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The Legend of Lucy Keyes (2006)

An urban family leaves city life behind for the confines of rural New England. Little do they know that their new home once belonged to the Keyes family, a clan who experienced the tragic loss of their daughter some 250 years ago.

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John Stimpson

Writer:

John Stimpson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Delpy ... Jeanne Cooley
Justin Theroux ... Guy Cooley
Brooke Adams ... Samantha Porter
Mark Boone Junior ... Jonas Dodd
Cassidy Hinkle ... Lucy Cooley
Kathleen Regan ... Molly Cooley
Ken Cheeseman ... Bud Travers
Michele Greene ... Sheila Travers
Jamie Donnelly ... Gretchen Caswell
Tom Kemp ... Chief Kemper
Bates Wilder ... Deputy Officer
Charley Broderick Charley Broderick ... Bob Greenwood (as Charlie Broderick)
Frank T. Wells Frank T. Wells ... Gus Jasper
Rachel Harker ... Martha Keyes
Anna Friedman ... Lucy Keyes
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Storyline

Guy Cooley moves to an old farm in Princeton with his wife Jeanne Cooley and their two daughters, Molly and Lucy, to build eight windmills to generate clean power to the city. He was hired by the local Samantha Porter, who owns with her relative Jonas Dodd the lands in the woods where the facility will be built. The Cooley family has a cold reception in town, and while voting for the approval of the project, the old woman Gretchen Caswell votes against the construction with many followers and mentions the historic importance of the spot and the name of Martha. Jeanne researches and discloses that two hundred and fifty years ago, a girl called Lucy Keyes got lost in the woods and in spite of the efforts of her mother Martha Keyes and the locals, she was never found. When the ghost of Martha comes to the fields around their property calling for Lucy, Jeanne realizes that the legend is true and that there are many hidden secrets in that location. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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250 years ago a child disappeared. Tonight, she returns.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for some violent content and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lenda de Lucy Keyes See more »

Filming Locations:

Princeton, Massachusetts, USA

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Entertaining....
25 April 2006 | by hartcoolSee all my reviews

What a blast! I was born and raised in this small town and as a child, Lucy Keyes was the subject of many a Camp Fire horror story that left us certain we heard Martha lurking in the woods surrounding our camp sites.... shivering in our sleeping bags, we frightened campers would be begging for Martha to stop the never-ending calling for "luuuuuucy" ....

I saw the film through a different view. One of nostalgia. I knew the story, am intimate with the setting, and knew many of the "extra's" in the film. So for me it was a hoot! My 17 and 12 year old girlfriends thought it was "awesome" ... with just the right amount of scary spooky thrill to keep them on the edge of their seat. They didn't get the political references to "key parties", "the pig farm" and "windmills" which has become part of the towns lore...but some information is only retrieved by the "insiders".

My friend Jen, thought it was pokey. And I agree...there were some shots that lingered too long, some acting that was difficult to sit through and lost credibility. There are scenes that could use "tightening" up and may have bettered served the film on the editors floor.

As for the ending...interesting theory. Being a writer and performer myself I applaud the writers risk and imagination with the ending.

I am in awe of the time, creativity and courage the Writer/Director has taken with a time warn tale, in a small New England town where judgment and critics run rampant but few get off their duff and put themselves out there for review.

Hey, if we are lucky, this is not the last we will see of John Stimpson, nice guy or not, John Stimpson has a future in Film.


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