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
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The Garfield house was shot in Staunton, Virginia, although the story, Bobby's library card (at around seven minutes), and the license plate on Don Biderman's car (at around fifty-seven minutes) are from Connecticut, but Scott Hicks explains (commentary at 57:12) "we had to shoot a little further south, because the Fall was coming on us, and the further south you go, the slightly later the Fall happens." See more »
When Ted offers Bobby the job of reading the newspaper to him as they are seated at the table in Ted's apartment, things move about on the table top. At 17:25, in a medium shot of Bobby from behind Ted, the cup, sugar and creamer, and Bobby's root beer are aligned. At 17:26, in a medium shot of Ted drinking his root beer from behind Bobby, the sugar and creamer have moved to Bobby's left out of alignment. At 17:29, in a medium shot of Bobby from behind Ted, the sugar and creamer have moved back, but Bobby's root beer has moved to his left out of alignment. See more »
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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Thanks to the citizens of Richmond and Staunton, Virginia See more »
To many, Stephan King is a well of horror, Lovecraftian chill that creeps upon us in the dead of night. So when his fantasy of insight comes along, they are struck blind, disappointed, let down by the mildness of the tale.
Director Hicks, screenplay writer Goldman, and the superlative team of Mr. Hopkins and young Yelchin have brought alive this artist's touch of Mr. King, in a finely crafted, sensitive film that just departs from the four walls of our mundane reality. In many subtle touches throughout the film, we -- even those of us Constant Readers who would read Mr. King's laundry list if he published it -- are guided through Goldman's skillful adaptation of the original novel.
Better than the book? Worse? No, this humble viewer will just say that the film can stand on its own, if we are just willing to let our eyes be opened to what can be.
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