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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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Quotes

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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COO COO BIRD
Arranged and Performed by Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson
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It's just a really good movie!
25 April 2005 | by merice2See all my reviews

Life is hard. Love is simple. It's the tag line of the movie and it is the only expectation that you should have when buying the ticket. The extraordinary characters created by writer/director Ray McKinnon and his magnificent cast, show us that sometimes the simple life isn't always as safe as it sounds. Chrystal, played by McKinnon's refreshingly talented wife, Lisa Blount, gives us a roller-coaster ride of emotions and anxiety while she does her best to deal with the "pain" of her life and hold on to the man she loves. Having grown up in the Ozark mountains myself I may be a little biased in saying that the scenery was absolutely beautiful. Ray did a great job of showcasing the rolling hills and majestic views that can only be found in that little known part of the world. This film is loaded with everything that makes a movie worth watching. From solid performances by headline actors like Billy Bob Thorton, to a deep bench of fresh new talent waiting to explode in the business, such as Colin Fickes(Hog) and Max Kasch(Shorty). Ray McKinnon also steps out from behind the camera to give a downright entertaining show as "Snake", a white trash wanna be drug lord of the holler.

For me it's a movie that was more than worth the ticket price. It was a trip home to see some old friends. I'm sure those same friends will raise hell about being shown as simpletons and hillbillies, but sometimes we are. But along with that we are the most real of any people I know and the Ginney Mule team shows that with this movie called "Chrystal."


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