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The Basket (1999)

PG | | Drama | 5 May 2000 (USA)
A picturesque Pacific Northwest community raising its wheat and children in the midst of a nation reeling from World War I sets the stage for The Basket. In a time of pain and prejudice ... See full summary »


Rich Cowan


Don Caron (screenplay), Rich Cowan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Coyote ... Martin Conlon
Karen Allen ... Bessie Emery
Robert Burke ... Helmut Brink (as Robert Karl Burke)
Amber Willenborg Amber Willenborg ... Brigitta Brink
Jock MacDonald Jock MacDonald ... Nicholas Emery
Eric Dane ... Tom Emery
Brian Skala ... Nathan Emery
Casey Cowan Casey Cowan ... Samuel Emery
Tony Lincoln Tony Lincoln ... Reverend Simms
Patrick Treadway ... Frederick Treadway
Ellen Travolta ... Agnes
Jack Bannon ... Marcus
Elwon Bakly Elwon Bakly ... Ben Emery
Joey Travolta ... Charlie Cohn
Paul Hostetler Paul Hostetler ... Old Helmut Brink


A picturesque Pacific Northwest community raising its wheat and children in the midst of a nation reeling from World War I sets the stage for The Basket. In a time of pain and prejudice woven against a background of beauty, The Basket ultimately points to triumph and hope in a changing America. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild violence and brief language | See all certifications »


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English | German

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A varázskosár See more »

Filming Locations:

Garfield, Washington, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,300, 7 May 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$609,042, 29 April 2001
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


Color | Color (Alphacine)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director of Photography Dan Heigh mentions that the "hero angle" of shots of Helmut slowly rise throughout the film, starting with the camera looking down at Helmut in the early scenes and ending with the camera looking up at Helmut in the last scenes. [00:35:43] See more »


When we see the envelope Mr. Conlon is mailing (04:38), it shows the 2-letter state abbreviations for Washington and Massachusetts. These weren't adopted until 1963, when zip codes were introduced. More likely, the abbreviations would have been Wash. and Mass. See more »


[Tom tries to justify his going to war after his brother Ben dies of battle injuries]
Tom Emery: Ben told me all about the war.
Brigitta: And where is Ben now?
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Crazy Credits

"You Name It" ... Mike Cassell Thanks to ... All the Babysitters See more »


Der Korb
(The Basket) The Opera
Composed by Don Caron
Performed by The Hungarian Symphony Orchestra
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User Reviews

Very well done, thought-provoking, and touching
8 June 2002 | by Melissa AliceSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this film very much. Everything was authentic, the actors were great, and the story was moving and captivating. Despite a lot of sadness, the movie also portrayed happiness. There was a great level of depth in character that keeps you thinking on about them and wondering more about them. The main theme of the movie is also a thought-provoking subject: prejudice. Learning to work together, learning to "fly" with others is a good lesson to learn. The sets and scenery were beautiful (God's creation is beautiful!), and the music was quite captivating & appropriate, even though I don't particularly like opera. There were a few flaws in the movie, such as a few swear words, and perhaps a lack of a few things, but over all it was a very good movie. (Entertaining & interesting behind the scenes commentaries, too, on the DVD.)

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