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The Hanging Garden (1997)

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William, a once obese and depressed adolescent, is able to move past his teenage years when he moves to the city and comes out as being gay. When he returns home though, he can't cope with his memories.

Director:

Thom Fitzgerald

Writer:

Thom Fitzgerald
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21 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Parsons Ian Parsons ... Little Sweet William
Peter MacNeill ... Whiskey Mac
Troy Veinotte Troy Veinotte ... Teen Sweet William
Kerry Fox ... Rosemary
Mark Austin Mark Austin ... Preacher
Joel Keller ... Fletcher (as Joel S. Keller)
Heather Rankin Heather Rankin ... Black-Eyed Susan
Christine Dunsworth Christine Dunsworth ... Violet
Seana McKenna Seana McKenna ... Iris
Joan Orenstein Joan Orenstein ... Grace
Chris Leavins ... Sweet William
Ashley MacIsaac Ashley MacIsaac ... Basil
Jocelyn Cunningham Jocelyn Cunningham ... Laurel
Jim Faraday Jim Faraday ... Mr. MacDougal
Sarah Polley ... Teen Rosemary
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Storyline

William, a once obese and troubled teen, goes back to his family's home after being gone, without word, for ten years and finds it (and his family) haunted with his past. He had moved to the city and become a fit, well-adjusted gay man, but during his visit home, he becomes unhinged as the newly remembered reasons for his miserable adolescence come to life in each of their presents. Written by Tom Hunt Brooks <thuntb@relaypoint.net>

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It's hard to go home... ten years after your death.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, language, and a scene of a hanging, and some teen drug use | See all certifications »

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The film won the best Canadian feature award at TIFF. See more »

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Grace: [sending her grandchildren off to a school dance. To granddaughter Rosemary.] You got pockets? You carrying your protection with you?
Teen Rosemary: What?!
Grace: Started when your father was young. Every party dress had to have pockets.
[fetches something from her chest-of-drawers.]
Grace: Now ... Your hands. These'll keep you safe.
[lowers a rosary into Rosemary's open hands.]
Grace: Now, you feel some of that ... that hocus-pocus comin' into your body ... you don't have to worry.
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When Spring Comes
Written and performed by Jane Siberry
© 1996 Wing-It Music
Courtesy of SHEEBA Records
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One of the best films I have ever seen.
7 October 1999 | by chapin-2See all my reviews

A lovely, intelligent film that challenges the viewer's assumptions about reality, while celebrating the power of memory and redemption. I have rarely been so moved by the beauty of a film, visually and verbally. The performances are real, the writing superb. It also boasts one of the most hilarious weddings in cinema history.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD1,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,909
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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