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The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)

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Monty Wildhorn, an alcoholic novelist of Westerns, has lost his drive. His nephew pushes him to summer in quiet Belle Isle. He begrudgingly befriends a newly single mom and her 3 girls who help him find the inspiration to write again.

Director:

Rob Reiner

Writer:

Guy Thomas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Monte Wildhorn
Kenan Thompson ... Henry
Virginia Madsen ... Charlotte O'Neil
Emma Fuhrmann ... Finnegan O'Neil
Madeline Carroll ... Willow O'Neil
Nicolette Pierini ... Flora O'Neil
C.J. Wilson ... Fire Captain
Ash Christian ... Carl Loop
Debargo Sanyal ... Mahmoud
Fred Willard ... Al Kaiser
Jessica Hecht ... Karen Loop
Christopher McCann Christopher McCann ... Bookstore Owner
Lucas Caleb Rooney Lucas Caleb Rooney ... Clown (as Lucas Rooney)
Kevin Pollak ... Joe Viola
Boyd Holbrook ... Luke Ford
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Storyline

Monty Wildhorn, an alcoholic novelist of Westerns, has lost his drive. His nephew pushes him to summer in quiet Belle Isle. He begrudgingly befriends a newly single mom and her 3 girls who help him find the inspiration to write again.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Re-Coming of Age Story

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and language including some suggestive comments | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer at Dog Dave's See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwood Lake, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,367, 8 July 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,910, 2 September 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In a 2012 Huffington Post interview with Virginia Madsen, Madsen pointed out that despite Morgan Freeman's nearly half-century-long career in movies, she is the first actress ever to have an on-screen romantic love story with any character he has played. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, the ramp in the truckbed is first on the passenger side, then on the driver side, and then returns to the passenger side. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Monte Wildhorn: What's all that crap on the windshield?
Henry: It's ash from the fire.
Monte Wildhorn: This is where you're bringing me?
Henry: It's rent free.
Monte Wildhorn: Before or after it burns down?
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Connections

References Happy Days (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata No. 8 - Pathetique
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A great family movie about finding yourself again. Great acting and excellent message. I recommend this. I say A.
1 August 2012 | by Tony HeckSee all my reviews

"It don't happen often but sometimes we do bring out the best in each other." After the death of his wife famous writer Monte Wildhorn (Freeman) stops writing and takes up drinking. He moves into a lake house to escape everyone and relax. After meeting his neighbor Charlotte O'Neil (Madsen) and her daughters he begins to change the way he feels about life. One of the biggest problems I have with movies is that about 70% of them are so predictable that after ten minutes you know how it will end. Sometimes that affects how good a movie is and sometimes it doesn't matter. This movie is the later. After fifteen minutes I could have written the ending myself and it would have been identical to the way this one ended. All that said this is a great movie still and Morgan Freeman is about the only actor who can take a very ornery character and make you like him even at his worst. There are not many non-cartoon movies that are great for the whole family to watch. This is one of them. Rated PG but this is still something that you can put in with your kids and not have to worry about what they are seeing. This is a perfect example of how excellent a movie can be simply by using the best actors you can find and having a great idea. No special effects or nudity or swearing. What a strange idea. Overall, a superb family movie that I highly recommend. I give it an A.


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