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The Beans of Egypt, Maine (1994)

R | | Drama | 23 November 1994 (USA)
Reuben is a drinker and brawler who runs afoul of the law and lands a long prison term. He leaves behind Roberta, his companion and mother of a brood of nine. Also part of the extended ... See full summary »

Director:

Jennifer Warren

Writers:

Carolyn Chute (novel), Bill Phillips (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martha Plimpton ... Earlene
Kelly Lynch ... Roberta / Reuben's wife
Rutger Hauer ... Reuben / Roberta's husband
Patrick McGaw ... Beal / Reuben's nephew
Richard Sanders ... Lee / Earlene's father
Lance Robinson Lance Robinson ... Beal / Young
Rae Adams Rae Adams ... Earlene / Young
Ariana Lamon-Anderson Ariana Lamon-Anderson ... Bonnie Loo
Michael MacRae Michael MacRae ... Cole Deveraux
James Gervasi James Gervasi ... Pa Bean
Sue Ann Gilfillan Sue Ann Gilfillan ... Aunt Hoover
Susanna Burney Susanna Burney ... Merry Merry
Marjorie Nelson Marjorie Nelson ... Gram Pomerleau
Jim Chiros Jim Chiros ... Loren
Todd Moore Todd Moore ... Pete
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Storyline

Reuben is a drinker and brawler who runs afoul of the law and lands a long prison term. He leaves behind Roberta, his companion and mother of a brood of nine. Also part of the extended family is Beal, who becomes Roberta's sometime lover and possesses the famous Bean short fuse. All this is observed by Earlene, a neighbor under the thumb of a strict religious father. Her dad warns her against any contact, but, despite the Beans' crude ways, the young woman is drawn to them; their earthiness, directness and unity stand in sharp contrast to her oppressive family life. Written by lament

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forbidden Choices See more »

Filming Locations:

Washington, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,263, 27 November 1994

Gross USA:

$73,956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,956
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Partially filmed on Vashon Island, particularly sequences filmed at the Portage Store, an old-fashioned corner grocery that was still in operation. See more »

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Don't Judge my Intelligence by the Amount of Stars I Gave this Horrid Film.
10 March 2005 | by dysfunctionjunctionSee all my reviews

Okay. This is probably one of my favorite books of all time. I can't even begin to explain how they screw this up in the movie. I sat down, EXCITED and watched this film, and got up DEPRESSED and wanting to cry. It wasn't as if I was depressed by the sad content of the film, but the quality made me physically ill. Don't waste your time on it. The only reason why I gave it that one star is because the book deserves ten. The actors in this movie couldn't work out of a paper bag. I kept screaming "Where's Keanu!?" and "Why! Why!" I wish they wouldn't of made "Beans..." into a film, because this book is the one book I wanted to turn into a movie. And I think that with my minimal movie making skills, mine would look like "Citizen Kane" compared to this elementary garbage.


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