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The Neon Bible (1995)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 March 1996 (USA)
While on a train, a teenage boy thinks about his life and the flamboyant aunt whose friendship acted as an emotional shield from his troubled family. This film evokes the haunting quality ... See full summary »

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Terence Davies

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Tierney ... David, aged 15
Drake Bell ... David, aged 10
Gena Rowlands ... Mae Morgan
Diana Scarwid ... Sarah
Denis Leary ... Frank
Bob Hannah ... George
Aaron Frisch Aaron Frisch ... Bruce
Charles Franzen Charles Franzen ... Tannoy Voice
Leo Burmester ... Bobbie Lee Taylor
Sherry Velvet Sherry Velvet ... First Testifier
Stephanie Astalos-Jones ... Second Testifier
Ian Shearer Ian Shearer ... Billy Sunday Thompson
Joan Glover Joan Glover ... Flora
Jill Jane Clements ... Woman
Tom Turbiville Tom Turbiville ... Clyde
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Storyline

While on a train, a teenage boy thinks about his life and the flamboyant aunt whose friendship acted as an emotional shield from his troubled family. This film evokes the haunting quality of memory while creating a heartfelt portrait of a boy's life in a rural 1940s Southern town. Written by Ivana Redwine <credwine@ix.netcom.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bíblia de Neon See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,045, 3 May 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,274, 21 April 1996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview with "Time Out Film", Terence Davies said about this film, "[It] doesn't work, and that's entirely my fault. The only thing I can say is that it's a transition work. And I couldn't have done The House of Mirth (2000) without it." See more »

Quotes

David, aged 15: If you were different from anybody else in town, you had to get out. They used to say in school, "you have to think for yourself," but you couldn't do that in town. You have to think what your father thought and that was what everybody thought.
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Perfidia
Written by Alberto Domínguez
Performed by Glenn Miller
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The Bizarre Framing Sinks The Film
23 November 2011 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

This is a film that should appeal greatly to me . It's set against the background of a teenage boy growing up in a small insular town . This mirrors my own earlier life . " No one is allowed an opinion of their own " proclaims protagonist David and it's something I can bitterly relate to . Growing up in a small town is a painful experience especially for an existentialist who is an outsider . You're conditioned to be a nobody . Think of a combination of Lysenkoism and the antithesis of ambition . That's what life is like in a small town the world over . In short this should be a film that takes people in to themselves creating a strong and instant sense of empathy . Alas it;s something of a cinematic disaster

The problem lies entirely at the feet of director Terence Davies . He directs in a poetic style or at least attempts to but where as a poetic film by Terewnce Malik or Sam Mendes works here it spectacular fails . . What sinks the film is the unnatural framing where a character is smack bang in the middle of the screen facing the camera . A lot of critics complain that a director like Danny Boyle shoots , frames and edits films in a similar manner but at least he brings a sense of variety to his movies . Here however Davies relies on the exact same framing technique throughout the entire film which sinks it as a cinematic presentation and feels more like a filmed theater play


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