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The Book of Ruth (2004)

The tensions that arise when a newlywed has her new husband move into the home of her oppressive mother.

Director:

Bill Eagles

Writers:

Jane Hamilton (novel), Suzette Couture (teleplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Christine Lahti ... Maylene
Nicholle Tom ... Ruth
Evan Jones ... Ruby
Teryl Rothery ... Aunt Syd
Christine Willes ... DeeDee
Stephen E. Miller ... Arty
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Armour Norman Armour ... Det. Shepard
Tom Bulmer ... Mr. Davidson
Mikal Grant Mikal Grant ... Bill
Britt Irvin ... Daisy
Andrew Jackson ... Elton
Susan Knight Susan Knight ... Stand-in for Christine Lahti
Bill Meilen Bill Meilen ... Mr. Kate
Bruce Pinard ... Det. Ryan
Colleen Rennison ... Lou
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Academically brilliant Mark was his family's pride and joy, if not the whole small town's, but ultimately triumphantly leaves for MIT. Then his single mother Maylene, who never got over losing their father Willard, has to transfer her attention to gray mouse Ruth. half-wit local 'bad boy' Ruben 'Ruby Doll' becomes Ruth's lover and moves in, but domineering Maylene treats him like unwelcome trash. That changes when the love birds are pregnant, but Maylene soon imposes her standards for raising grandson Justy, leading to a grim climax. Written by KGF Vissers

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Official Sites:

CBS [United States]

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El libro de Ruth See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Ruth is first discovering the letter condemning her marriage, a mic is visible within and above her V-neck, but gone the next shots. See more »

Quotes

DeeDee: [offscreen] ... two whole days!
Maylene: [hands her a drink she poured] Here, drink up, DeeDee; it's good for the nerves.
DeeDee: [shaking head] Probably hooked up with some trucker and is off gone on down the interstate.
Maylene: Oh, honey...
DeeDee: Aren't you going to have one?
Maylene: Oh, no.
[raises hand in refusal]
Maylene: Never before 5:00.
[DeeDee speaks indistinctly while Ruth is shown in the background, with a voiceover]
Ruth: My mother's friend DeeDee thought Maylene had a TV show life.
[...]
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References Willard (1971) See more »

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The Book of Ruth- Excellent: Story of Immaturity, Lust and Violence ****
29 March 2009 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

This was a terrific film dealing with a teenage girl, verbally abused continuously by a mother, who drove 2 men out of her own life.

Christine Lahti gives an absolutely fabulous performance as the mother who always comes up with a line to put down her n'eer-do-well son-in-law.

When her simpleton daughter marries this pill popping, lazy fellow, all he takes is the constant verbal abuse by his mother-in-law. Nothing remedies the situation, even the birth of a grandchild adds to the woes of the family.

This is a perfect example that comedians would use to describe life with a mother-in-law. Obviously, this is not funny here and the story invariably turns tragic.

This is a tale of what the lack of education and maturity can lead to.

I highly recommend this film.


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