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A Map of the World (1999)

R | | Drama | 21 January 2000 (USA)
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A woman's life falls apart after she's blamed for an accident on her property.

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Scott Elliott

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Jane Hamilton (novel), Peter Hedges (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Alice Goodwin
Dara Perlmutter Dara Perlmutter ... Emma Goodwin
David Strathairn ... Howard Goodwin
Kayla Perlmutter Kayla Perlmutter ... Claire Goodwin
Deborah Lobban ... Wilma Becker
Marc Donato ... Robbie Mackessy
Julianne Moore ... Theresa Collins
Chloë Sevigny ... Carole Mackessy
Richard McMillan Richard McMillan ... Lloyd
Hayley Lochner Hayley Lochner ... Audrey Collins
Victoria Rudiak Victoria Rudiak ... Lizzy Collins
Ron Lea ... Dan Collins
Brenda Robins Brenda Robins ... Mrs. Bowman
Colleen Williams Colleen Williams ... Nurse
Sarah Rosen Fruitman Sarah Rosen Fruitman ... Little Alice
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School nurse Alice Goodwin lives with her husband and two daughters on a dairy farm in a small Wisconsin community. After an accident on her property involving a friend's child, the town turns against her and Alice finds herself fighting charges of child abuse. Written by ccampbell

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A story about the amazing places life can take you. See more »

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Drama

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Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Mapa do Mundo See more »

Filming Locations:

Brampton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,017, 5 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$544,538, 9 July 2000
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alice Goodwin: I am trying to have a complete nervous breakdown, and no one will let me do it in peace!
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Outstanding Performance By Sigourney Weaver
12 February 2001 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Sigourney Weaver offers a marvellous performance in this film, playing mother and school nurse Alice Goodwin, whose world is torn apart after the death of a friend's child on her property, and the lodging of a sexual assault charge by the mother of one of the students she deals with on a regular basis.

This is most definitely NOT a light movie. It has adult themes, and some very troubling subject matter. As good as Weaver is, the supporting cast also offers some very powerful moments. David Strathairn portrays Howard Goodwin, Alice's husband, as he helplessly watches the community turn against the entire family, and as he struggles with the decisions that need to be made to free Alice. Julianna Moore (as Theresa Collins, the mother whose child died while being watched by Alice) is very believable as the grieving mother, struggling with her anger toward Alice over her daughter's death, and yet also convinced that the assault charges against her are ridiculous. The scenes between Strathairn and Collins, both playing vulnerable characters dealing with circumstances completely beyond their control, are raw with emotion. The only performance I found truly disappointing was that of Arliss Howard as attorney Paul Reverdy. I didn't find him believable in the role.

All in all, though, this is a strong movie, and well deserves an 8/10.


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