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That Evening Sun -- Fleeing the retirement home where his son abandoned him, Abner Meecham sets out to reclaim his beloved Tennessee farmstead - only to find it's been leased to an old enemy, the volatile Lonzo Choat.
That Evening Sun -- 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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Scott Teems (screenplay)
William Gay (short story "I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down")
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I worked too hard. And too long. I aint goin down without a fight.
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Hal Holbrook ... Abner Meecham

Ray McKinnon ... Lonzo Choat

Walton Goggins ... Paul Meecham

Mia Wasikowska ... Pamela Choat

Carrie Preston ... Ludie Choat

Barry Corbin ... Thurl Chessor

Dixie Carter ... Ellen Meecham

Barlow Jacobs ... J.D. the Cabbie

Anthony Reynolds ... Hollis the Phone Worker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Edward Keith ... Deputy Keith (as Brian Keith)

Bruce McKinnon ... Sheriff Roller
William J. Mode ... Deputy Davies
Jacob Parkhurst ... Steve Goodwin Jr.

Directed by
Scott Teems 
Writing credits
Scott Teems (screenplay)

William Gay (short story "I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down")

Produced by
Terence Berry .... producer
Raul Celaya .... executive producer (as Raul L. Celaya)
Walton Goggins .... producer
Adrian Jay .... executive producer
Larsen Jay .... executive producer
Ray McKinnon .... producer
Anthony Reynolds .... associate producer
Jeanine Rohn .... co-producer
Jeanine Rohn .... line producer
Laura D. Smith .... producer
Michael Twardy .... segment producer
Brandon Ward .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michael Penn 
Cinematography by
Rodney Taylor (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gene Priest 
Travis Sittard 
Casting by
Emily Schweber 
Production Design by
Mara LePere-Schloop 
Set Decoration by
Kelly Anne Ross 
Costume Design by
Alexis Scott 
Makeup Department
Mary Young Everett .... key hair stylist
Laura Godwin .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Raul Celaya .... executive in charge of production (as Raul L. Celaya)
Kim T. Le .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ian Campbell .... second second assistant director
Kim McCray .... second assistant director
Jim Simone .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rachel Boulden .... art department coordinator
Rachel Boulden .... set decoration buyer
Rachel Boulden .... art department coordinator: set decoration department
John Gajda .... set dresser and swing
Frank Gray III .... property master
Matt Hodges .... construction foreman
Carianne Lance .... assistant property master
Jim Prodger .... leadman
Eric Brice Swartz .... lead scenic artist (as Eric Swartz)
Eric Brice Swartz .... on set dresser (as Eric Swartz)
Sound Department
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Paul B. Clay .... supervising sound editor
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Penny Harold .... dialogue editor
Jim Hawkins .... sound mixer
Steve Kinsey .... sound mixing technician
Ethan Payne .... boom operator
Drew Ponder .... boom operator
Carl Rudisill .... sound mixer
David Torres .... foley mixer
Ben Whitver .... adr mixer
Sid Williams .... additional sound mixer (as Sidney Williams)
Special Effects by
Lisa Reynolds .... effects assistant
Bob Shelley .... special effects coordinator
Randy Southerland .... effects assistant
JoAnn Bernat .... stunt double: Carrie Preston (2009)
Bob Fisher .... stunt double
Jacob Parkhurst .... stunts
Susan Saddler .... stunt double: Mia Wasikowska
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Aycock .... grip
Katherine Bomboy .... still photographer
Gary W. Brooks .... additional grip (as Gary Brooks)
Darrell Brown .... additional electric
Ron Clifford .... electric
Jared Coatney .... additional electric
Jim Conn .... third electric
Cooper Dunn .... "b" camera operator
Cooper Dunn .... camera operator
Cooper Dunn .... camera operator: "b" camera
Chris Durfee .... grip
Ramon Engle .... Steadicam operator
Tracy Facelli .... second assistant camera
Gray Hemphill .... additional camera loader
Gray Hemphill .... additional second assistant camera
Roger Herron .... additional electric
Tad Howard .... best boy grip
Gary Johnson .... best boy electric
Daniel Murphy .... gaffer
Doug Oh .... first assistant camera
John Stewart .... additional grip
Dustin Tate .... key grip
Manny Villegas .... additional grip
Casting Department
Michelle Babin .... casting assistant
Jen Levy .... casting associate
Jennifer Levy .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Celeste Dye .... set costumer
Amira Inas .... additional costumer
Nancy Jones .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Tyler L. Cook .... assistant editor
Harry Muller .... color timer
Music Department
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Alistair South .... music editor
Transportation Department
Chelsea Summer Bledsoe .... pass van driver
Ciara Skye Bledsoe .... driver
Doug Bledsoe .... driver: honeywagon
E. Michael Bledsoe .... additional driver
Ron Bledsoe .... transportation coordinator
Sam Johnson .... driver
Timothy E. Roberts .... driver
Katrinka Steele .... additional driver
David Whitsell .... additional driver
Kenny Wright .... transportation captain
Other crew
Zack Ballard .... cast production assistant
Jim Dobson .... publicist
Andrew Dunlap .... office production assistant
Judy Geletko .... post-production accountant
Richard Hakim .... video editor: DVD
William Q. Horton .... office production assistant
Ben Jay .... set production assistant
Rachel E. Kaufman .... production assistant intern
Brian Edward Keith .... on-set medic (as Brian Keith)
Bryan Meyers .... first assistant accountant
Mary Beth Roberts .... location manager
Chelsea Samples .... associate production office coordinator
Tyler Sheldon .... production secretary
Shari Sontag .... key production accountant
John P. Stepleton .... key set production assistant
Carol Tresan .... animal coordinator
Greg Tresan .... head animal wrangler
Penny Walker .... medic
Mari Wilson .... script supervisor
Justin Bell .... special thanks
Perry Gibson .... special thanks
Rebecca Green .... special thanks
Zeke Lopez .... special thanks
Nathan Lux .... special thanks
Gisela Moore .... special thanks
Vicki Peterson .... special thanks
Bob Raines .... special thanks
Michael R. Williams .... special thanks (as Michael Williams)

