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A Map of the World (1999)

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A woman's life falls apart after she's blamed for an accident on her property.

Director:

Scott Elliott

Writers:

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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Storyline

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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Det er i modgang, du skal kende dine venner... [Denmark] See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Sound Mix:

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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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

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Challenging story for a debut director
7 February 2000 | by marck-2See all my reviews

Stage director Scott Elliott had his hands full with this story, and while it has its moments, overall his choices didn't really add up to a winner. Some people have sleighted this movie because of how "quickly" the trial is taken care of near the end, but in fact the book is the same way, and for good reason: the trial is not what the story is about. Unfortunately, as with so many book-to-film translations, the poetry of the prose and thus some of the deeper meanings are lost. Some of the changes between the film and the book work effectively to condense dozens of pages into one idea (the "wall of baby pictures" in the jail helps quickly convey Alice's changing relationship with her unit mates), but other changes only serve to hammer home a point that was made with much more subtlety in the book. (Did we really need angry graffiti on the side of the Goodwin's house? WE GET IT -- the town didn't like them!) Pat Metheny's original soundtrack was beautifully melodic, as he usually is, but it didn't fit in with the feel of the movie, and surprisingly, it didn't have much of the Midwest sensibilities one would expect from a composer from Missouri. Nonetheless, this movie will at least be worth a video rental, especially if you are a Sigourney Weaver fan and want to see her doing something other than an _Alien_ pic. While it took me awhile to warm to it, her portrayal of Alice in the end is stunning, and much more complex than anything else in this movie.


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