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Beautiful Ohio (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 10 November 2006 (USA)
An entire family comes of age during the early 1970s.

Director:

Chad Lowe

Writers:

Ethan Canin (screenplay), Ethan Canin (story "Batorsag and Szerelem")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Mr. Messerman
Rita Wilson ... Mrs. Messerman
Brett Davern ... William
David Call ... Clive
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Sandra
Hale Appleman ... Elliot
Tom McCarthy ... William 30's
Julianna Margulies ... Mrs. Cubano
Matt Servitto ... Mr. Cubano
Margaret Harth Margaret Harth ... Hungarian Woman #1
Constance Kelly Constance Kelly ... Hungarian Woman #2
Louise Corriente Louise Corriente ... Hungarian Woman #3
Spencer Grammer ... Carlene
Wai Ching Ho ... Elderly Woman
Joseph Adams ... Proctor #2 (as Joe Adams)
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An entire family comes of age during the early 1970s.

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You can't resist being who you are.

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Author Ethan Canin's original short story "Batorsag & Szerelem", which this movie is based on, originally took place in Iowa. When director Chad Lowe became interested in the project, and plans were made to film a movie based on the story, the action of "Batorsag & Szerelem" was moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio, which is a suburb of Cleveland. See more »

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When Mr. Messerman asks William about someone's Lincoln and speculates on the model being a Mark III or a Mark IV, he assumes it's a Mark IV after learning that it has "opera windows in the back". This is not a valid statement since the Lincoln Marks IV, V and VI all had them on most trim levels. See more »

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needs more intensity
22 June 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1973 Cleveland, Ohio. Wannabe intelligentsia Messerman parents (William Hurt, Rita Wilson) throw out the TV. Their son Clive (David Call) is a math genius. He excels in competition but seems to be growing distant. He speaks in a secret language with his friends. His girlfriend Sandra (Michelle Trachtenberg) is secretly living in the basement. His younger brother William (Brett Davern) discovers the secret and starts falling for her.

There is a great reveal ending. The movie simply needs more intensity and tension for the rest of the movie. It needs more drama. Most of this movie is too flat. The acting is fine but they don't get enough to do. The direction is functional. There are possibilities here for great drama but it doesn't really do anything with them. Even the math competition is without drama.


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