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The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 9 May 1999
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A ninety-one-year-old carpenter (Sidney Poitier), who is still in completely good health, has to fight developers who are trying to force him to sell his land.

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Gregg Champion
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Sidney Poitier ... Noah Dearborn
Dianne Wiest ... Sarah McClellan
Mary-Louise Parker ... Dr. Valerie Crane
George Newbern ... Christian Nelson
Roxzane T. Mims ... Noah's Mother
Afemo Omilami ... Noah's Father
Bernie Casey ... Silas
James Thomas Lee Knight ... 8-year-old Noah
Christopher Ryan Dunn Christopher Ryan Dunn ... 10-year-old Noah
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frances Bay ... Mrs. Lewis
John Bedford Lloyd ... Robert Murphy
Donna Biscoe ... Nurse
Sharon Blackwood ... Gretchen
Von Coulter Von Coulter ... Petrini
Tommy Cresswell ... Dr. Hartman
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Sitting on 35 acres of Georgia land coveted by a shopping mall developer, 90+years-old Noah Dearborn is untainted by modern life. He's never heard of the Beatles, and his only interest is his woodworking, in which he excels. The girlfriend of one of the developers is a psychologist, and is asked to evaluate Noah for a possible move to have him declared incompetent. But she soon falls under his spell of a simple life and becomes his ally in his fight to keep his land. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Leben ist was Wunderbares See more »

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Production Co:

Trimark Pictures See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Story of a humble carpenter
28 December 2002 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

Sidney Poitier is still a great actor and this film is a demonstration of his skills. Here he is a carpenter touched by his tough life, which taught him to work as much as possible without hurting anyone. But one day some people wanted to take him away of his land and the tragedy started for him. However he took it as part of life and fought against it with patience and showing himself calm. The morale of the film is simply excellent.


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