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The Stone Boy (1984)

PG | | Drama | 4 April 1984 (USA)
A Midwestern farm family faces major emotional adjustment after a tragedy results in the death of an older brother.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Hillerman
Jason Presson ... Arnold Hillerman
... Ruth Hillerman
... Nora Hillerman (as Susan Blackstone)
... Eugene Hillerman
... Andy Jansen
... Amalie
... Lu Jansen
Kenneth Anderson ... Sheriff #1
John L. Strandell ... Sheriff #2
Tom Duncan ... Sheriff McDuff
... George Jansen
Danna Duffy ... Margaret Mathews
Quentin Rhoades ... Clint Mathews
Mark Melander ... Clancy Mathews
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A Midwestern farm family faces major emotional adjustment after a tragedy results in the death of an older brother.

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In one fatal moment he stood alone. His silence so loud it was deafening.

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Glenn Close and Robert Duvall appeared in The Natural (1984) and The Paper (1994). See more »

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When Nora and George talk at the fence, Nora's arm is on the fence when seen from behind, while from the front, she is swinging her arm. See more »

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Andy Jansen: Days are years and years are days when it comes to sorrow. There ain't no such thing as time. It's the way it is.
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Version of The Stone Boy (1960) See more »

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Jamboree In The Hills
Written and Sung by Mayf Nutter
Courtesy of Mayf Nutter Music, BMI
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Sensitive story with a prodigy young actor
21 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

This American rural drama about a young boy who accidentally shoots his older brother deserves to be better known. Unfortunately it isn't perfect but, despite its flaws, when it's good it's really good. Beautifully filmed and photographed, with gorgeous rural landscapes and settings. The soundtrack by James Horner is very moving and matches the movie's dramatic mood.

Jasson Presson steals the show as the title character, in a far superior and more remarkable role than his role in the flawed hit 'Explorers'. Not that there is anything wrong with his performance in the famous 1985 film, it's just that here is another league.

This movie shows very well that not everyone suffers the same way. Each has their own way of suffering. Some act funny but that doesn't mean that they really mean that. In tragic circumstances, it's actually normal to act a little crazy. That's the case of our Arnold, who is seemingly indifferent to the tragedy he unintentionally caused, but in reality is suffering so much that he takes time to really let it out.

Some scenes shouldn't be here. I think the movie takes too long focusing on Arnold's family's own problems when Arnold himself should be the focus. Also, there are a few severe scenes to watch, such as family's discussions and one girl yelling at Arnold and slapping him.


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