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Pieces of April (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 28 November 2003 (USA)
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A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.

Director:

Peter Hedges

Writer:

Peter Hedges
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Holmes ... April Burns
Derek Luke ... Bobby
Oliver Platt ... Jim Burns
Alison Pill ... Beth Burns
John Gallagher Jr. ... Timmy Burns
Patricia Clarkson ... Joy Burns
Alice Drummond ... Grandma Dottie
Vitali Baganov ... Half Asleep Man
Lillias White ... Evette
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Eugene
Adrian Martinez ... Man in Mohair Sweater
Susan Bruce Susan Bruce ... Tish
Jamari Richardson Jamari Richardson ... Boy on Bicycle
Leila Danette Leila Danette ... Woman in Stairwell
Stephen Chen Stephen Chen ... Lee Loung Tan
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Storyline

In a very poor zone of New York, April Burns and her boyfriend, the Afro-American Bobby, are preparing to receive April's family for thanksgiving dinner. While Bobby tries to borrow a suit for himself, April realizes that her stove is broken. She tries desperately to find a neighbor that can let her cook the turkey, since she does not want to fail (again) with her family. Meanwhile, in a suburb of Pennsylvania, her dysfunctional family is preparing to travel to New York. While driving, the relationship between the Burns and their black-sheep April is disclosed through the conversations between her father Jim, her resented mother Joy, her brother, her sister and her grandmother. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

She's the one in every family.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality, drug content and images of nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

28 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pieces of April - Ein Tag mit April Burns See more »

Filming Locations:

Bear Mountain, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,422, 19 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,528,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$743,364
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Gallagher Jr. (Timmy Burns) & Alison Pill (Beth Burns) also worked together on The Newsroom (2012) as Jim Harper & Maggie Jordan respectively. See more »

Goofs

When Bobby goes out, April is shown with a bandage on her finger long before she actually cuts it. See more »

Quotes

Joy Burns: I'm giving you a choice. You can either let me study the map, or you can rely on my uncanny sense of direction. Which will it be?
Timmy Burns: Uncanny sense of direction!
Joy Burns: Okay.
[silence]
Joy Burns: Where are we?
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Crazy Credits

In memory of my mother, Carole Hedges, who loved every day. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.11 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
Arrangement by Johnny Sedona
Performed by Johnny Sedona
Courtesy of Killer Tracks
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First cooking attempt out of love
7 December 2010 | by mmunierSee all my reviews

OMG, as a retired person I can switch the TV on whenever I like and do so often at noon, but today I was not prepared for this! I just planted myself at the breakfast bar on a bar stool and proceed to something some call lunch and clicked on the TV. "Pieces of April", what kind of title is this, another tele movie to entertain my lunch for a few minutes? - weeeell, so much more than that, at times "lunch" had problem to find its way down as there was a big lump in my throat and my watery eyes glued on the TV set wondering what would happen next, and would it be good. I could not believe this wonderful work had passed me without saying hello in one form or other. I can't understand the detachment from TV channels, they'll beat you ears to no end with some insignificant trash, but won't say a word about this kind of art work. On the other end I'm glad they did not as it was such a joy to see this without any expectations. You can't help but being involved in the plot. You become part of this young woman's struggle to achieve a goal against all odds. And will she succeed? This question remains in her mind and yours till the very end, you can't guess, you can only hope in despair with her. As for the guests to her effort, a Thanks Giving dinner, You may understand them but you may also wonder about them. I hope you will see this film, just like me, with no idea at all about what it is. but it would be an even greater disaster if you did not see it at all.


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