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A Home at the End of the World (2004)

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A boy who has experienced many losses in his life grows to manhood and enters into a love triangle with a woman and his boyhood friend.

Director:

Michael Mayer

Writers:

Michael Cunningham (novel), Michael Cunningham (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Chalmers Andrew Chalmers ... Bobby Morrow (1967)
Ryan Donowho ... Carlton Morrow
Asia Vieira ... Emily
Quancetia Hamilton Quancetia Hamilton ... Dancing Party Guest
Jeff J.J. Authors Jeff J.J. Authors ... Frank (as Jeffrey Authors)
Lisa Merchant Lisa Merchant ... Frank's Date
Ron Lea ... Burt Morrow
Erik Smith ... Bobby Morrow (1974)
Harris Allan ... Jonathan Glover (1974)
Matt Frewer ... Ned Glover
Sissy Spacek ... Alice Glover
Colin Farrell ... Bobby Morrow (1982)
Dallas Roberts ... Jonathan Glover (1982)
Robin Wright ... Clare (as Robin Wright Penn)
Shawn Roberts ... Club Boy
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Storyline

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Hours" comes a story that chronicles a dozen years in the lives of two best friends who couldn't be more different. From suburban Cleveland in the 60s, to New York City in the 80s, where they meet an older woman, the film charts a journey of trials, triumphs, loves and losses. Now the question is: can they navigate the unusual triangle they've created and hold their friendship together? Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Family can be whatever you want it to be.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong drug content, sexuality, nudity, language and a disturbing accident | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2004 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Uma Casa no Fim do Mundo See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,728, 25 July 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,029,872, 6 June 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,548,955, 6 June 2013
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Scenes featuring Colin Farrell nude were cut from the movie because they were too distracting for test audiences. See more »

Goofs

When Jonathan's mom catches Bobby and her son smoking pot in the bedroom, the two teenagers are listening to Laura Nyro's "Desiree" on a vinyl player. As soon as the song ends, "It's Gonna Take a Miracle" starts playing, without any tracks being skipped. But on Nyro's "Gonna Take a Miracle" album (which features both songs), "Desiree" is on side A while "It's Gonna Take a Miracle" is on side B (it's the last song on the album). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Emily is having sex with Carlton and sees Bobby in the doorway]
Emily: Oh my god!
Carlton Morrow: Come on, Em, Bobby doesn't care!
Emily: I care!
Carlton Morrow: Just relax!
Emily: Kiss my ass!
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Connections

References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Written by Paul Simon
Performed by Paul Simon
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Evocative of a time and the need to belong
25 June 2004 | by mschnappSee all my reviews

I was profoundly touched by the film, but I can see why people needing a strong linear narrative might be left feeling incomplete.

The tagline doesn't quite capture the key to the film-- it's not precisely about redefining family-- I suspect the marketing folks thought that would resound with a likely target audience. (Like the Frameline GLBT Film Festival in SF.) To me it's about the need to belong-- to find a place in this world and then take that ride. The struggle is to find equilibrium with all the surprises that may come one's way.

Although the movie has its share of sadnesses, there are also quiet triumphs. In an odd way, this film touches some of the same chords as the far more eccentric "The World According To Garp" and "Cider House Rules."

To the director's and screenwriter's credit, they resisted the temptation to pack too much onto the film. I found the characterizations just specific enough. Fine performances from all. Beautifully established in youth.

The film trusts both your intelligence and intuition to carry you through the trip. Don't see this if you're hungering for car chases!


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