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Stone Reader (2002)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Drama | January 2002 (USA)
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Carl Brandt Carl Brandt
Frank Conroy Frank Conroy
Bruce Dobler Bruce Dobler
Robert C.S. Downs Robert C.S. Downs
Robert Ellis Robert Ellis
Leslie Fiedler Leslie Fiedler ... Himself
Ed Gorman Ed Gorman
Robert Gottlieb Robert Gottlieb
John Kashiwabara John Kashiwabara
Norman Mailer ... (archive sound)
Mark Moskowitz Mark Moskowitz
Dow Mossman Dow Mossman
William Cotter Murray William Cotter Murray
Mario Puzo ... (archive sound)
John Seelye John Seelye
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book | novel | quest | See All (3) »

Genres:

Documentary | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2002 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,682, 17 February 2003

Gross USA:

$260,523

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$260,523
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Jet Films LLC See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color
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Connections

References Shakespeare in Love (1998) See more »

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Enjoy it for what it is.
19 April 2004 | by tony-mastrogiorgioSee all my reviews

It seems those few critics and IMDB (and Amazon) reviewers who criticized it--occasionally while still giving it a favorable mark--are intent on complaining about what the movie ISN'T rather than what it is. Sure, the fictionalized shots of guys getting the book in the mail, etc., violate The Great Ethics of Documentary Films brought down from Sinai by Moses. (You know, Thou Shalt Not Recreate). And, yes, he does meander a bit and delay the pay off, but...so what?

This is more a conversation about books than a movie in any conventional sense. Complaints that some many interviews don't move him towards the goal of finding Dow Mossman miss the point that the interviews are themselves interesting conversations about the love of good books. Visiting Sealy (the NY Times reviewer who inspired him to read the book) doesn't solve anything--but who wouldn't want to hang around with him a couple of days discussing great reads? Of course, when he finds Dow, what do they do? They immediately talk about books! Love of books permeates everything here, most poignantly and surprisingly in the clearly emotional response the agent Carl Brandt has to being reminded of what he considers a great book and reflecting on a missed career.

Let's put it this way: if you love books, if you love talking about novels, if you get a thrill of excitement when you over hear a conversation about a book you love, then you will enjoy The Stone Reader. It is not conventionally well made, but thank heavens for that. It could be "better", but I doubt it could be more enjoyable.


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