7.1/10
540
21 user 11 critic

The Book of Stars (1999)

| Drama | 1999 (USA)
After their parents' untimely death in a car accident, Penny struggles to take care of her younger sister Mary, who suffers from an incurable disease. A precocious former poet, Penny has ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Miner

Writer:

Tasca Shadix
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

American Girl (2002)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A pregnant teenager is determined to leave her trailer park home with the hope of living a happy family life.

Director: Jordan Brady
Stars: Jena Malone, Harmony Blossom, Erik von Detten
Hope (TV Movie 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During the early 1960s, Kate is faced with a dreary small-town existence, surrounded by her mother, who is a stroke victim, and her bigoted Uncle Ray, who owns a theatre. When a black ... See full summary »

Director: Goldie Hawn
Stars: Christine Lahti, Jena Malone, Catherine O'Hara
Lying (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A long weekend brings four women together in the countryside. Virtual strangers, the women are forced to navigate the depths of social interaction. On the surface all seems placid. But the atmosphere of calm is a facade.

Director: M. Blash
Stars: Chloë Sevigny, Jena Malone, Maya Goldsmith
Corn (2004)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Emily returns to her family's sheep farm in rural Pennsylvania after an affair with the politician who has fathered her baby. Doubted by the community she has returned to, she questions her... See full summary »

Director: Dave Silver
Stars: Jena Malone, Pamela Gray, Peter McRobbie
Ellen Foster (TV Movie 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home.

Director: John Erman
Stars: Julie Harris, Jena Malone, Ted Levine
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Penny McGuire
Jena Malone ... Mary McGuire
Karl Geary ... Kristjan
Delroy Lindo ... Professor
Monica Hart ... News Anchor
D.B. Sweeney ... Prisoner
Gina Nagy Gina Nagy ... Prisoner's Wife
Tina Marie Goff Tina Marie Goff ... Clinic Doctor
Sean G. Griffin Sean G. Griffin ... Store Owner (as Seán G. Griffin)
John Considine ... Lost John
Bob Morrisey ... Silhouetted John
Kevin Phillip Kevin Phillip ... Peter
Ron Otis Ron Otis ... Astronaut
William Salyers ... Hospital Doctor
Leslie Do Qui Leslie Do Qui ... Internist (as Leslie Doqui)
Edit

Storyline

After their parents' untimely death in a car accident, Penny struggles to take care of her younger sister Mary, who suffers from an incurable disease. A precocious former poet, Penny has turned to prostitution as a means of support, but Mary is determined to re-ignite a spark of hope in Penny's life by expressing her deepest feelings in her BOOK OF STARS. With the aid of the Professor, who is a friend and neighbor, Mary secretly corresponds on her sister's behalf with a Prisoner, who is inspired by the book of poetry Penny wrote as a young girl. Although Mary's BOOK OF STARS manifests her wishes, it is ultimately Penny who must live out its ending, when Mary passes away. It is the depth of love and trust between two sisters which pulls Penny back from the brink of self-destruction to embrace Mary's legacy -- a sense of magic, light, hope and the promise of tomorrow. Written by Michael Miner

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cu ochii spre stele See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Mary: It's funny, what you say about your country, how it doesn't exist. It's kind of like that with me and Penny.
See more »

Crazy Credits

In the end credits it says: "In Memory of Johnine Novosel". See more »

Connections

Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

almost made me cry at the end....ALMOST!!!!
5 January 2002 | by swatwatSee all my reviews

Just saw this film on cable this afternoon and it was pretty darn good. I just about shed a tear at the end and that hasn't happened for me since I saw "Brians Song" like 20some years ago. Everyone in the small talented cast deserves kudos...


1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching



Recently Viewed