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Marvin's Room (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama | 28 February 1997 (USA)
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After 20 years caring for her father, woman with cancer now must re-connect with her trashy sister and nephews she's never met after being diagnosed. Her love helps the angry teen nephew, and her sister learns to relate to people.

Director:

Jerry Zaks

Writers:

Scott McPherson (play), Scott McPherson (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Lee
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Hank
Diane Keaton ... Bessie
Robert De Niro ... Dr. Wally
Hume Cronyn ... Marvin
Gwen Verdon ... Ruth
Hal Scardino ... Charlie
Dan Hedaya ... Bob
Margo Martindale ... Dr. Charlotte
Cynthia Nixon ... Retirement Home Director
Kelly Ripa ... Coral
John Callahan ... Lance
Olga Merediz ... Beauty Shop Lady
Joe Lisi ... Bruno
Steve DuMouchel ... Gas Station Guy (as Steve Dumouchel)
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Storyline

Estranged since their father's first stroke some 17 years earlier, Lee and Bessie lead separate lives in separate states. Lee's son, Hank, finds himself committed to a mental institution after setting fire to his mother's house. His younger brother, Charlie, seems unfazed by his brother's eccentricities or his mother's seeming disinterest. When Lee comes to the asylum to spring Hank for a week in Florida so that he can be tested as a possible bone marrow donor for Bessie, Hank is incredulous. "I didn't even know you had a sister," he says. "Remember, every Christmas, when I used to say 'Well, looks like Aunt Bessie didn't send us a card again this year?'" "Oh yeah," Hank says. Meanwhile, Marvin, the two women's bedridden father, has "been dying for the past twenty years." "He's doing it real slow so I don't miss anything," Bessie tells Dr. Wally. In Bessie's regular doctor's absence, it has fallen to Dr. Wally to inform Bessie that she has leukemia and will die without a bone marrow ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marvinova soba See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,739, 22 December 1996

Gross USA:

$12,803,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,803,305
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer Scott McPherson died of complications from A.I.D.S. shortly after completing this adaptation of his stage play. It marks as his only film screenplay. See more »

Goofs

As Meryl Streep's character is packing her suitcase in a hurry, she grabs an article of clothing off the wall and the clock can be seen falling. In the next scene she is grabbing another article of clothing off the wall and the clock is back in place. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bessie: Uh, Janine, I wonder if you could tell me how long I might have to wait, because I left Aunt Ruth at home in charge of dad, and...
Janine: You'll have to see Doctor Wally, because Doctor Serrot is on vacation.
[finishes typing "I quit" letter]
Bessie: See "Doctor who"?
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank ... the staff and guests of Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, Orlando Florida, ... the residents and staff of The Florida Manor Nursing Home ... See more »

Connections

References Aladdin (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo
Written by Fred Gilbert (uncredited) and Roy Wooten
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Meryl Streep does it again
25 September 1999 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

Meryl Streep has unparalleled talent. (and no, I don't mean just her much joked-about ability with accents) She constantly takes less than sympathetic parts and gives them a luster few others can, e.g. "The French Lieutenant's Woman", "A Cry in the Dark", Kramer vs. Kramer". Her performance in "Marvin's Room" is another tour de force. Diane Keaton is also marvelous, and DiCaprio is at least playing a character he looks old enough for.


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