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The Member of the Wedding (1997)

Frankie Addams, 12-year-old tomboy, feels disconnected from the world. Frankie's mother died when she was born, and her father is a distant, uncomprehending figure. Her closest companions ... See full summary »

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... Frankie Addams
... Berenice Sadie Brown
Corey Dunn ... John Henry
... Mr. Addams
... Janice
... Jarvis
... Officer Wylie
... Red-Haired Soldier
Maggie Marshall ... Emmaline Williams / Voice of Carson McCullers
... Mr. Williams (as Andrew Stahl)
... Mrs. Wray
Lou Criscuolo ... Blue Moon Owner
... Winnie (as Stephanie Griffin)
James J. Pence Jr. ... Minister
Al Wiggins ... T.T. Williams (as Alfred Wiggins)
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Frankie Addams, 12-year-old tomboy, feels disconnected from the world. Frankie's mother died when she was born, and her father is a distant, uncomprehending figure. Her closest companions are the family's African American maid, Berenice Sadie Brown, and her six-year-old cousin, John Henry West. She has no friends in her small Southern town and dreams of going away with her brother and his bride-to-be on their honeymoon.

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There's a time in a young girl's life when nothing's right...but everything's possible.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some language
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29 January 1997 (USA)  »

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A Member of the Family  »

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1.33 : 1
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Frankie Addams: Those sons of bitches. I could just shoot every last one of them with a pistol.
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How Long Is Loneliness?
Music by Laurence Rosenthal
Lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
Performed by Willow Wray
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Wonderful and touching performance by Anna Paquin
10 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

The Carson McCullers' novel whom this movie is based on is very simple on its surface, but deeply it contains a stunning sadness and melancholy that the intelligent writer expresses perfectly.

It has characters whose lifes are normal without nothing special happening to them, but the deep feelings are there and the novel captures them in a very special way. There lies the greatness of the book.

But, ¿Is possible to translate this to the screen? Well, is not an easy job, but here we have an excellent and very faithful adaptation of the story of Frankie Addams with the same minimalism that characterizes the novel (sometimes it seems a play rather than a movie) and, of course, its same power. Is the story of Frankie (a wonderful Paquin), a tall, depressive, imaginative and sad 12 years-old girl who hopes to runaway from her village with her brother and his girlfriend (who are going to marry that summer). Meanwhile she spends that long and hot summer with the only company of Berenice (Woodard) and her cousin John Henry (Dunn).

The movie's great success is on the casting: this is the movie of Anna Paquin, who is so believable and superb as Frankie that ends becoming Frankie rather than playing her. To see Paquin dreaming of Alaska, hitting a soldier or not hearing what others say in her conversations is to see the Frankie of the novel; and to see Paquin suffering in the long scene of Woodard's monologue and in the ending is to suffer like when you're reading the book. There Frankie and her mind are the center of the story and in the movie the center becomes Paquin, with the same rage of Flora from "The Piano" and the same sadness and melancholy of Amy from "Fly Away Home".

Summarizing, an excellent TV-movie for those who admire the novel and Carson McCullers and for those who admire Anna Paquin, one of the most talented young actresses actually.


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