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How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 6 October 1995 (USA)
Bride-to-be Finn Dodd hears tales of romance and sorrow from her elders as they construct a quilt.

Director:

Jocelyn Moorhouse

Writers:

Whitney Otto (novel), Jane Anderson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaelynn Craddick Kaelynn Craddick ... Young Finn
Sara Craddick Sara Craddick ... Young Finn
Kate Capshaw ... Sally
Adam Baldwin ... Finn's Father
Winona Ryder ... Finn
Dermot Mulroney ... Sam
Ellen Burstyn ... Hy
Anne Bancroft ... Glady Joe
Maya Angelou ... Anna
Alfre Woodard ... Marianna
Lois Smith ... Sophia
Jean Simmons ... Em
Kate Nelligan ... Constance
Denis Arndt ... James
Rip Torn ... Arthur
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Storyline

Finn is a young graduate student, finishing a master's thesis, and preparing for marriage to her fiance Sam. But thoughts of the end of the free life, and a potential summer fling, intrude. She goes home to her grandmother, where, over the making of her wedding gift by a group of quilting-bee friends, laughter, bickering, love, and advice lead her toward a more open-eyed examination of her course. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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Taglines:

There's beauty in the patterns of life.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of drug use, some sensuality and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Recuerdos de amores pasados See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$23,574,130

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,174,130
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DTS-Stereo | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft, Jared Leto ; and seven Oscar nominees: Winona Ryder, Alfre Woodard, Rip Torn, Melinda Dillon, Richard Jenkins, Kate Nelligan and Jean Simmons. See more »

Goofs

When Finn meets Leon at the pool for the first time, she sometimes is shown to be wearing a towel around her waist, and other times there's no towel...(during the same conversation) See more »

Quotes

Em Reed: Bicker, bicker, bicker makes a gal age quicker.
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Connections

Featured in Maya Angelou and Still I Rise (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

At Last
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Etta James
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Good "chick flick"
17 September 2001 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Winona Ryder spends a summer with her aunts while writing her thesis and deciding whether to marry her fiancée Dermot Mulroney. She learns about life and love through her aunts and friends while they sew a huge quilt together. Good, well-done but there's too much material for one movie. There are 5 flashbacks along with the main story and they're given very short shrift. The real pleasure is seeing a bunch of pros (Ellen Burnstyn, Anne Bancroft, Winona Ryder, etc) act with a talented then-unknown cast (Jonathan Schaech, Claire Danes, Mulroney, etc etc)... everyone's good and on target. Nothing new script-wise but I was never bored. Also good to see the late Esther Rolle and Jared Leto in small bits. Worth catching, but very talky at times.


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