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Come Away Home (2005)

PG | | Drama, Family | 29 April 2005 (USA)
A friendship develops when 12-year-old Annie is coerced to stay with her Grandpa Donald.


Doug McKeon


Stephen Zakman (story) (as Stephen M. Zakman), Robert D. Slane (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan-Claire Green ... Annie Lamm
Macey Cruthird ... Holly
Kris Crevani Kris Crevani ... Teacher
Will Denton ... Jason (as William Goldweit-Denton)
Jimmy Walsh Jimmy Walsh ... Doug (as James M. Walsh)
Lea Thompson ... Carol Lamm
Thomas Gibson ... Gary Lamm
Paul Dooley ... Grandpa Donald Brooks
Martin Mull ... Barney Green
Doug McKeon ... Woodsy Warner
Gregg Russell Gregg Russell ... Bearded Man / Gregg Russell
Kristen Renton ... Ashley Green
Jean Meyers Jean Meyers ... Woman Collecting Shells
Asher Monroe ... Chris (as Asher Book)
Sal Catalano ... Lance Shoals


Twelve-year-old Annie Lamm's first day of summer break quickly turns into a disaster. She realizes that her parents have not only decided to fly her to Hilton Head Island during their second honeymoon, but they also plan to coerce her to spend half her summer with her 76-year-old Grandpa Donald whom she hardly even knows. The place where Annie is staying, Grandpa's "beautiful house right by the beach", turns out to be a dilapidated and neglected dwelling filled with stored newspapers and dust covered knickknacks. Nothing edible is in the fridge, and only big-band and Perry Como records sit by his prehistoric stereo. Annie's summer plans of parties and boys are dashed in an instant -- Grandpa's house has no TV, no computer, and a swimming pool half-full of brown, brackish water with turtles living in it. His life consists of napping, doing crosswords and spending time with an old, codger named Barney with whom he trades endless tall tales. Annie is miserable! She calls her best friend,... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Sometimes you have to leave home to find your family


Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language

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Release Date:

29 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Din nou acasa See more »


Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,743, 15 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$71,598, 21 August 2005
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Did You Know?


During the dinner scene with Annie and Grandpa, the baseball radio announcer is Sal Catalano - who also played Lance Shoals. See more »


While Donald, Barney and Annie are riding in Donald's Buick, the transmission lever is clearly in the "park" position. See more »


Annie Lamm: You find an email address written on a napkin in her pants pocket. You "A": Confront her about it. "B": Throw out the address and see if she notices. Or "C": Forget about it, you trust her."
Grandpa Donald: What's an email?
Annie Lamm: Grandpa!
Grandpa Donald: OK. Ummm, "C".
Annie Lamm: Good answer!
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Local Nuisance - Graeme Dunlap See more »


References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Great film for the entire family
17 August 2005 | by kscovernSee all my reviews

What a sweet film. I actually saw this film multiple times and it was better each time. This is one of those stories that you can see year after year and still relate to. A touching story that made you laugh and cry. The music was great and added to the overall great production. The movie was also visually beautiful with great cinematography. You left the theater uplifted. The young girl gave a heartfelt performance and the banter between the Grandfather and his best friend was hysterical. Everyone has probably had a person in their lives similar to the characters that make this a very real story. You hate the young girl in the beginning but truly grow to love her by the end of the film. You don't have to worry about the content of this film as it is appropriate for anyone. People of all ages and backgrounds can relate to it. Great film to see with your kids or grandparents. This is one of those films you will want to watch over and over.

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