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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 »

Director:

Rich Cowan

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A varázskosár See more »

Filming Locations:

Garfield, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color | Color (Alphacine)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The music for the opera Der Korb used in the film was composed by co-writer/composer Don Caron of Spokan who mentions in the featurette "Behind the Basket: Composing" that as the screenplay was developed, a story for the opera was also developed. He started composing some of the music during the three year process of writing the script, but the bulk of the music was composed in the six weeks after the movie was posted. The record booklet shown in the film at 16:06 shows the composer as Gottlieb Mueller, possibly taken from Christian Gottlieb Müller, the first music composition teacher of Richard Wagner. See more »

Goofs

The movie includes extensive dribbling of the basketball. Dribbling was not added to basketball until the 1950s. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Soundtracks

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

Move over Hollywood, here comes tri-cities plus Latah!
16 December 1999 | by JarvoSee all my reviews

I have read many reviews and they are all very positive. I would like to stress the point that it is not just a very sweet movie that is suitable for the whole family. I enjoyed it for the character development, authenticity, historical accuracy and illustration of both sides to a very difficult situation facing these people. The movie did not try to portray anyone as totally evil or good, right or wrong. That period of American history has always seemed a bit fuzzy to me and the film created an incredibly sharp view of America that would be of great interest to anyone. Beautifully photographed, interesting characters, humor, tragedy, mystery, nostalgia and history without cloying sweetness or the typical Hollywood "embellishments!" The "whole" family will enjoy this movie not because of what's "not" in it, but because of what "is" in it! The cast is a superb blend of "known" with "unknown" actors to flesh out multiple stories. This is what makes it a movie for the whole family. Every family member will have a character or story they can relate to while they watch them all come together at the end of the film.


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