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The Stone Angel (2007)

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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 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 »

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

There were over 50 picture vehicles used in the filming that spanned 5 decades. 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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'Bridal Chorus' from 'Lohengrin'
Written by Richard Wagner
(performed at wedding)
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So true to the novel
8 January 2008 | by boyeilelaSee all my reviews

What I loved about the on-screen adaptation of The Stone Angel is that it stayed so true to the novel! Great film! As an avid reader, I find the worst thing about film adaptations is that the book somehow gets lost in translation. You can tell the Stone Angel team was careful not to let this happen with this film.

Ellen Burstyn was an excellent casting choice for the role of Hagar and she is definitely a movie superstar. However, I think the Canadian actress (Christine Horne) chosen to play Hagar in her younger years also did an incredible job that warrants great praise. I haven't seen any of Horne's previous work but I will definitely seek it out after seeing her Stone Angel performance.

I heard the Canadian theatrical release of The Stone Angel is going to happen in Spring or Summer 2008. I can't wait to see it on the big screen again!


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