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Convicts (1991)

PG | | Drama | 6 December 1991 (USA)
Horton Foote's story of a teen-aged boy in the Depression who finds work on an eccentric's sugar plantation and learns life's surprising lessons from the team of convicts who also work there.

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 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 ... 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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In a time when men were kept in chains... one boy faces the struggle of a lifetime! See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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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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Connections

Follows 1918 (1985) See more »

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Surreal and Unsettling
10 April 2017 | by kcterrell-25046See all my reviews

I don't know what to make of this film. It is certainly original and well-crafted. Duvall is outstanding as usual, as well as the supporting cast. Overall, the acting is superb, even young Horace, who is a bit stilted in his role, but that is the way the story is written. The plot never goes anywhere, and that is what is disappointing - the unidimensional nature of the story. More of a character study than a story. All in all, I may feel more strongly about the film in time, because it is the sort of cinema that stays with you, and that is the mark of a good film, anyway. Definitely unique and different and if you enjoy quirky movie, you may like this one.


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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,347, 8 December 1991

Gross USA:

$13,623

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,623
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Mono

Color:

Color
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