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After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city... See more »

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Dolly Talbo
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Verena Talbo
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Judge Charlie Cool
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Collin Fenwick
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Catherine Creek
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Dr. Morris Ritz
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Sister Ida
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Riley Henderson
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Sheriff Junius Candle
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Rev. Buster
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Amos Legrand
Grayson Fricke ...
Young Collin
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Eugene Fenwick
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Mrs. Buster
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Maude Riordan
Adam Crosby ...
Little Homer Honey
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Mrs. Richards
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Mrs. Peters
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Charlie Cool Jr
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Young Maude
Danny Nelson ...
Doc Carter
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Macy Wheeler
Michele Bauer ...
Martha Cool
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Barbershop Regular
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Big Eddie Stover
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Elizabeth Henderson
Marc McPherson ...
Hotel Manager
Elizabeth 'Boo' Gilder ...
Snot Nose Date
Brad Bulger ...
Date
Martha M. Elcan ...
Cheap Customer (as Marty Elcan)
Richie Dye ...
Jack Mill
James Michael McDougal ...
Ray Oliver (as J. Michael McDougal)
Rosa Tucker ...
Texaco
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Mamie Curtis (as Jenjer Vick)
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Flo Johnson
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Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wade Woods ...
Man at Revival (uncredited)

Directed by

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Charles Matthau

Written by

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Truman Capote ... (novella)
 
Stirling Silliphant ... (screenplay) and
Kirk Ellis ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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John Blosdale ... associate producer
Richard Connor ... associate producer
James T. Davis ... producer
John Davis ... producer
Martha M. Elcan ... associate producer (as Martha Elcan)
Kirk Ellis ... co-producer
Solomon J. LeFlore ... executive producer
Brick Mason ... associate producer
Charles Matthau ... producer
Michael Mendelsohn ... executive producer
Stirling Silliphant ... co-producer
Laura Sutton ... associate producer
Jerry Tokofsky ... producer
John Winfield ... executive producer
Susan Gee ... associate producer (uncredited)

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Patrick Williams

Cinematography by

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John A. Alonzo

Film Editing by

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Sidney Levin
Carroll Timothy O'Meara ... (as C. Timothy O'Meara)

Editorial Department

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Sam Citron ... first assistant editor
Jeremy Milton ... second assistant editor
Ray Morfino ... color timer
David Parmenter ... negative cutter
Joseph Jett Sally ... first assistant editor
Ewa Zbroniec ... second assistant editor

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Steve Brooksbank
Shay Griffin
Mary Jo Slater

Production Design by

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Paul Sylbert

Art Direction by

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Chris Gorak
Stan Jolley

Set Decoration by

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Daniel Loren May ... (as Dan May)

Costume Design by

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Albert Wolsky

Makeup Department

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Lee Ann Brittenham ... assistant hair stylist (as Lee Brittenham)
Terry Harper Dillard ... assistant hair stylist
Bob Harper ... makeup artist
Sally J. Harper ... hair stylist (as Sally Harper)
Linda Melazzo ... makeup artist: Walter Matthau
Rita Troy ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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James T. Davis ... unit production manager
Katie Willard Troebs ... production supervisor
Lisa Yesko ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Martha M. Elcan ... first assistant director (as Marty Elcan)
Todd Y. Murata ... dga trainee (as Todd Murata)
Eric Wall ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Ron Abbott ... carpenter
John Balling ... scenic charge
Richard Baum ... property master (as Rich Baum)
Randy Brewer ... lead person
Jayne Browning ... painter
Mike Charbonneau ... carpenter foreman
Harold Collins ... construction coordinator
Joseph Timothy Conway ... on-set dresser
Glenn Fendley ... set dresser
Chris Gorak ... set designer
Herb Jorgensen ... carpenter
Kristina Kilpe ... assistant propmaster
Cheryl Lindsey ... art production assistant
Brick Mason ... storyboard artist
Elizabeth Meyerson ... art department coordinator
Jason Miller ... carpenter
Dane Moore ... carpenter
John Ogonoski ... carpenter
Gary Oldknow ... set dresser
Alice Persons ... assistant propmaster
Eloise Crane Stammerjohn ... buyer
Ron Wells ... carpenter
Christopher Scheetz ... construction foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Craig Clark ... adr supervisor / sound supervisor
Joy Ealy ... sound assistant
Thom 'Coach' Ehle ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Mike Goodman ... additional adr supervisor / adr editor
Larry Hoki ... sound recordist
David J. Hudson ... re-recording mixer
Bill King ... boom operator
Billy King ... boom operator
Bob King ... cable person
Clark King ... sound mixer
Joe Kramer ... sound editor
Colin C. Mouat ... sound editor (as Colin Mouat)
Howard Neiman ... sound editor
Jeffrey Perkins ... supervising re-recording mixer
Mark Relyea ... sound assistant
Tom Ruff ... adr engineer (as Tom W. Ruff)
Robert R. Rutledge ... foley artist
Allan Schultz ... co-sound supervisor / sound editor
Peter Siciliano ... foley recordist
Edward M. Steidele ... foley artist
Deborah Willard ... sound editor
Gary Coppola ... adr mixer (uncredited)

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Gary Pilkinton ... special effects assistant
Kathleen Tonkin ... special effects foreman
Robert Vasquez ... special effects
Robert Vazquez ... special effects supervisor
Tal Wallace ... special effects propmaker

