While settling his recently deceased father's estate, a salesman discovers he has a sister whom he never knew about, leading both siblings to re-examine their perceptions about family and life choices.
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Bryce Dallas Howard
A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.
The poetry on the walls and ceiling of Lena's room are sourced from four poets: William Blake, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Rumi. See more »
Gatlin is a fictional town, but the Battle of Honey Hill was a real Civil War battle in South Carolina. The film gives the wrong date for it: December 21, 1864. It actually took place November 30, 1864. See more »
My mom always said that people in Gatlin were either too stupid to leave or to stuck to move.
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This is the worst book-to-movie adaptation I have ever seen. And I'm not one of those people who generally gets super frustrated with movie versions because "it's not how I imagined it". But this was just awful. It is one thing to cut scenes for time - that's understandable. It is entirely different to completely change everything - the characters, the story-line, the ending. So many missing details (including ones necessary to the plot) and so many...strange...changes. It seriously was like the screenplay writer asked someone to quickly summarize the book for him, and afterward, he went to write it and just BSed any plot holes he was missing from not actually reading it.
Positive comments: Ugh....not many. The acting wasn't terrible. Jeremy Irons does a great Macon and Emmy Rosum was perfect as Ridley. I wasn't fond of the guy who played Ethan and his accent (which he isn't supposed to have anyway) was pretty terrible. But he wasn't bad. There's only so much an actor can do with a bad script, so I feel like they did their best.
I can't speak for those who haven't read the book, though since this left out all the good parts of the actual story, I can't imagine it would make much sense to someone unfamiliar with it. But if you have read the book and you liked the book and you can't wait to see your favorite parts played out, don't watch this movie. You will be disappointed and so frustrated that you feel the need to write reviews on IMDb to warn people.
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