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some violence, sexual content and thematic elements
109 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Singapore:PG13 | UK:12 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45107)
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Dixie Carter's final film appearance.See more »
Abner Meecham:Ha! Folks in hell will be eating Eskimo Pies before Lonzo Choat hauls me anywhere.See more »
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Blue Yodel #3See more »


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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Sordid Southern Scorcher.....Yee-haw!, 10 April 2010
Author: cheryllynecox-1 from FLA-GA

There is a lot to recommend Scott Teems "That Evening Sun", and I'm happy I was able to catch a recent screening as a premier event of the Tallahassee Film Festival. Kindly indulge my regional preference for literature and the performing arts, but you really can't beat the local color of the rural South. This melancholy narrative is driven by simmering grudges,ill-gotten gains, and combustible relationships. It's as though William Faulker and Flannery O'Connor collaborated on Teem's script with its southern Gothic allusions and ironic events.

Hal Holbrook as the title character, Abner Meecham, is brilliant with his tenacious attitude, and wizened expressions. He may be old, but he's still capable, resourceful, and completely self-absorbed. Dream sequences and memories allow us to see his softer side as he relives tender moments with his late wife (played by the bewitching Dixie Carter, his real-life wife). He receives little support from his son, a busy attorney well-played by Walton Goggins. Their mutual disaffection is palpable and practically Shakespearean. Abner is not easy to love.

Abner's primary nemesis, Lonzo Choat, is a surly ne'er-do-well who relies as much on his monthly disability check as he does on cheap beer. Ray McKinnon gets a lot of mileage out of Choat's brutal nature and proprietary relationships. His rustic wife (Carrie Preston) and daughter (Mia Wasikowska) each exhibit individual strengths, but can't overcome the overarching power of Lonzo Choat.

Barry Corbin also lends a powerful performance as Abner's long-time neighbor and fellow octogenarian, Thurl Chessor. Abner and Thurl have known each other long enough that conversation is perfunctory, but comfortable. Neither wastes words nor breath, they are comfortable passing time without much fuss or muss, but not too much time lest they seem too dependent, too feminine.

"That Evening Sun" is beautifully shot capturing the simple bucolic beauty of rural Tennessee as kudzu slowly reclaims abandoned barns, and landscapes buzz with the heat and activity of hidden hives and birdsong. The soundtrack is a nod to depression-era country crooners, and Jimmie Rodgers adds the ideal poetic punctuation with his yearning yodels. I will see this one again.

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