After his wife's sudden death, a best selling author returns to his cabin retreat where he receives paranormal visitations and becomes involved in a custody battle.
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 Mike Noonan (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Mattie Devore (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Jo Noonan (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Sara Tidwell (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Sid Noonan (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Marty (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Kyra Devore (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Bill Dean (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Max Devore (2 episodes, 2011)
Deborah Grover ...
 Rogette Whitmore (2 episodes, 2011)
Jefferson Mappin ...
 Buddy Jellison (2 episodes, 2011)
Deborah Allen ...
 Brenda Meserve (2 episodes, 2011)
Cienna Prendergast ...
 Kisha Tidwell (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Deputy George Footman (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Young Max Devore (2 episodes, 2011)
Shane Anderson ...
 Lance Devore (2 episodes, 2011)
Joel Freckelton ...
 Harold Noonan (2 episodes, 2011)
Gregory Penney ...
 Young Normal Jellison (2 episodes, 2011)
Geordie Brown ...
 Young Edgar White (2 episodes, 2011)
Aja Deeble ...
 Dean Daughter (2 episodes, 2011)
Fiona Forsythe ...
 Jellison Daughter (2 episodes, 2011)
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Bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, unable to cope after his wife's sudden death, returns to the couple's lakeside retreat in Maine, where he becomes involved in a custody battle between a young widow and her child's enormously wealthy grandfather. Mike inexplicably receives mysterious ghostly visitations, escalating nightmares and the realization that his late wife still has something to tell him. Written by nitorch

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Solid Adaptation Of King's Haunting Tale
7 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Adapting a Stephen King novel to the screen has proved to be a dicey proposition for writers/directors in the past. Either the film is a huge hit (like "Shawshank Redemption" or "Green Mile"), or it turns into a B-movie that doesn't nearly live up to the billing. In the case of "Bag of Bones", director Mick Garris does a remarkable job of translating the page to the screen.

For a basic plot summary, "Bag of Bones" sees writer Mike Noonan (Pierce Brosnan) struggling with severe writers block after the death of his wife Jo (Annabeth Gish). To try and break out of his funk, Mike heads to his summer retreat home on Dark Score lake, where Jo had frequented often. While there, Mike meets Mattie Devore (Melissa George) and her daughter Kyra (Caitlin Carmichael), who draw him into a haunting (literally!) mystery surrounding town baron Max Devore (William Schallert) & the unexplained death of 1930s jazz songstress Sara Tidwell (Anika Noni Rose).

What makes "Bag of Bones" really work is the fact that it doesn't stray too much from the original King subject matter. It had been awhile since I read the novel, so I can't nit-pick all that much, but the film seemed to do a good job of sticking to the script, so to speak, and not deviate from King's wonderfully compelling (and spooky) tale.

The acting, for the most part, is also quite fine. Brosnan is very capable as the lead, while only a couple of the key auxiliary roles are sub-par. Special credit needs to be given to little Ms. Carmichael, who really gives the show its emotional kick throughout.

About the only thing this film doesn't translate well from the book are the "villain" characters (you'll know who they are after you watch). In the book, I seem to remember much more character development about them, which was excised from this adaptation likely due to time. It shows a bit in the end, when the overall story gets a bit one-sided, but this is a relative nit to pick.

Overall, "Bag of Bones" is a solid show that should satisfy readers of the King novel (or anyone else who happens to stumble upon it). It may not be an all-time classic, but as far as King- related film projects go, it is up near the top.


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