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Home Before Dark (1997)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 September 1997 (Canada)
An eleven-year-old girl tries to stay afloat in her rural Massachusetts town despite the grief, gloom and doom surrounding her from her family.

Director:

Maureen Foley

Writer:

Maureen Foley
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Cast

Credited cast:
Stephanie Castellarin Stephanie Castellarin ... Nora James
Brian Delate ... Martin James
Ellen Stone Ellen Stone ... School Nun
Katharine Ross ... Rose
Patricia Kalember ... Dolores James
Helen Lloyd Breed Helen Lloyd Breed ... Sister Concilia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anne Brady Anne Brady ... Aunt Cissie
Peter Bubriski Peter Bubriski ... Walter
Eric John Cassie Eric John Cassie ... Mailman
Eric Chandonnet Eric Chandonnet ... Schoolboy
Greg Chandonnet Greg Chandonnet ... Schoolboy
Mara Clark Mara Clark ... Mrs. Flynn
Terrence Classen Terrence Classen ... Liam
Grace Costa Grace Costa ... Maddie
Jamie Dunphy Jamie Dunphy ... Marilyn
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Storyline

It's 1963 in rural Massachusetts, and Nora James has the usual worries of an eleven year-old girl:lipstick, first crushes, staying out of trouble at school...not easy when your teacher is the elderly Sister Concilia. And even harder when your parents are struggling to heal from an almost unbearable loss. Then tragedy strikes another Massachusetts family, the Kennedys, and shatters the fragile bonds holding the James family together, Nora, sent to live with her brittle Aunt Rose, soon learns who she is, what she wants, and what she must do to achieve it. She makes a decision that is both cruel and courageous. Nora's choice unlocks the way to what amounts to the rescue of her family. Written by Maureen Foley, writer/director of the film

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The people you leave behind are the ones you need the most.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1997 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Soundtracks

In The Gloaming
Music by Jonatha Brooke
Performed by The Story
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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It's a gem!
5 May 2004 | by bostonfilmguySee all my reviews

A lovely film, featuring marvelous performances by Ross, Kalember, Delate and young Castellarin as the heroine. With humor and tenderness, "Home Before Dark" shows the struggles of a family living in the shadow of personal and national tragedy. Has a great period look (pre-Beatles/hippie 1960s...check out the aunt's Danish moderne furniture and pastel party food). I loved the Catholic school details, too...uniforms, furtive sixth-grade flirting, the strict nun who turns out to have a heart of gold. Those things were all recreated just the way I remember them. The writing and directing is sharp, and the music's great too, especially in the scene where the girl's alone in her mother's room. Seek this one out, it's a gem!


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