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Winter's Tale (2014)

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A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her.

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Young Man
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Ellis Isle Doctor (as Michael Patrick Crane)
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Ellis Isle Official
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Romeo Tan
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New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter, an Irish burglar in his early 20's, and Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), a young girl, who is dying. Written by Jack

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This is not a true story. This is true love.


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Rated PG-13 for violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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14 February 2014 (USA)  »

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Un cuento de invierno  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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HUF 14,199,165 (Hungary) (16 February 2014)

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$22,451 (USA) (6 February 2015)
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There was one report where Martin Scorsese had originally purchased the film rights to Winter's Tale, but he backed out, deeming it "unfilmable". See more »

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When Peter Lake is trying to crack the safe and discovers Beverly Penn, the safe's handle switches from horizontal (just turned by Lake to open it) to vertical, then back to horizontal in subsequent shots. See more »

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Beverly Penn: [narrating] What if, once upon a time, there were no stars in the sky at all? What if the stars are not what we think? What if the light from afar doesn't come from the rays of distant suns, but from our wings as we turn into angels? Destiny calls to each of us. And there is a world behind the world where we are all connected, all part of a great and moving plan. Magic is everywhere around us. You just have to look. Look. Look closely. For even time and distance are not what they ...
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The closing logo for Warner Bros. Pictures is also placed on old-fashioned paper. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Caddyshack II (2014) See more »

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Brahms Violin Concerto 3rd movement op 77
Played by Beverly
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"We're losing, Lucifer. One bright star at a time, we're losing.'
4 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Writer/director/producer Akiva Goldman has adapted Mark Helprin's 1983 novel for the screen and has made it even more a work of magical realism than the book alone. The film is stunning to watch, the story has many levels of meaning that embrace the such topics as immortality, good versus evil, miracles, death and dying and transcendent love, and it is cast with a collection of superb actors who take us with them through this fantasy of time and love and redemption.

There are many meaningful passages of dialogue, but one that Beverly offers is the essence of the story: ''We are all connected. Each baby born carries a miracle inside. A unique purpose and that miracle is promised to one person and one person alone. We are voyagers set on a course towards destiny, to find the one person our miracle is meant for. But be warned: as we seek out the light, darkness gathers and the eternal contest between good and evil is not fought with great armies... But one life at a time.'

One summary is excellent: 'New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), a young girl, who is dying. A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her.' The film moves from early 1895 where parents (Matt Bomer and Lucy Griffiths) being refused entry into America set their infant son in a little boat to send him to America. We then are in 1914 when the above action occurs – colored by the shenanigans of Judge/Lucifer (Will Smith) and the evil Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe). Later we follow the still living and unchanged Peter Lake to 2014, joined by Virginia Gamely (Jennifer Connelly) as he completes his miracle of saving the life of a younger redhead. A magnificent white horse plays a major role; Eva Marie Saint, William Hurt and other supporting actors are excellent. The musical score concentrates on Brahms, Berlioz, Khachaturian and others during the film – but someone opted to place a pop tune during the credits that is completely devoid of any of the graceful mystery of the film.


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