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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 »

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Michael Miner

Writer:

Tasca Shadix
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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)
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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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cu ochii spre stele See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Penny: Listen children, if you learn to touch early in the morning, you will have brave touchings and golden sunsets. Otherwise, I can only promise... sunsets.
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In the end credits it says: "In Memory of Johnine Novosel". See more »

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References Love on the Run (1979) See more »

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Beautiful and poetic film
24 July 2001 | by pg0346See all my reviews

I recently saw this film at the Stony Brook Film Festival. It was a very beautiful and emotional film. Jena Malone's performance was incredible. I'm sure we are going to see a lot of her in the future. I was fortunate to speak with Jena at the reception before the screening and I was amazed by her intelligence and poise. I also spoke with the director, Michael Miner, known for writing the Robocop films. It was obvious that this was a labor of love for him and he did a wonderful job. Mary Stuart Masterson's performance is one of her best. Delroy Lindo also provides capable support and Karl Geary gives a great performance as a Hungarian soldier. His accent was amazing. He must of had a good dialect coach considering he is from Ireland.


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