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A Painted House (2003)

A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfonso Arau

Writers:

Patrick Sheane Duncan (teleplay), John Grisham (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Glenn ... Eli 'Pappy' Chandler
Arija Bareikis ... Kathleen Chandler
Robert Sean Leonard ... Jesse Chandler
Melinda Dillon ... Gran Chandler
Logan Lerman ... Luke Chandler
Audrey Marie Anderson ... Tally Spruill
Geoffrey Lewis ... Mr. Spruill
Pablo Schreiber ... Hank Spruill
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Stick Peters
Luis Garcia Luis Garcia ... Cowboy (as Luis Esteban Garcia)
Miguel Pérez ... Miguel
Diane Delano ... Mrs. Spruill
Lucas Elliot Eberl ... Trot Spruill (as Luke Eberl)
Sean Harrison Jones ... Bo Spruill (as Sean Jones)
Richard Crowe Richard Crowe ... Mr. Latcher
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Storyline

A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in better conditions. However, with this particularly tough farming season, the boy learns that his challenges guide him in discovering who he really is. Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Taglines:

Desperate Times, hard truths, unexpected dangers. One extraordinary summer will change a young boy and his family...forever.

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official CBS Page

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Grisham's A Painted House See more »

Filming Locations:

Clarkedale, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The house the crew used and the church are located about forty miles apart. The actors, actresses, and extras had to be shuttled to the proper locations for shooting. The house and the church, as well as other locations used in eastern Arkansas, are still standing. See more »

Goofs

When the soda fountain worker give the customer a fountain drink, the seltzer from the spigot comes out brown. Seltzer is clear. All fountain drinks, including Coca Cola, required a squirt of flavored syrup then the cup was held under the fountain spigot. The clerk would push the handle back for a pressurized squirt to mix the clear seltzer and syrup then would pull the handle forward to fill the glass. See more »

Quotes

Tally Spruill: [after taking a bath in the lake] You saw me, didn't you Luke?
Luke Chandler: Yes
Tally Spruill: That's Ok, I'm not mad.
Luke Chandler: You're Not?
Tally Spruill: No.
Luke Chandler: I guess it's only natural, you know... for boys to look at girls
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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Farm life through the eyes of a ten year old boy
28 April 2003 | by csmith234See all my reviews

I grew up in Memphis, TN. across the river from where this movie was made. I can relate to the farm life portrayed. I read the book by Grisham and was surprised to see the story line was followed so well by the movie. Not like some others such as "The Firm" by Grisham. The special effects were good (Tornado) and the scenes in town were very good. The local extras were well chosen. Another Hallmark production that deserves an "A".


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