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How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

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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Details

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

Joanna Going and Adam Baldwin were both in the film "Wyatt Earp". 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

Finn: Young lovers seek perfection. Old lovers learn the art of sewing shreds together and of seeing beauty in a multiplicity of patches.
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Connections

Referenced in E! True Hollywood Story: Winona Ryder (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Anvil Chorus
from "Il Trovatore"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Words by Salvatore Cammarano
Performed by the Robert Shaw Chorale and the RCA Victor Orchestra
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Very moving
28 February 1999 | by caileanSee all my reviews

A very moving, beautifully-crafted film. As I have not read the book, I am unable to compare the two. But the movie is enough: the acting is wonderful, although we get only snippets of each actress/actor. The message is wonderful, and the soundtrack is equally touching. I would recommend this to anyone in love, or making a decision about love. Inspiration is abundant in this film about a young woman about to get married and in the process of building a house with her fiance. As she takes the summer away from him to write a thesis and stay with her Grandmother and Great Aunt, she finds them in the middle of making a quilt for her wedding. She also finds a very attractive young man, tempting her to cheat. What follows are stories told by and about each of the women in the quilting circle. The young women discovers that love is not perfect, and that you must take advantage of what you have, and that there is beauty in the known.


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