards. I liked the way the filmmaker approached this woman's life, never sentimental, never too much - just enough to hook us in, but not enough to bog down.


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