Stunts

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John Moio ... stunt coordinator
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ... stunt coordinator (as Lonnie Smith)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Amy Alarian ... electrician
Richard Alarian ... gaffer
Rikki Alarian ... electrician
Nick Arnds ... grip
Gary A. Beaird ... key grip (as Gary Beaird)
Casey Campbell ... electrician
Jesse Chavez ... dolly grip
Joseph Dianda ... best boy grip (as Joey Dianda)
Steven A. Hughes ... best boy electric (as Steve Hughes)
Mark Karen ... camera operator
Michael Stewart Maahs ... grip (as Mike Maahs)
Shawn Murphy ... electrician
Gary Oldknow ... grip
Rodney Sandoval ... camera loader
Gregory W. Smith ... first assistant camera (as Greg Smith)
Jorge Sánchez ... second assistant camera
Merie Weismiller Wallace ... still photographer
David P. Shannon ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Linda Christman ... casting assistant
Mary Lynn Henry ... casting: New York
Debbie Savitt ... casting associate
Octavia Spencer ... extras casting
Barbara Bartenes-Wulff ... casting assistant (uncredited)
Paige Wilbanks ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Patricia K. Armagast ... head seamstress (as Patricia Armagast)
Susan Kowarsh ... assistant costume designer
Jennifer Lax ... wardrobe supervisor (as Jenny Lax)
Susan MacLaren ... set costumer
Robert Q. Mathews ... costume supervisor: men
Bob Matthews ... wardrobe supervisor
Amanda Zenil ... set costumer

Location Management

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Craig A. McCraw ... location manager (as Craig McCraw)
Rebecca Ollinger ... location manager

Music Department

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Martin Blasick ... source music producer (as Marty Blasick)
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor
Sue Fink ... vocal coach
Paul Fried ... musician: flute solo
Michael Kelley ... executive soundtrack producer
Shawn Murphy ... score mixer
Charles Pollard ... score engineer
Allan K. Rosen ... music editor
Patty von Arx ... music editor
Marty Wekser ... executive soundtrack producer
Diane DeLouise Wessel ... music supervisor

Transportation Department

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William Baker ... driver
Rudy Beilicke ... driver
Emmett Burton ... picture car coordinator
Robert Holland ... driver
John Manning ... driver
Ken Nevin ... transportation coordinator (as Ray Nevin)
Joe Price ... driver
Teddy J. Ritchie ... driver
Hal Shelton ... driver
Jimmy Smeraglia ... driver
Hank Van Apeldoorn ... transportation captain
Keith West ... driver
Joe T. Woodard ... driver (as Joe Woodard)
Ricky Woodard ... driver
George Yarbrough ... transportation co-captain

Other crew

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Catherine Battistone ... walla group
Michele Bauer ... studio teacher
Bob Bergen ... walla group (as Robert Bergen)
Sue Carter ... medic
Tim Crone ... animal wrangler
Tracey Crosby ... production secretary
James M. Crumley Jr. ... set production assistant (as Jamie Crumley)
Alex Daniels ... walla group
Cathy Dunkley ... assistant: Charles Matthau
Mick Fasano ... cook
Nina Foch ... consultant
Matt Frazier ... set production assistant
Carla Fry ... production executive
Philippe Gallichet ... chef
Patti Hawn ... publicist
Bridget Hoffman ... walla group (as Ruby Marlowe)
Ira Hurvitz ... script supervisor
Richard Jiminez ... cook
Amy Labowitz ... production executive
Lydia Lipatan-Sarmiento ... assistant accountant
Marilyn Madderom ... walla group
Alex Matcham ... production executive
Geralyn Miller ... production accountant (as Geralyn McGah-Miller)
Cleve Nettles ... assistant to producer
Ben Ormand ... production assistant
Thomas Parris ... production assistant (as Tom Parris)
Senia Phillips ... animal wrangler
Russell H. Potter V ... office production assistant
Patricia Sammons ... craft service
Brie San Martino ... assistant coordinator
Burton Sharp ... adr group coordinator / walla group
Ron Steadman ... set production assistant
Sheila Stroup ... animal wrangler
Laura Summer ... walla group
Michael Swafford ... first assistant accountant
Harold Uhl ... key set production assistant
Steve Uhl ... set production assistant
Frank Umbro Sr. ... accordion instructor
Nadia Venesse ... dialect coach
Elizabeth Vincent ... accounting clerk
John Woodson ... dailies sync
Jeff Yesko ... walla group (as Jeffrey Scott Yesko)
Merry Lee Traum ... assistant: Piper Laurie (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city slicker comes to town and convinces Verena to market Dolly's locally-famous tonic, Dolly finally gets some backbone, refuses to divulge the formula, and heads for a tree house with Collin and Catherine, the loyal maid. Verena, who has most of the town in her pocket, sics the law on the renegades. Dolly, Catherine, and Collin find a supporter in a retired judge, Charlie Cool, who's attracted to Dolly. Will Verena's venom win out? And what about that city slicker? Written by

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Taglines Love is a chain of love... as nature is a chain of life. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Die Grasharfe (Germany)
  • El arpa de hierba (Spain)
  • Storie d'amore (Italy)
  • Gräsharpan (Sweden)
  • Ensina-me a Viver (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 107 min
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Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $117,161, 13 Oct 1996

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Trivia In "Carrie" (1976), Piper Laurie and Sissy Spacek played mother and daughter, respectively. Here, they play sisters. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Rock of Ages See more »
Quotes Mrs. Peters: Shame on you Dolly Talbo, sittin up in that tree like a drunken Indian, smoking on cigarettes like a common... Floozy
Mrs. Buster: Floozy
Catherine Creek: Preacher lady don't you be callin Ms. Dolly here no floozy now, why I come down there and slap you bow-legged.
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