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The Stone Angel (2007)

R | | Drama | 11 July 2008 (USA)
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A 90-year-old woman, rapidly losing her memory and knowing that sooner or later her life will be over, returns to the Manitoba farmhouse she grew up in to try and make peace with her dysfunctional family.

Director:

Kari Skogland

Writers:

Kari Skogland, Margaret Laurence (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Burstyn ... Hagar
Dylan Baker ... Marvin
Sheila McCarthy ... Doris
Judy Marshak ... Silver Elms Matron
Doreen Brownstone ... Silver Elms Bridge Player
Samantha Weinstein ... Child Hagar
Ryland Thiessen Ryland Thiessen ... Child Telford
Mackenzie Munro ... Child Charlotte
Connor Price ... Child Matt
Jordan Todosey ... Child Lottie
Ardith Boxall Ardith Boxall ... Lottie's Mother
Arne MacPherson Arne MacPherson ... Doctor
Ted Atherton ... Reverend Troy
Christine Horne ... Young Hagar
R. Morgan Slade R. Morgan Slade ... Young Telford
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Storyline

In Manitoba, Hagar Shipley is nearing 90. She has little, she tells us, but her memories. Over several weeks, during which she runs away from her son and daughter-in-law who want to place her in a nursing home, returning to the small town where she grew up and the now-derelict farmhouse where she was married and raised two sons, we follow Hagar in the present and in memories that trace her childhood, marriage in defiance of her father, and later losses. She's fiercely even foolishly proud. Can she make peace with anyone she loves, or is she left to rage against the dying of the light? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Sometimes it takes your whole life to get it right. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ángel de piedra See more »

Filming Locations:

Hartney, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,883, 13 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$459,166, 25 August 2008
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During filming, Ellen Burstyn saw on the call sheet a long lost relative who was working on the crew. See more »

Goofs

During the first flashback scene when the children are running away from the funeral home a black hatchback with rear windshield wiper is seen in an alley off to the right of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Arlene: I want to have a baby.
John: We're broke.
Arlene: We love each other. It'll be a love child.
[they both laugh quietly. meanwhile, Hagar walks silently in and sees what's going on]
John: Well, my mom leaves town in a couple weeks. Then we can get married, and we can talk about having a baby, okay?
Arlene: I don't care about a wedding or anything.
John: You can have whatever you want.
[it becomes more intense; they are both breathing faster]
Arlene: [breathlessly] I want lots of babies.
[...]
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Whiskey, You're My Darling
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Sang by Wings Hauser
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Excellent
9 July 2008 | by laurafeeleusSee all my reviews

I saw this film in Winnipeg recently - appropriate, given the location used. I first read Lawrence's book back in the 70's and for me, it's always been a very powerful picture of the trials of aging in our society. It resonated when I was young, and it resonates even more now. When the film came out, I was keen to see if the story could survive. and was thoroughly impressed, especially with Ellen Burstyn's performance. She manages to give us a complete human being, even though the character is generally cranky and judgmental - someone that you wouldn't want to live with. It's great to be able to see favourite characters come to life so authentically.


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