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The Californians (2005)

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Slick, smug developer Gavin Ransom has a dream: make millions by blanketing the coastal hills of northern California with flamboyant, mini mansions. His sister Olive a raving ... See full summary »

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Jonathan Parker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Wyle ... Gavin Ransom
Illeana Douglas ... Olive Ransom
Kate Mara ... Zoe Tripp
Cloris Leachman ... Eileen Boatwright
Joanne Whalley ... Luna
Keith Carradine ... Elton Tripp
Valerie Perrine ... Lenora Tripp
Jane Lynch ... Sybill Platt
Michael Panes ... Marion Pardon
Erika Luckett Erika Luckett ... Mary Ann
Will Marchetti Will Marchetti ... Mayor
Charles Martinet ... City Councilman
Richard Gross ... Contractor
Jarion Monroe ... Architect
Elisabeth Nunziato ... Real Estate Broker
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Slick, smug developer Gavin Ransom has a dream: make millions by blanketing the coastal hills of northern California with flamboyant, mini mansions. His sister Olive a raving environmentalist, thinks otherwise, and aims to stop her brother's land gobbling plans. When Zoe Tripp a striking beautiful folk singer, joins Olive's cause, Gavin gets thrown for a loop, falling hard for the striking young woman with the golden voice. Caught between Olive's righteousness and Gavin's affection, the idealistic and innocent Zoe, coached by her parents and a maternal environmentalist must choose between a cause she's grown up supporting, or the affections of a man who stands for everything she believes is wrong. Written by Anonymous

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based on novel | See All (1) »

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All is fair in love and real estate.

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Drama

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »
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USA

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English

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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A kaliforniaiak See more »

Filming Locations:

Kentfield, California, USA See more »

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Parker Film Company See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Activist: Gavin Ransom, when will you stop cutting down trees?
Gavin Ransom: When people stop living in houses.
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Remake of The Bostonians (1984) See more »

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The Californians
Words and Music by Craig Carothers
Performed by Kate Mara
Copyright (c) 2004 Craig Carothers and Parker Film Company
Used by permission, All rights reserveds
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Exceptionally good cast in a pointless project. Why?
26 September 2006 | by thegoodspeedsSee all my reviews

It is difficult to believe that this discerning cast would have involved themselves in this project if the initial reading proved to be as unsatisfying as the finished work.

Another work, John D. McDonalds' book "Condominium", for example, dealt with similar subject matter but with an intelligence and style that allowed the protagonists to be understandable and even sympathetic characters in spite of their flaws. In "The Californians" the characters appeared unaware of the importance of the world around them while wandering aimlessly through their own, increasingly trivial, lives.

To paraphrase Rudyard Kipling:

"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs

and blaming it on you ... chances are you haven't grasped the

situation! "


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