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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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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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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 does not have any lines in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Abner Meecham: [to his son Paul] I would think not bein' able to lie convincingly to a jury would be a considerable handicap in your trade
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Blue Yodel #3
Written by Jimmie Rodgers
Performed by Patterson Hood
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Hal Holebrook's finest hour, and deservedly so.
14 June 2011 | by callanvassSee all my reviews

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.

This is the perfect example of how to write an old bull can against the young bull one. Holebrook's character doesn't want trouble, just his pride and the right to go on living the way he once did. He doesn't have much left, but pride. The movie does a great job of making us care for Holebrook, something that was hard to pull off consistently. Hal Holebrook is magnificent, and Oscar worthy here in his portrayal of Abner Meecham. It was hard to pull off, but Holebrook manages to maintain likability along with his grouchy, potentially off-putting role. There's never a moment where we don't sympathize with him, even when he pushes the limits, we manage to emphasize with his actions. I've not seen Holebrook perform a better role than this one. Ray McKinnon is excellent as the hot-shot antagonist, wanting to take over the farm. You'll hate him, and possibly even understand his actions in some cases. Walter Goggins is very good as the ungrateful son of Holebrook's, he did well.

Bottom line. The Sundance Film Festival struck gold with this one, and you will too. A must see

9 ½ 10


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