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Canvas (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 December 2008 (Canada)
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A woman's schizophrenia affects her relationships with her husband and son.

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Joseph Greco

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Joseph Greco
9 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Griffin Miner Griffin Miner ... Young Chris
Marcia Gay Harden ... Mary Marino
Devon Gearhart ... Chris Marino
Julie Upton ... Aunt Joanne
Joe Pantoliano ... John Marino
Harriet Oser Harriet Oser ... Mrs. Greer
Bill Erfurth ... Officer Savage
Marcus Johns ... Sam
Sophi Bairley ... Dawn (as Sophia Bairley)
Barbara Sloan Barbara Sloan ... Dawns Mother
Ronald McCullen Ronald McCullen ... Construction Worker
Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy ... Tony
Christopher Campbell Christopher Campbell ... Frank
Paul Lasa ... Hector Villarosa
Antony Del Rio ... Gregg (as Anthony Del Rio)
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A woman's schizophrenia affects her relationships with her husband and son.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Joseph Greco: The scene at 41:55 of the South Florida State Hospital as Chris sees it through a chain link fence is a cameo of sorts - the director is one of the "workers" walking past the building, "not because I wanted to, but because we had no one else and I needed someone in the background, walking, to liven up the shot." See more »

Goofs

The boy is cut on the arm by his mom and the cut is in the middle of his arm between the elbow and wrist and it is a long red line. The next scene there is bandage on the middle of arm above the elbow. See more »

Quotes

John Marino: You thought of a name for the boat yet?
Chris Marino: How 'bout "pain in the butt."
John Marino: So you want me to name it after you.
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Connections

Referenced in Make or Break TV: EZ Streets (2008) See more »

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Boogie Oogie Oogie
Written by Janice Marie Johnson and Perry Kibble
Performed by A Taste of Honey
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Don't Wait for DVD! Incredible Acting and the Real Joe Pantoliano
3 August 2007 | by bobc-36See all my reviews

CANVAS should get at least a couple Academy Award nominations. Don't wait for it to come out in DVD.

Inspired by the true story of director Joe Greco's family) the film will touch audiences even more than A BEAUTIFUL MIND, because it's about an ordinary family confronting schizophrenia, rather than a Nobel Prize-winning mathematician. People identify with it--in part because it's not simply about mental illness. It is dramatic, heart-breaking, frightening at times, but also heart-warming, with moments of humor and a bottom-line message of hope. As a small, independent film, CANVAS probably is the LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE of 2007. Sailing, oil painting, and a light house provide key metaphors. Some angles of special interest:

•Award winner Marcia Gay Harden plays Mary Marino, the mother, who becomes ill with schizophrenia. It's a difficult role for any actor to play. I want to hear her talk about it when she accepts her Oscar (it will be her second).

•Emmy winner Joe Pantoliano delivers a powerful, sensitive performance that is a dramatic contrast to the tough guy, wise guy, bad guy roles he played in "The Sopranos" and movies like RISKY BUSINESS and the MATRIX. Play the role personally affected him--he told a NAMI audience this summer that he now realizes that his mother probably suffered from undiagnosed, untreated, mental illness that shaped his own turbulent childhood. He's a sweetheart in the movie, much like he is in real life (surprise).

•10-year old Devon Gearhart plays the son, Chris Marino, whose coming of age comes early. Here's an interesting fact. When he was six, he appeared with Ray Charles, teaching him to play "Chopsticks," in a television commercial for the Georgia State Lottery (He's from Atlanta). He practically stole the show during the NAMI questions and answers.

If you come from a family in which there's a history of schizophrenia, take a few uninitiated friends to see it--or send them DVDs as gifts once they go on sale. CANVAS is the real deal, without stereotypes or gloom and doom. It's educational, but most of all, it's dramatic entertainment.


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Language:

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Release Date:

12 December 2008 (Canada) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,100, 14 October 2007

Gross USA:

$35,630

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,010
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1.85 : 1
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