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The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  6 July 2012 (USA)
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Monty Wildhorn, an alcoholic novelist of Westerns, has lost his drive. His nephew pushes him to summer in quiet Belle Isle. He begrudgingly befriends a newly single mom and her 3 girls who help him find the inspiration to write again.

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Monty Wildhorn, an alcoholic novelist of Westerns, has lost his drive. His nephew pushes him to summer in quiet Belle Isle. He begrudgingly befriends a newly single mom and her 3 girls who help him find the inspiration to write again.

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A Re-Coming of Age Story

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and language including some suggestive comments | See all certifications »

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Summer at Dog Dave's  »

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$10,367 (USA) (6 July 2012)

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$100,910 (USA) (31 August 2012)
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The sour mash whiskey Morgan Freeman's character is drinking is Stranahans Colorado Whiskey. See more »

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At the end, Monte is able to move his left arm to hug Flora despite being only reliant on his right arm the rest of the movie. See more »

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[first lines]
Monte Wildhorn: What's all that crap on the windshield?
Henry: It's ash from the fire.
Monte Wildhorn: This is where you're bringing me?
Henry: It's rent free.
Monte Wildhorn: Before or after it burns down?
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Draws me in...
30 May 2013 | by (Bristol, England) – See all my reviews

OK. This film is not for me. I'm a bloke. I'm a geek. I am "North of fifty".

So why did I first catch it at 5 AM in the morning intending to continue my channel hopping then gradually have it pull me away from my backlog of Arrow and Dr Who episodes that I have pre-recorded for such moments? And after watching it once, a week ago I think, I am so hooked that when I found out that it was on this morning and it was so near the beginning It easily won over watching The Gadget Show or even going off to my usual morning open-source software writing?!

I found the film to be highly engaging without being too "mushy"; and on the other hand, neither does it try to be too gritty in the hope of being more "realistic". The film is well written with a story I wanted to hear and once heard, I wanted to hear it again so I could ensure I had truly discovered some nuances and was rewarded by finding more!

Normally, I am not moved to write such reviews, but the film deserves my first mainly because it shouldn't be a film I like so much.

Hats off to the makers.


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