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The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 6 July 2012 (USA)
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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:

The Third Act 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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Trivia

Annette Bening was originally cast in the female lead role, but dropped out and Virginia Madsen subsequently replaced her. See more »

Goofs

At the end, Monte is able to move his left arm to hug Flora despite being only reliant on his right arm the rest of the movie. 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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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) See more »

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You Know Me By Heart
Performed by Jay Condiotti, Nadia Fay
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Pure Gold
10 November 2012 | by bob-rutzel-1See all my reviews

Wheelchair bound curmudgeon and heavy drinker Monte Wildhorn (Morgan Freeman), a writer of western stories house-sits for a friend in Belle Isle and softens considerably when he befriends single mother Charlotte O'Neil (Virginia Madsen) and her three children.

I don't remember liking a movie as much as this one since THE ASTRONAUT FARMER. The cast were perfect. The dialogues were spot on and very entertaining. The banter between Monte and 9-year old Finnegan O'Neil (Emma Fuhrmann) was pure gold and proved to be the beginnings of Monte softening his outlook on life. I wished that banter never ended. Like I said Pure Gold. Kudos to the writers.

This is indeed a feel good movie with a low key pacing and you never wanted it to end.

For starters we see curmudgeon Monte be bam-boozled into reading an obituary for someone he "didn't know;" getting a side-kick in Carl (Ash Christian) a somewhat special needs person; giving aspirin to Ringo, the dog (that he renames Spot) with stiff hind quarters; and helping Finnegan learn to write stories. All this sets the stage for everything that follows. And, everything that follows shows growth of all characters.

Sometimes like a big juicy cheeseburger you just "gotta have" you also "gotta see" a pure gold movie like this. (10/10)

FYI: Virginia Madsen was also in the Astronaut Farmer.

Violence: No. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: No.

Rating: A


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