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The Magic of Marciano (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 February 2000 (USA)
A 10-year-old boy shares an intense bond with his mentally ill mother. The youth's life is turned upside down when his mother lapses into violent psychosis. A former psychiatrist takes pity... See full summary »

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Tony Barbieri

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cody Morgan ... James
Nastassja Kinski ... Katie
Robert Forster ... Henry
Jason Cairns Jason Cairns ... Curt
Will Cochran Will Cochran ... Peter
Eugene Clark ... Del
Jennifer Overton Jennifer Overton ... Mary
Bruce Godfree Bruce Godfree ... Kevin
Ron Hartmann Ron Hartmann ... Male judge (as Ron Hartman)
Marcia Bennett ... Carol
John Fulton John Fulton ... Lloyd
Billy Kay ... Brendan
Leah Randell Leah Randell ... Lucy
Catherine Fordham ... Linda
Dawn McKelvie Cyr Dawn McKelvie Cyr ... Ms. Bergez
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A 10-year-old boy shares an intense bond with his mentally ill mother. The youth's life is turned upside down when his mother lapses into violent psychosis. A former psychiatrist takes pity on, and then custody of, the child. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes you must lose what you have... to find what you need.

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France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le vele della liberta See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is a marvelous story, well acted, written and directed.
19 January 2004 | by esther3689See all my reviews

This story of a mentally ill mother and her steadfast son is realistic, touching and unsentimental. Rather than the melodramatic circumlocations that this theme tends to engender, this is a rock-solid, realistic representation of what probably would or could happen in the real world. It even has an upbeat ending which is not the full blown Hollywood fantasy, but the best that life can offer when it's functioning well. Miss Kinski is terrific in it, Robert Forster is a gem of a warm and intelligent actor and Cody, who plays James, is a wonder. If what you want to see is an excellent film, with a real story, artistically done, with some fantasy scenes to flesh out some inner feelings, and held together with superb acting...then this is for you. If you prefer Hollywood glamour, sentimental soporific themes and ridiculous action, find any readily available commercial film instead.


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