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Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ted mentions the Library Policemen. This is the title of another story by Stephen King, from the anthology "Four Past Midnight". See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

Thanks to the citizens of Richmond and Staunton, Virginia See more »

Connections

Features The Bugs Bunny Show (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Taps
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Butterfield
Played by a bugler at the funeral
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The wonders of youth viewed through a prism
3 January 2003 | by Craig McPhersonSee all my reviews

There are two distinct dimensions to Stephen King's writing. On the one hand he is most widely known as the horror meister who can churn out novels quicker than most of us can go through toilet paper. Then there is the King who knows when to leave the schlock behind and tell a good, character driven, yarn.

This is the King who penned Hearts in Atlantis, along with similar captivating stories turned into film such as Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.

Told in flashback, it is the story of a young boy who is mentored by a psychically gifted border (Hopkins) with a shadowy past who is renting the upstairs room in his mother's house. He instructs the boy to be on the lookout for the "low men" who are persuing him. It tells the story of lives and loves lost in the fleeting wonder of youth. Filled with metaphor, this is a gem of a film. View it for the acting. View it for the cinematography. View it for the art direction. View it for the directing. But most of all, view it for the wonderful story that it is. It will captivate you and leave you wishing it would go on forever.


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