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Convicts (1991)

Not Rated | | Drama | 6 December 1991 (USA)
In 1902 Texas, thirteen-year-old Horace goes to work on old Soll's farm to earn enough money to buy a headstone for his father's grave. Unfortunately for Horace, Soll's senility, ill health... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Masterson

Writers:

Horton Foote (play), Horton Foote (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Soll Gautier
Lukas Haas ... Horace Robedaux
James Earl Jones ... Ben Johnson
Starletta DuPois ... Martha Johnson
Carlin Glynn ... Asa
Calvin Levels ... Leroy
Gary Swanson ... Billy
Mel Winkler Mel Winkler ... Jackson
Lance E. Nichols ... Sherman Edwards
Bob Edmundson Bob Edmundson ... Overseer (as Robert Edmundson)
John McConnell ... Guard #1
Jerry Biggs Jerry Biggs ... Guard #2
Martin F. Schacker Martin F. Schacker ... Guard #3
Walter Breaux Jr. Walter Breaux Jr. ... Singing Convict
Tony Frank Tony Frank ... Sheriff
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In 1902 Texas, thirteen-year-old Horace goes to work on old Soll's farm to earn enough money to buy a headstone for his father's grave. Unfortunately for Horace, Soll's senility, ill health, and obsession with the convict labor he uses to work the farm, make it unlikely that Horace will ever be paid the twelve dollars and fifty cents Soll owes him for six months work. Written by JeanneArmintrout@juno.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horton Foote's Convicts See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color
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Goofs

When Soll thinks he hears someone in the closet he shoots three times and we see three bullet holes. But when Jackson opens the closet door to investigate, there are four holes. See more »

Quotes

Horace Robedaux: Martha, are you afraid of dying?
Martha Johnson: No, I ain't afraid. Just not ready to go yet.
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Followed by Lily Dale (1996) See more »

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One of America's Treasures Shows Why
23 May 2003 | by moviloverSee all my reviews

Robert Duvall is one of America's treasures. He should be given a Lifetime Achievement Award annually at the Academy Award ceremonies, and this film allows him to demonstrate, once again, how it's done. If you agree, by all means run, don't walk, to your nearest video store and rent "Rambling Rose", another of Duvall's gems...which, incidentally, also co-stars Lukas Haas, another underrated and terrific actor, as he shows in "Convicts". Most of Lukas' contribution is in the form of reaction to Duvall's ramblings, but the two of them, along with everyone else in the film, create a marvelous since of realism. Duvall is a mentally addled old drunk who can't remember that he said the same thing to you a few minutes ago, or what you told him, and it's to Duvall's credit that he manages to avoid being boring, as this sort of character so easily could have been. Duvall's character is also disreputable and mistreats the convict labor he has contracted for to work on his farm, but still you empathize with him. Lukas is, as always, wide-eyed (no one had larger eyes, or used them better) and innocent but not stupid. Horton Foote provided realistic dialog and a sure sense of place. This is a film not only to enjoy, but to study.


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