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The Magic of Belle Isle -- Morgan Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a famous Western novelist whose passion for writing hits an impasse. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, befriending the family next door - an attractive single mom (Virginia Madsen) and her young daughters - who help him find inspiration again.
The Magic of Belle Isle -- In an effort to tap into his original talent, a wheelchair-bound author moves to a rural town, where he befriends a single mother and her three kids, who help reignite his passion for writing.


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6 July 2012 (USA) See more »
A Re-Coming of Age Story
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. | Full synopsis »
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Morgan Freeman ... Monte Wildhorn

Kenan Thompson ... Henry

Virginia Madsen ... Charlotte O'Neil

Emma Fuhrmann ... Finnegan O'Neil

Madeline Carroll ... Willow O'Neil

Nicolette Pierini ... Flora O'Neil

C.J. Wilson ... Fire Captain

Ash Christian ... Carl Loop

Debargo Sanyal ... Mahmoud

Fred Willard ... Al Kaiser

Jessica Hecht ... Karen Loop
Christopher McCann ... Bookstore Owner
Lucas Caleb Rooney ... Clown (as Lucas Rooney)

Kevin Pollak ... Joe Viola

Boyd Holbrook ... Luke Ford
Kevin ... Spot / Ringo
Tilly ... Spot / Ringo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rosemary Howard ... Belle Isle Bookstore Browser (uncredited)

Directed by
Rob Reiner 
Writing credits
Guy Thomas (written by)

