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Saving Grace B. Jones (2009)

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In a 1950s-era Missouri town the life of a couple is thrown into chaos when the husband's sister is released from the local asylum and comes to live with the family.

Director:

Connie Stevens

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Biehn ... Landy Bretthorst
Tatum O'Neal ... Grace Bretthorst
Penelope Ann Miller ... Bea Bretthorst
Joel Gretsch ... Dan Jones
Tricia Leigh Fisher ... Ella Jean Jones
Scott Wilson ... Reverend Potter
Piper Laurie ... Marta Shrank
Audrey Wasilewski ... Opal Lynn Carter
Jeff Nowinski ... Phil Carter (as Gregory James)
Rylee Fansler ... Carrie Staley
Evie Thompson ... Lucy Bretthorst (as Evie Louise Thompson)
Nora Hennessy Nora Hennessy ... Mollie Jane Carter
Liberty Smith Liberty Smith ... Little Opal Carter
Melinda Chilton ... Jane Belford
Logan Alexander Moore Logan Alexander Moore ... Sean Ryan (as Logan Moore)
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In a 1950s-era Missouri town the life of a couple is thrown into chaos when the husband's sister is released from the local asylum and comes to live with the family.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Sometimes a broken woman cannot be fixed.

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent content and brief sexuality
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ocalic Grace B. Jones See more »

Filming Locations:

Boonville, Missouri, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Shane Productions See more »
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Connie Stevens is the first woman to begin directing in her 70s. for this feature she has enlisted actors and actresses that started in last six decades. Piper Laurie from the 50s, Scott Wilson from the 60s, Tatum O'Neal from the 70s, Michael Biehn, Tricia Leigh Fisher, and Penelope Ann Miller from the 80s, Joel Gretsch and Audrey Wasilewski from the 90s, and of course the children from the 2000s. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the on-screen Soundtrack credits, the name of Lee Morris, one of the writers of the song "You Belong To Me," is misspelled as Lee Moris. See more »

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You Belong To Me
Written by Lee Morris (as Lee Moris) and Bernie Wayne
Performed by Patti Page
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Manipulative
21 April 2014 | by MtnShelbySee all my reviews

I am usually very forgiving of B-grade films. I don't mind a good old- fashioned syrupy love story now and then, or some half-baked horror tale about a woman in some remote location fighting to save her family's haunted B&B . . . but this film . . . wow, I really can't forgive this one. It is so grossly manipulative, with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, from the acting to the writing to the rainstorms of Biblical proportions. I didn't know if I was watching a Hallmark film, some silly Nickelodeon episode, or a cheap horror flick. The children are as cloying as marshmallow peeps (did no one work with these young actors, or did they just stuff them with cupcakes and candy and set them in front of the camera?). The adults--actors, director, and screen writer--didn't fare much better. I just felt bashed in the head at every turn--too much too much too much. (Towards the end of the film Penelope Miller has one of the most atrocious rain-soaked speeches I have ever seen.)

I did enjoy and appreciate Tatum O'Neal's performance. While I understand some of the harsh criticism regarding her portrayal of a severely emotionally disturbed woman, I found it to be heart breakingly realistic in the main. Of course she would drift around, half awake, half alive, twitchy and flaky and completely insecure. I actually felt sorry for this character. While I don't know how much of the story is entirely based on real events, surely placing Grace in her brother's home with his happy camper family, across the street from her former husband and his bubbly preggers wife, then given the glamorous job of sewing the baby's quilt and creating a mile-high lemon meringue pie of a ballgown for a 10 year old attending a military ball (a horrible and unnecessary story line, on several counts). . . I mean, if this is what her life has become, who wouldn't break out the sharp objects?


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