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A Piece of Eden (2000)

A New York press agent applies his show-business acumen to revitalize his ailing father's Indiana fruit farm.

Director:

John D. Hancock

Writer:

Dorothy Tristan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Grapey ... Bob Tredici
Rebecca Harrell Tickell ... Happy Buchanan
Tyne Daly ... Aunt Aurelia
Frederic Forrest ... Paulo Tredici
Andreas Katsulas ... Giuseppe Tredici
Robert Breuler ... Franco Tredici
Tristan Rogers ... Victor Hardwick
Irma St. Paule Irma St. Paule ... Maria at 90
Marshall Efron ... Andres
Jeff Puckett Jeff Puckett ... Gregory Tredici
Julia Swart Julia Swart ... Claire Tredici
Rengin Altay Rengin Altay ... Maria at 30
Lara Phillips ... TV Reporter
Jeannette Washluske Jeannette Washluske ... Nurse
James Ferguson James Ferguson ... Teenage Franco
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A New York press agent applies his show-business acumen to revitalize his ailing father's Indiana fruit farm.

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indiana | farm | independent film | See All (3) »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

13 See more »

Filming Locations:

LaPorte, Indiana, USA See more »

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Film Acres See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Small independent gem
30 August 2003 | by irmavepSee all my reviews

Deftly directed and beautifully acted, this movie is a little gem that didn't get nearly enough attention when it first came out. It is both a perfect family film and a poignant, satisfying movie experience for adults. The movie explores the complex relationships among a tightly-knit family of farmers whose prodigal Hollywood son returns home when his powerful old-fashioned father takes ill. The son returns to confront the responsibilities, and the relatives, he left behind. The ensemble of talented character actors create an atmosphere that is totally real, colorful and engaging. The director balances numerous family relationships: an old and bitter feud between father and uncle (excellent performances by both actors); the Old Country values of the grandmother; the competition between the two nephews for their share of the farm; and the shyly blossoming romance between the two leads. The plot offers enough twists and turns to keep you watching and wondering how it will all turn out. Shot on location at a glorious old farm in America's heartland, the film is a statement about the American spirit, the conflicts between old world values and modern ambitions, and ultimately about family bonds that can never be broken. Film buffs take note: the romantic female lead is the same actress (all grown up now) who played the little girl in Hancock's earlier children's feature, "Prancer."


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