A recently-released prisoner and a troubled young boy share a pen-pal relationship, both connected by their past.

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Mehdi Norowzian
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Joseph Fiennes ... Stephen
Elisabeth Shue ... Mary Bloom
Justin Chambers ... Ryan Eames
Sam Shepard ... Vic
Dennis Hopper ... Horace
Deborah Kara Unger ... Caroline
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Brynne
Jake Weber ... Ben Bloom
Davis Sweatt Davis Sweatt ... Leopold - age 11
James Middleton James Middleton ... Louis
Don Henderson Baker ... Jack (as Don Baker)
David Burke David Burke ... Thomas Kingsley
Amie Quigley Amie Quigley ... Ruth Livingston
Andrew Ruse ... Mark
Zac Epstein Zac Epstein ... Kid #1
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A recently-released prisoner and a troubled young boy share a pen-pal relationship, both connected by their past.

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The boy you were is not the man you are.

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Drama

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and violent content | See all certifications »
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A letter addressed to Oxford, Mississippi, clearly has the ZIP Code 64933. The ZIP Code for Oxford, Mississippi, is 38655. There is no city with the ZIP shown in the film; ZIP's beginning with "649" would be near Kansas City, Missouri. See more »

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Written by Waz
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25 February 2005 | by socalledlifeSee all my reviews

Why had I never heard of this movie until I saw it sitting on the video store shelf? I hadn't seen Elisabeth Shue in anything really good lately, and I hadn't seen Joseph Fiennes in anything since Shakespeare In Love, so I didn't have high hopes for this movie. But I'd have to say it's one of the best I've seen in a long time.

This is one of those movies in which different story lines converge into one towards the end of the film. Fiennes is a recently released convict, having served 15 years for murder. Shue portrays a lonely wife and, later, a seemingly heartless mother. While both actors are great in this movie, Shue in particular is shocking (in a good way). Shue is unfailingly likable, whether playing a babysitter or a hooker, so seeing her as Mommy Dearest is both unsettling and refreshing. Having been in the industry for nearly 2 decades when this movie was released, it's exciting to see the (still gorgeous) actress making yet another Leaving Las Vegas-style breakthrough.

I don't want to give away any important plot points, so suffice it to say that this movie left me with the same disturbed, depressed, yet greatly moved feeling that I get from movies like American Beauty. Don't let the fact that most people have never heard of it keep you from picking it up during your next trip to the video store.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Leopold Bloom See more »

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Charleston, South Carolina, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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