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The Giving Tree (2000)

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Nine former schoolmates are invited to a cabin for a reunion, but their hostess commits suicide. They all try to find out the reason why.

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Cameron Thor

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Tiffany Salerno (story), Tim Puntillo (story) (as Timothy Puntillo) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Applegate ... Emily
Justin Lazard ... T.J.
Johnathon Schaech ... James
Moon Unit Zappa ... Alex (as Moon Zappa)
Molly Ringwald ... Penelope
Tiffany Salerno Tiffany Salerno ... Zoey
Leslie Horan ... Sara
Kate Luyben ... Vanilla / Paula
James C. Victor ... Jules
Brad Harrison Brad Harrison ... Harrison
Stephen Lisk Stephen Lisk ... Zack
Paul Gleason ... Mr. Forrester
Judee Morton Judee Morton ... Mrs. Forrester (as Judith Fraser)
Joel West ... Kyle
Alan Marshall Alan Marshall ... Tate
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Storyline

Nine former schoolmates, staying at a secluded mountain cabin for a reunion, try to figure out why one of their friends and their hostess would invite them there and commit suicide which prompts them to look into the mysterious and dark past of their 10th friend. Written by matt-282

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Taglines:

Best Friends, Dark Secrets

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, sexuality, a scene of sexual assault and drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brutal Truth See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When the guests go into the house for the first time...there is a bandage on Molly Ringwald's foot as she heads up the stairs. Inside the house...when the piano is uncovered...no bandage is present. See more »

Soundtracks

You Make Me Make You
Written by Shawn Thompson and Barry Coffing
Performed by Shawn Thompson
Published by Tweakin' Music and Barry Coffing Music (BMI)
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An unusual mix of comedy and dark reality
16 February 2002 | by krkempSee all my reviews

I thought this was a good movie. I thought the acting was good for the most part and I really liked the soundtrack. I found the movie to be an unusual mix of light comedy about a group of old friends getting together with their various personality clashes contrasted against a look at the dark realities of the existence of pure evil in this world. But the movie also had a dramatic side as well. The violence in this movie was very hard to watch but needed to be shown to help viewers understand what happens to Emily. I think the main message of the movie is that some good can come out of even the most horrible things. The movie was also trying to show that although you can never be completely protected from the existence of evil in the world, you have to continue on and search for the goodness in the world. I gave this movie an 8 out of 10.


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