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That Evening Sun (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama | 16 March 2009 (USA)
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An aging Tennessee farmer returns to his homestead and must confront a family betrayal, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the loss of his farm.

Director:

Scott Teems

Writers:

Scott Teems (screenplay), William Gay (short story "I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down")
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hal Holbrook ... Abner Meecham
Ray McKinnon ... Lonzo Choat
Walton Goggins ... Paul Meecham
Mia Wasikowska ... Pamela Choat
Carrie Preston ... Ludie Choat
Barry Corbin ... Thurl Chessor
Dixie Carter ... Ellen Meecham
Barlow Jacobs ... J.D. the Cabbie
Anthony Reynolds ... Hollis the Phone Worker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Edward Keith ... Deputy Keith (as Brian Keith)
Bruce McKinnon ... Sheriff Roller
William J. Mode William J. Mode ... Deputy Davies
Jacob Parkhurst Jacob Parkhurst ... Steve Goodwin Jr.
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Storyline

An aging farmer fights to keep the home that is rightfully his after fleeing from a nursing home and discovering that his son has leased the family farm to his old nemesis. Placed in a nursing home by his son and promptly forgotten, Abner Meecham (Hal Holbrook) realized that waiting to die was no way to live. Determined to enjoy his last days, Abner packed his bags and set his sights on the family farm. At least there he could die on his own land, in familiar surroundings. But Abner is in for a rude awakening, because upon returning home he discovers that his son has leased the farm to Lonzo Choat. Abner never cared much for Lonzo, and when Lonzo refuses to leave, Abner takes up residence in an old tenant shack on the property. Before long, their dispute becomes volatile, each man believing himself to be in the right, and refusing to back down from his position. Betrayed by his son and haunted by dreams of his beloved deceased wife, Abner draws a line in the sand in an attempt to ...

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I worked too hard. And too long. I aint goin down without a fight.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some violence, sexual content and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down See more »

Filming Locations:

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,330, 8 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$280,343, 9 May 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Dixie Carter's final film appearance. See more »

Quotes

Abner Meecham: You still got that old Cherokee?
Thurl Chessor: Ya, I got it, but I can't drive it. They took away my license
Abner Meecham: Why'd they do that?
Thurl Chessor: Oh
[waves dismissively]
Thurl Chessor: , I hit some folk
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Blue Yodel #3
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Performed by Patterson Hood
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Much beneath the surface
19 October 2010 | by toxiemiteSee all my reviews

This movie came from nowhere for me here in Australa. Its a little middle-American indie film that I had never heard of until I saw it advertised on my upcoming orders list. I just finished watching it and it is a fantastic character study. It stars Hal Holbrook in one of the finest performances in his long and successful career. He plays an old man who walks out of his nursing-home and returns to the farm he owned for over 50 years only to find it occupied by new tenants. Being stubborn he squats in the old worker's quarters and wages a personal war against the new family. From there the film becomes a real examination of this old man's mind. He is at the narrow end of life and has nothing to show for it. Everything he knew was taken away and he is doomed to live the rest of his life with regret about many things in his life. Unbeknownst to him, much of his traits are reflected in his newly appointed enemy. Its a slow drama with moments of tension. The performances are exceptional and the relationship he has with his old neighbour is wonderful (some of the best scenes). Well worth a look.


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