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Winslow Homer: An American Original (1999)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Family | TV Movie 6 June 1999
Winslow Homer leaves his post as Civil War illustrator and seeks solitude. He meets two teenagers who, like him, are haunted by the aftermath of the war.


Graeme Lynch


Heather Conkie




Cast overview:
Wayne Best ... Winslow Homer
Ryan DeBoer Ryan DeBoer ... Gabe
Tamara Hope ... Fee
Jennifer Gould Jennifer Gould ... Miss Harper
Brenda Devine Brenda Devine ... Gabe's Mother
Ron Payne Ron Payne ... Jack
Clyde Whitham ... Fee's Father
Allan Aarons Allan Aarons ... Gabe's Father


Searching for peace and quiet to work on his paintings while being haunted by images of the Civil War, Winslow Homer's solitude is interrupted by two children. Gabe lives in the shadow of his soldier brother and talks constantly of the glory of being a sharp shooter. Fiona is a compulsive liar with the belief that any life is better than her own. The three are connect by the "ghosts" which follow them. Eventually, they come to rely on one another for friendship as Homer uses the Gabe and Fee as the subjects of many paintings depicting the beauty of everyday life. Written by Max Vaughn

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Biography | Drama | Family | War


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Winslow Homer: I know that I for one am going to say goodbye to all my old ghosts.
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Great for 5th grade art class
9 February 2016 | by pickettmillsSee all my reviews

I show this film in my 5th grade art class every year. All of the films in this series (The Artist's Specials) are good for that age group. They are well acted and written and make it interesting for the students, in that a young person befriends the artist, and becomes part of their story. In this case, Homer has recently returned from being a field artist for the magazine, Harpers Weekly, during the Civil War. As the film begins, he is staying at a friend's farm in New York state in order to do some painting. Homer, who was famously reclusive, wants to be left alone to paint. A boy and a girl, who, are misfits of their own, become models in some of his paintings, and, eventually friends with Homer, and with each other. The length of the film is perfect for giving a sense of the painter and his life, and yet not too long to be shown in class. Check out the entire series! Bravo and thank you to the producers, Devine Entertainment.

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6 June 1999 (USA) See more »

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Ontario, Canada

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