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Heartwood (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama
The sawmill Logan is the center to which the small town of Deroy . When the old Logan can not cope with his debts, the life of the whole community is threatened.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jason Robards ... Logan Reeser
Eddie Mills ... Frank Burris
Hilary Swank ... Sylvia Orsini
John Terry ... Joe Orsini
Randall Batinkoff ... Johnny Purfitt
John Dennis Johnston ... Carl Burris (as J.D. Johnston)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomas Arana ... Jordan Barrett
Daniel C. Bagley Daniel C. Bagley ... Man Reading paper
Erin Beaux ... Dixon Burris
Mike Boomer Mike Boomer ... Mill Worker 'Moose'
Amy Boosinger Amy Boosinger ... Nancy Burris
Kevin Breznahan ... Mike Burris
Mavis Bromaghim Mavis Bromaghim ... Old Woman in Store
Jenna Byrne Jenna Byrne ... Head Sawyer's Wife
Tantoo Cardinal ... Violet Boucher
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The sawmill Logan is the center to which the small town of Deroy . When the old Logan can not cope with his debts, the life of the whole community is threatened.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Cri dans les bois See more »

Filming Locations:

Branscomb, California, USA See more »

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A must-see for every Hilary Swank fan.
16 June 2003 | by peterdaoSee all my reviews

As this is a movie about a small town, three generations and two lovers, here's how I think the story should be told. Deroy is a California isolated town, the existence of which relies on a lumber mill run by Logan Reeser (seventy-six-year-old Oscar winner Jason Robards). Reeser is a mentor to twenty-six-year old Frank (Eddie Mills) who while being seen as a freak by his family and community, fully shares Reeser's deep-rooted devotion to the giant redwoods. Then summer comes, and Frank finds himself in bliss and trouble when a romance blooms between him and the mill manager's daughter, Sylvia (twenty-four-year-old Hilary Swank, one year before her Best Actress Oscar). The young lovers are temporarily separated, but as old Logan Reeser gets deeper in debt and might have to shut down the mill, Frank and Sylvia devise a clever plan, and together they prove that love and determination can save a town from disaster and be the answer to Reeser's prayers as well...

Although the DVD isn't very cool (only chapter selections, no special features) I really enjoy this movie. I love its message regarding environment (similar to what was voiced in such good films as "Silkwood", "A River Runs Through It", "Erin Brockovich"...) Credits should also go to the cinematography and the solid performance of the entire cast, especially Hilary Swank with her incomparable freshness and natural beauty. So if you're tired of movies that offer nothing but senseless violence and obsessive sex crave, get "Heartwood" and enjoy this heartwarming love story, as narrated by its main character: "It started 15 years ago in a forest in my sawmill town, Deroy, population 254, where the trees are more than a livelihood, they're a way of life..."


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