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Things That Hang from Trees (2006)

St. Augustine, Florida, 1969. An eight-year-old boy's wish to see the fireworks from atop the city's lighthouse is complicated by his odd neighbors, abusive peers, and hopeless parents. The... See full summary »

Director:

Ido Mizrahy

Writers:

Aaron Louis (novel) (as T.A. Lewis), Aaron Louis (screenplay) (as Aaron Louis Tordini)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cooper Musgrove ... Tommy Wheeler
Peter Gerety ... Ump
Laila Robins ... Miss Millie
Daniel von Bargen ... George Burgess
Jason Antoon ... Bobby Mecklem
Yul Vazquez ... Juan Lopez
Antony Del Rio ... Tony Mazziati
Gail Borges ... Mazziati Mother
Dorothy McKinnon Dorothy McKinnon ... Mazziati Grandmother
Larry Melfi Larry Melfi ... Mazziati Father
Michael Marinaccio ... Mazziati Brother
Ryan Parker ... Bear Hadley
Deborah Kara Unger ... Connie Mae Wheeler
Ray McKinnon ... Tom Wheeler Sr.
Tom Stearns ... Old Salt
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St. Augustine, Florida, 1969. An eight-year-old boy's wish to see the fireworks from atop the city's lighthouse is complicated by his odd neighbors, abusive peers, and hopeless parents. The young boy's seemingly simple goal develops into a struggle in which his life, both internal and corporeal, hangs in the balance. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dinge, die von Bäumen hängen See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Aviles Street Productions See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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moody
2 June 2006 | by jamesmarlasSee all my reviews

1 of the locally shot films in the Jacksonville Film Festival. A series of creepy, moody events guide this bare bones plot about a semi-retarded kid wanting to see the July 4 fireworks. The kid drifts through the days and seems barely aware of his cringe-inducing father, drug-addled mother (Deborah Kara Unger who poses in negligee in her store front window) and spiteful Christian weirdo neighbor. There are tons of weirdos in this film. The main character basically bumps into all of them along his way to see the fireworks.

This brings me to my only real issue with this film. There are almost too many unpleasant aspects of the south squashed into what is really just a straightforward story about a kid with a very kid-like goal. At times it weighs down the film.

The actors were all good. A seriously sexy Deborah Kara Unger was born to play roles like this.

Overall I liked the film a lot and thought it was a nice break from the norm.


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