Rob Reiner  screenplay (uncredited)
Andrew Scheinman  uncredited

Produced by
Liz Glotzer .... executive producer
Jared Goldman .... executive producer
Alan Greisman .... producer
Lori McCreary .... producer
Salli Newman .... producer
Rob Reiner .... producer
Martin Shafer .... executive producer
David Valdes .... producer
Original Music by
Marc Shaiman 
Cinematography by
Reed Morano (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dorian Harris 
Casting by
Susan Shopmaker 
Production Design by
Tom Lisowski 
Art Direction by
Kevin Bird 
Set Decoration by
Sara Parks 
Costume Design by
Shawn Holly Cookson 
Makeup Department
Sylvia Malangone Cappelli .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jared Goldman .... unit production manager (as Jared Ian Goldman)
Stephen Lippross .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kate Bogle .... second second assistant director
Michelle Flevotomas .... second second assistant director
Michael Pitt .... first assistant director
Matt Power .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jamie Arbuckle .... on-set dresser
Sarah Berney .... camera scenic
Joe Clark .... set dresser
Paul Contos .... art department production assistant
Jerry DeRogatis .... property master
David Goodwin .... set designer
Jonathan Huggins .... lead man
Laura Lerner .... second charge scenic
Melissa B. Miller-Costanzo .... art department coordinator (as Melissa B. Miller)
Kevin L. Raper .... additional graphic artist
Will Scheck .... greens coordinator
Mike Thompson .... greensperson
Omar Vaid .... assistant property master
Benjamin Woodward .... set dresser (as Ben Woodward)
Sound Department
Lon Bender .... supervising sound editor
Courtney Bishop .... adr recordist
Mark Camperell .... sound effects editor
Fritz Francois .... utility
Laura Harley .... post-production audio coordinator
Tim Hoogenakker .... sound effects editor
Jack Hutson .... sound mixer
Chris Johnston .... dialogue editor
Chris Johnston .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas W. Jordan .... boom operator
Melissa Kennelly .... foley artist
Perry Levy .... adr recordist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Eric Raber .... adr mixer
Dawn Redmann .... post-production audio coordinator
Anthony Vanchure .... sound effects editor
Darren 'Sunny' Warkentin .... supervising sound editor
Sam Blythe .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Michael Caplan .... visual effects supervisor
Scott Dougherty .... visual effects executive producer: Furious FX
Roy Farfel .... stunt rigger
John Patrick McLaughlin .... stunt double: Ash Christian
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Tiffany Armour-Tejada .... digital imaging technician
Eli Aronoff .... camera operator: "b" camera
Julian Bass .... camera assistant: second camera (as Julian L. Bass)
Julian Bass .... camera loader
Bob Calandro .... grip
Sean Feehan .... electrician
Gerard Fiore .... key rigging grip
Christopher Gleaton .... first assistant camera
Afton Grant .... camera operator: "a" camera
Afton Grant .... steadicam operator
Rachel Greco .... intern: camera department
Tommy Kerwick Jr. .... key grip
Ed Koza .... a dolly grip
Robert Lau .... first assistant camera
Caitlin Machak .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Steven Rubinstein Malamud .... camera trainee
Jessica Miglio .... still photographer
John Nasta .... grip
Ian O'Neill .... grip
Robert Sciretta .... gaffer
Waris Supanpong .... first assistant camera
Pip White .... intern: camera department
Casting Department
Lois J. Drabkin .... casting associate
Ronen Gevint .... background casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria E. Garcia .... wardrobe assistant (as Maria Garcia)
Jessie Kanelos .... costume production assistant
Melissa Mauro .... wardrobe assistant
Nikia Nelson .... costume supervisor
Trina Patterson .... costumer
Trina Patterson .... set costumer
Lenore Pemberton .... assistant costume designer
Antoinette Scherer .... set costumer
Cathie Valdovino .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Doug Delaney .... digital intermediate colorist
Sean Dunckley .... colorist: dailies
Sky Gewant .... post-production coordinator
Brock Hammitt .... assistant editor
J. Kitazaki .... project manager: EFilm
Michael Lafuente .... digital intermediate technical supervisor
Harry Muller .... color timer
Jon Pehlke .... digital intermediate editor
Gemma Townsend .... digital intermediate colorist assistant (as Gemma Parr)
Location Management
Michael Matlak .... assistant location manager
Candace Mayfield .... location scout: louisiana
Ryan Smith .... location manager
A.J. Swirz .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... conductor
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
John Barrett .... protools engineer
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Christopher Brooks .... music editor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Lawrence Manchester .... score mixer
Keith Patchel .... piano instructor: Virginia Madsen
Scott M. Riesett .... score engineer
Scott M. Riesett .... score producer
Bruce White .... viola
Transportation Department
George Campbell .... unit driver
Brian Flynn .... unit driver
Kevin Flynn .... transportation captain
Charles Hoffmann .... unit driver
Peter Krienbihl .... transportation co-captain
William MacCready .... production driver
Robert Papini Jr. .... production driver
Timothy Soltys .... driver: honeywagon
Other crew
Giuseppe Ardizzone .... set production assistant
Teall Barnes .... key art
Dustin Bewley .... set production assistant
Rob Buschgans .... assistant accountant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Cole Dabney .... social media & marketing
Caitlin Donovan .... assistant: Virginia Madsen
Bradford Eaves .... payroll accountant
Jake Goldberg .... props department production assistant
Robert Goulbourne .... parking co-coordinator
Eva Hannon .... accounting clerk
Sarah Kerlin .... office production assistant
Kim Krafsky .... animal wrangler: dog
Robert A. Levine .... unit publicist
Gilana Lobel .... assistant production coordinator
Elisabeth Mansfield .... office/set intern
Ross Miller .... insurance broker
Charlie Nadler .... office coordinator
Rosie O'Connor .... production assistant
Amanda O'Reilly .... production secretary
Ayo Ogundele .... parking coordinator
Keith Patchel .... piano coach
Stacy Rowe .... script supervisor
Aaron Speiser .... acting coach: Virginia Madsen
Jason R. Thompson .... additional office production assistant
Christian Vogeler .... key set production assistant
Canella Williams .... production office coordinator (as Canella Williams-Larrabee)
Skylar A. Wilman .... insurance broker
Tracy Wong .... craft service
Greg Wyrick .... production accountant
Hilary Zaitz .... production assistant

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and language including some suggestive comments
109 min
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In a 2012 Huffington Post interview with Virginia Madsen, Madsen pointed out that despite 'Morgan Freeman (I)''s nearly half-century-long career in movies, she is the first actress ever to have an onscreen romantic love story with any character he has played.See more »
Continuity: In the store, the number of Slim Jim packets changes suddenly from one to two and back to one.See more »
[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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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Good Movie, 6 November 2012
Author: Ciprian Alexandru from Romania

If it's Sunday afternoon and you're kind of bored, if you're not in the mood for anything in particular, press play on "The Magic of Bell Isle".

These movie will not disappoint you, it will not leave a bad taste but rather it will leave you smiling and feeling good.

The story is very original and well written. The characters are not well developed but it doesn't matter because the dialogue is remarkable. You will find some great quotes in this film and I guarantee you'll be smiling at the end.

It's a very light comedy with just a pinch of drama, and the reason is such a good film is, of course, Morgan Freeman.

I myself enjoyed the movie and recommend it for a rainy afternoon.

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