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Snow Angels (2007)

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A drama that interweaves the life of a teenager, with his old baby sitter, her estranged husband, and their daughter.

Director:

David Gordon Green

Writers:

David Gordon Green (screenplay), Stewart O'Nan (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Beckinsale ... Annie Marchand
Sam Rockwell ... Glenn Marchand
Michael Angarano ... Arthur Parkinson
Jeannetta Arnette ... Louise Parkinson
Griffin Dunne ... Don Parkinson
Nicky Katt ... Nate Petite
Tom Noonan ... Mr. Chervenick
Connor Paolo ... Warren Hardesky
Amy Sedaris ... Barb Petite
Olivia Thirlby ... Lila Raybern
Gracie Hudson Gracie Hudson ... Tara Marchand (as Grace Hudson)
Brian Downey ... Frank Marchand
Carroll Godsman Carroll Godsman ... Olive Marchand
Daniel Lillford ... Rafe
Deborah Allen Deborah Allen ... May Van Dorn
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Storyline

On a cold afternoon, with snow on the ground, the high school band is practicing for the last football game. They hear shots. Flashback a few weeks before. Arthur is a high school student, bussing at a restaurant. Annie and Barb are waitresses there - Annie was Arthur's babysitter when he was little. She's now separated from her husband Glenn, who's on the wagon, starting a new job, praying to Jesus, and trying to prove he has his balance back so he can see more of their small daughter, Tara. Annie's seeing someone else, Arthur's parents have just separated, and Arthur is attracted to Lila, a new student at the high school. It's a small town, people's lives cross. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Some will fall. Some will fly.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, some violent content, brief sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2008 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Angeloi apo hioni See more »

Filming Locations:

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,247, 9 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$402,820, 1 June 2008
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

David Gordon Green, who would end up directing the film, first worked on the script for another director. After 3 years, this other director moved on to other projects and Green was approached by the producers to make the film. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Arthur takes a swig from a bottle of beer hidden on the floor, he raises it with the label facing him. In the next cut scene, as he lowers the bottle, the label can be clearly seen facing the camera. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Chervenick: [talking to his marching band through a megaphone] Wrong, wrong, wrong! This is our last home game, people, and I don't understand what the problem is. Look at the person next to you. Do it! Look at the person behind you. I don't think we need the smiles. Thank you. Now we're all part of a formation. Every pers...
[megaphone squeals so he sets it aside]
Mr. Chervenick: Every person matters. Every step is an anticipation of the next. And if you don't think you have a complete concept of what we're ...
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Will I Ever Get Back Home Again
Written by Little Axe (as Bernard Alexander) & A. Maxwell
Published by Real World Works Ltd. (PRS)
Performed by Little Axe
Courtesy of Real World Records Ltd.
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Very Good If Depressing
30 September 2008 | by samkanSee all my reviews

The underlying novel and this film stole my planned novel! I live in Northeast Pennsylvania (the film is set in Southwest PA). I'm one of those who threaten, promise, etc., to write a book someday but probably never will. But my main idea was to write about one of the ancient defunct communities that dot the old coal and oil regions of the state.

SNOW ANGELS does a great job at depicting lives in such communities. Especially during that part of the year when the landscape is barren and suicides spike. The profound sense of hopelessness is evident in many of the characters. Those without resources fall into profound despair. Those better off look into themselves. The result is always tragic or counter-productive. Only youth sees promise, has hope, etc.

The film was far from perfect: Rockwell and Beckinsale's story line so dominates that the lives of the other characters become almost a distraction. I doubt that's what the author intended. The climax pays off in intensity but is predictable. But the acting and script are exceptional as is the pacing and mood. For those who think the film lacks plot, the simple depiction of setting and life are story enough.


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