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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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Storyline

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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Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

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

Ben Johnson: Cane Land it was called once. Cane it'll be again.
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True to Life Characters with Substance
26 January 2006 | by chris-3248See all my reviews

In today's world of digital fabrication, there is no computer than can replace the actor and writer. Alas, this type of "character driven" film is far too rare these days. Duvall's performance as well as James Earl Jones are faithful to their audience's high expectations. I wonder if this movie was made for TV? It has a "close-up" personal quality to the narrative. It is an understatement to say that the performances are all Outstanding. The only thing that keeps it from being a cinema Masterpiece is the lack of a great Cinematographer, but pretty pictures are not everything. How can talent the likes of Jones and Duvall continue to produce such fine work in an age where actors pose for the digitizing?


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