That Evening Sun (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  16 March 2009 (USA)
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An aging Tennessee farmer returns to his homestead and must confront a family betrayal, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the loss of his farm.



(screenplay), (short story "I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down")
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Credited cast:
Lonzo Choat
Paul Meecham
Ludie Choat
Thurl Chessor
Ellen Meecham
J.D. the Cabbie
Hollis the Phone Worker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Edward Keith ...
Deputy Keith (as Brian Keith)
Sheriff Roller
William J. Mode ...
Deputy Davies
Jacob Parkhurst ...
Steve Goodwin Jr.


An aging Tennessee farmer returns to his homestead and must confront a family betrayal, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the loss of his farm.

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I worked too hard. And too long. I aint goin down without a fight.



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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some violence, sexual content and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,330 (USA) (6 November 2009)


$280,343 (USA) (7 May 2010)

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Much beneath the surface
19 October 2010 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie came from nowhere for me here in Australa. Its a little middle-American indie film that I had never heard of until I saw it advertised on my upcoming orders list. I just finished watching it and it is a fantastic character study. It stars Hal Holbrook in one of the finest performances in his long and successful career. He plays an old man who walks out of his nursing-home and returns to the farm he owned for over 50 years only to find it occupied by new tenants. Being stubborn he squats in the old worker's quarters and wages a personal war against the new family. From there the film becomes a real examination of this old man's mind. He is at the narrow end of life and has nothing to show for it. Everything he knew was taken away and he is doomed to live the rest of his life with regret about many things in his life. Unbeknownst to him, much of his traits are reflected in his newly appointed enemy. Its a slow drama with moments of tension. The performances are exceptional and the relationship he has with his old neighbour is wonderful (some of the best scenes). Well worth a look.

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