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Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery | 28 September 2001 (USA)
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A widowed mother and her son change when a mysterious stranger enters their lives.

Director:

Scott Hicks

Writers:

Stephen King (book), William Goldman (screenplay)
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Ted Brautigan
Anton Yelchin ... Bobby Garfield
Hope Davis ... Liz Garfield
Mika Boorem ... Carol Gerber
David Morse ... Adult Bobby Garfield
Alan Tudyk ... Monte Man
Tom Bower ... Len Files
Celia Weston ... Alana Files
Adam LeFevre ... Don Biderman
Will Rothhaar ... John Sullivan
Timothy Reifsnyder ... Harry Doolin (as Timmy Reifsnyder)
Deirdre O'Connell ... Mrs. Gerber
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Mr. Oliver
Joe Blankenship ... Richie O'Rourke (as Joe T. Blankenship)
Brett Fleisher ... Willie Shearman
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Storyline

This is a gentle, innocent film about the reflections of an aging man, who returns to his home town after the death of his best friend. Memories of life at age 11 floods back as it was a magical time that changed his life. Three 11 year old children (Bobby, Carol, and Sully) share their lives. Carol and Bobby have a special affection for one another including sharing a kiss "by which all others will be measured". Bobby lives with his mother, a bitter, vain woman who looks for pleasures for herself without sharing much with her son. Into their lives comes a mysterious new boarder, who befriends the boy but generates distrust from the mother. As time passes, the man and boy share confidences and special powers are revealed. The man warns the boy to be on the lookout for the "lowmen", who were seeking him. The two share a summer's adventures and come to love one another before the inevitable happens. A confrontation with a school bully also changes everyone. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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What if one of life's great mysteries moved in upstairs?

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nostalgia del pasado See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,021,494, 30 September 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,185,781, 2 December 2001
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To create his character of Ted Brautigan, Anthony Hopkins needed only to look into his past. "Ted Brautigan reminds me of my grandfather on my mother's side of the family," said the actor. "I was very close to him as a child. And he was very close to me. He had a profound influence in my life - a very gentle, but profound influence. He gave me some courage and hope that I wasn't the dummy I thought I was. He was very encouraging in his life and this is what Ted Brautigan is with this boy." See more »

Goofs

(at around 31 mins) A school bus with a retractable stop sign attached to its side stops and then continues on. School buses did not start using that design until the 1980s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bobby Garfield (Adult): Whenever it wants, the past can come kicking the door down. And you never know where it's going to take you. All you can do is hope it's a place you want to go.
Bobby Garfield (Adult): [answering machine message] Hi, you have reached the Garfield family. Jill and the boys are away skiing, you can reach them on their various cellphones. Me, I'm going to be on the road for a few days. I'll be back Tuesday.
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Crazy Credits

WV Films LLC and WXFilm Partners L.P. is the author of this motion picture for the purposes of copyright and other laws See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
(1933)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Performed by The Platters
Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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GREAT FILM!!!!
20 September 2002 | by dan_in_denverSee all my reviews

This movie was a great surprise! I never read the Stephen King novel that this film comes from, but as always, King has crafted an intriguing and absorbing story.

Anthony Hopkins never disappoints and his performance as Ted Brautigan here is no different.

Brautigan lives upstairs from young Bobby Garfield and his widowed mother and a friendship soon develops between Bobby and Ted. Bobby knows that there is something different about Ted, and the bond between them grows when Bobby starts uncovering some of Ted's secrets. Bobby's father passed away when he was very young and he has no knowledge of who his father was except the word of his neglectful mother that his father was a drunkard and gambler. Bobby, through Ted learns a lot about his father, and more importantly, himself.

I don't want to give away too much of the plot of this wonderful movie, especially if like me you have not read the book. This is a thoughtful, insightful, well written and well acted movie and is definitely a part of my own library.

Dont miss Hearts in Atlantis.. you will be sorry if you do!! 8/10


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