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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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Trivia

Shot in just 16 days on a budget of $100,000. Costs were kept this low by the film company InDigEnt cutting a deal with the unions. This meant that Peter Hedges was paid $10 to direct the film, and another $10 to write it. All the actors worked for $248 a day. 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

April Burns: Please give me my stupid fucking turkey!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Ego Trip's Race-O-Rama (2005) 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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Slightly Bizarre, and Very Sweet
7 January 2005 | by DarguzSee all my reviews

"Once there was this one day where everybody seemed to know they needed each other. This one day when they knew for certain that they couldn't do it alone." (April, trying to explain the origins of Thanksgiving.) That ultimately is what this movie is about -- people needing people, and the inter-relationships of people. It's about April and her family, but it's also about April and Bobby, the Lee family, Eugene and Evette, and even Wayne, who needs somebody, but misses connecting once again. Jim needs Joy, Bobby needs Latrell, Joy needs her family, she and Timmy need the bikers, and it just goes on and on. We all need one another and touch one another, and those touches spread out and out. Beautiful.

I also loved all the little twists, such as the stiff, middle-aged mother chiding her teenage son about properly rolling a joint; and the puncturing of stereotypes and prejudices. When Bobby's waiting by the phone for Latrell, it's probably tempting to think he's doing a drug deal or some other unsavory activity. But I knew better; I was laughing well before it was revealed what they were up to. Magnificent.

Another one to add to the video library, and I'm going to have to check out more Peter Hedges (though I have seen Gilbert Grape).


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