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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.

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Thom Fitzgerald

Writer:

Thom Fitzgerald
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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.

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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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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El jardín colgante See more »

Filming Locations:

Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,830, 9 November 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$925,756, 12 July 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The film won the best Canadian feature award at TIFF. See more »

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Grace the Nun: Father, can you come and bless this Virgin
[statue]
Grace the Nun: for the lady, please?
Iris: No no, that's not necessary, please don't bother him ...
Grace the Nun: That's what he's here for, it's included! Father, are you ready to bless the Virgin or what?
[The priest comes up to the store counter and picks up the Virgin statuette.]
Grace the Nun: Oh hang on now, she hasn't got the receipt. How many times do I tell you, don't bless the Virgin until you get the receipt!
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The Future Is Here
Written by Lori Yates, Domenic Macri, Eric Ratz, John Gilbert
Performed by Lori Yates
Courtesy of Virgin/EMI Music Canada
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Wow!
11 July 2000 | by harry-76See all my reviews

So you thought your family was strange. Just take a look at Sweet William's clan, and give thanks after all for your brood. A young, well adjusted man returns home after an absence of several years to find old memories returning to haunt him. As the film weaves in and out of time zones, we experience a full portrait of the ultimate dysfunctional family. Are folks really like this, or is it just something in the Nova Scotian water? Nary a dull moment in this stimulating, often thought provoking expose. If you're game, take a deep breath and enter the world of "The Hanging Garden."


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