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Cross Creek (1983)

In 1930's Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (book), Dalene Young (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Steenburgen ... Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Rip Torn ... Marsh Turner
Peter Coyote ... Norton Baskin
Dana Hill ... Ellie Turner
Alfre Woodard ... Geechee
Joanna Miles ... Mrs. Turner
Ike Eisenmann ... Paul
Cary Guffey ... Floyd Turner
Toni Hudson ... Tim's Wife
Bo Rucker Bo Rucker ... Leroy
Jay O. Sanders ... Charles Rawlings
John Hammond ... Tim
Tommy Alford Tommy Alford ... Postal Clerk
Norton Baskin Norton Baskin ... Man in the Rocking Chair
Terrence Gehr Terrence Gehr ... Store Keeper
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In 1930's Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.

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The true story about the woman who wrote "The Yearling"! See more »


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Actress Mary Steenburgen in this movie is still [to date, February 2015] the only ever actress to portray writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in screen and television. See more »

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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: [voiceover] My journey to maturity began in New York, in 1928. I was married to Charles Rawlings, the newspaper man and yachting enthusiast. I had been trying to write stories that I thought would be most likely to sell - gothic romances were extremely popular - and I had written dozens. I was desperate to express myself. Even as a child I'd been consumed with the desire to be a writer.
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Fine film
19 February 2005 | by Judge8080See all my reviews

'Cross Creek' (1983) The story of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and her life in the backwoods Florida town of Cross Creek after moving there from New York in the 1930's to continue her writing. I have been a visitor to her home in Cross Creek and even today the area looks like it probably did 60 years ago. Mary Steenburgen does a nice job as the independent, hard drinking Rawlings and Peter Coyote is fine as Norton Baskin, who eventually became her husband. Nicely photographed with a lovely musical score, 'Cross Creek'is a slow, easy going movie and the viewer will enjoy the people in Ms. Rawlings life, particularly the always steady Rip Torn and the late Dana Hill. An enjoyable experience.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1983 (Netherlands) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Alachua County, Florida, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$200,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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