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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)
4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Pride was my wilderness, and the demon that led me there was fear. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

The first incident with the freight train is set about 1950 yet it has no caboose. The caboose was not replaced by an electronic monitor on the last freight car until the eighties. It's also more than likely that in that era in western Canada a freight would have been hauled by steam rather than diesel. 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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Soundtracks

All People That On Earth Do Dwell
Traditional
Lyrics by William Kethe
Music by Louis Bourgeois
(sang at church)
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If you loved The Notebook, then you'll surely find Stone Angel to be another gem!
26 July 2008 | by supadude2004See all my reviews

I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed this most thoughtfully delivered drama, which owing to its rather unimpressive 6.6 rating, I nearly missed; as I rarely give the time of day to any movie rated below 7/10. Having said that, I'm so glad I gave Stone Angel the viewing it so very much deserved. And so should you, if you are one of the increasingly rare sensitive, soulful and thoughtful sorts of person left on this earth in living form.

I must say that in many ways (though not all), viz. its themes, execution, style, production etc., Stone Angel very much reminded me of the much praised "The Notebook". I am so surprised that other commentators didn't pick up on the many similarities which repeatedly struck me throughout this movie, so I can only assume that those who've written comments have yet to see the Notebook. They may not share any Alzheimer's theme, yet I can confidently say that if you very much enjoyed "The Notebook" you will certainly find much to engage your time most fruitfully with "The Stone Angel". But even If you've not seen The Notebook, nor read the book on which this move is based, (which, incidentally, I haven't either) you should definitely find much to hold your attention firmly - as long as your favourite genres don't include fast paced action thrillers. This is a movie for thinkers and those who like to reminisce about time's passing, how life changes as the years pass, and what might have happened in one's life as one gazes back through the years.

This bizarrely underrated yet great movie really deserves a rating of approximately 8/10. I can only blame its current lowish rating of 6.6/10 on the 11% of idiots who gave it 1/10. After all it has attracted less than 300 votes at the time of my writing this comment. Nonetheless, if those 11% who gave it the lowest ranking possible were really expecting car chases and explosions why didn't they look... for even a few seconds at the movie's premise and promotional lines? Oh dear... Whatever the world is coming to, don't miss this most underrated gem of a movie - but only *if* you have a brain (i.e., your top ten doesn't include Transformers, Fight Club nor The Terminator).


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