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Earthly Possessions (1999)

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A bored wife, who is planning to run away from her minister husband, is taken hostage in a bank robbery. However, she sees the thrill in being involved in the chase and becomes an ... See full summary »

Director:

James Lapine

Writers:

Anne Tyler (book), Steven Rogers (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Charlotte Emory
Phoebe Lapine Phoebe Lapine ... Cheerleader #1
Anna Rose Menken Anna Rose Menken ... Cheerleader #2 (as Anna Manken)
Marge Redmond ... Old Woman In Bank
Danielle Ferland Danielle Ferland ... Baby Whitehead
Stephen Dorff ... Jake Simms, Jr.
Marialisa Costanzo Marialisa Costanzo ... Screaming Woman
William Hill ... Bank Guard
Brenda Currin ... Street Witness
Margo Martindale ... Libby
Julyana Soelistyo Julyana Soelistyo ... Sour Waitress
Tak Wah Eng Tak Wah Eng ... Bartender
Boyd Gaines ... Announcer
Deborah Rush ... Heidi Anderson
John Christopher Jones ... Marvel Hodge
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A bored wife, who is planning to run away from her minister husband, is taken hostage in a bank robbery. However, she sees the thrill in being involved in the chase and becomes an accomplice to helping the younger robber escape his pursuers. As things progress, she learns he pulled the robbery to get enough money to help his pregnant girlfriend leave a home for unwed mothers. The two have a brief flirtation, but it is clear the housewife just needs something to enliven her life. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Charlotte wasn't looking to meet Jake. And Jake wasn't looking to take a hostage. Some people should look where they're going.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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The film was shot entirely on location in the New York/New Jersey area at the request of star Susan Sarandon due to her well-known and publicized policy of filming projects close to home during the school year in order to be close to her children and not to disrupt their routine. See more »

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Jake: Look, I'm not one of your kids, lady, so don't try and lecture me.
Charlotte: [interrupting] Oh, I haven't got any kids.
Jake: What? You said that...
Charlotte: Well I lied. After my miscarriage I couldn't have any.
[beat]
Charlotte: I lie to myself sometimes. I pretend I have kids. I pretend what they would be like...
[beat]
Charlotte: I've never told that to anyone before.
Jake: I didn't mean any of those things I said.
Charlotte: I know.
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Requiem, K. 626
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Chemistry 101
10 July 2004 | by rava-1See all my reviews

There are real sparks here between Sarandon and Dorff and their performances give Earthly Possessions some real emotional weight. I've never been much impressed with Dorff in the past, but playing against Sarandon seems to lift him to a new level as an actor. His physicality serves him well in this role and Jake's hotheaded moments are both funny and slightly threatening (a hard line to walk). Sarandon builds her character so effortlessly that all of Charlotte's personality just magically appears before the viewer. Is there anything she can't do as an actress? The screenplay shows some big changes from Anne Tyler's book, but it does do a good job of capturing the novel's quirky mix of drama and comedy. Many people mention dissatisfaction with the movie's ending and I felt it too. In the novel the ending feels natural and right, but it's as if this screenplay didn't quite take into account the sexual sparks that would be generated between the two leads. Because Sarandon and Dorff have this chemistry together and do such a great job showing the characters challenging each other to be better people, the inclusion of the girlfriend and the "earthly" resolution feel like intruders in a great romantic drama. It left me wishing that instead of an adaptation of Tyler's book (which deals with taking responsibility for choices), the movie was just a continuation of Charlotte and Jake's journey together. In the movie, you just KNOW that their being together is right, even if this isn't the message in the screenplay; that difference leaves the viewer dissatisfied. In a way though, it is more satisfying that the movie doesn't have a pat ending and Charlotte and Jake's relationship is more complicated than it has to be. Movies that challenge our expectations are rare enough these days.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destino fatale See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Rastar Pictures See more »
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