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Chrystal (2004)

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Twenty years after the accident that claimed his son's life and permanently injured his wife, a man returns to his home in search of redemption.

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Ray McKinnon

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Ray McKinnon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Blount ... Chrystal
Billy Bob Thornton ... Joe
Kamron Ross Stacey Kamron Ross Stacey ... Toddler
David Rhodes David Rhodes ... Young Man
Christopher Davidson Christopher Davidson ... Football Player
Max Kasch ... Shorty
Grace Zabriskie ... Gladys
Richard J. Mooney Richard J. Mooney ... Grandaddy
Harry Lennix ... Kalid
Johnny Galecki ... Barry
Kathryn Howell ... Miss Mabel
Walton Goggins ... Larry
Colin Fickes ... Hog
Harry Dean Stanton ... Pa Da
Jamie James Jamie James ... Guitar Player
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Twenty years after the accident that claimed his son's life and permanently injured his wife, a man returns to his home in search of redemption.

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Taglines:

Life is hard. Love is simple.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, drug content, violence and language

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кристал See more »

Filming Locations:

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,814, 10 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$80,701, 19 June 2005
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Miss Mabel: So what brings you here, Chrystal?
Chrystal: I don't know.
Miss Mabel: Well, let's just take a look.
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OLD JOE CLARK
Arranged and Performed by Kirby Snow and Jimmy Driftwood
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An example of what movies can be at their best
16 April 2005 | by gandestxSee all my reviews

The story is of doomed lovers, but the story is just part of what this movie is about.

The characters are gounded in a vanishing hill culture of the rural south, and much of what they say, do, and are derives from that culture. Condemned to act their roles, they move toward an inevitable climax while the viewer hopes for another resolution.

The performances are stellar. There are sections of dialogue that will haunt you and make you think. This movie is a deeply reverential evocation of a vanishing way of life. Sometimes it is caricature (Snake), but it is always true at an emotional level. I have to think the author was inspired by Donald Harington's novels of Staymore.

One of the finest movies in a long, long, time.


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