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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.


Rob Reiner


Guy Thomas
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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


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


A Re-Coming of Age Story


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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Release Date:

6 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Third Act See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwood Lake, New York, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,367, 8 July 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,910, 2 September 2012
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sour mash whiskey Morgan Freeman is drinking is Stranahans Colorado Whiskey. See more »


In the store, the number of Slim Jim packets changes suddenly from one to two and back to one. See more »


[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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References Happy Days (1974) See more »


Don't Worry Baby (Original Version)
Written by Roger Val Christian, Douglas Wilson
Performed by The Beach Boys
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Great Leads but Awfully Silly and Soapy Story
6 July 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)

** (out of 4)

Rob Reiner's latest film thankfully has a couple great performances or else we'd be looking at one of the worst movies of the year. Morgan Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a writer who has lost pretty much all of his touch, desire to live and has become a cranky alcoholic. He's sent to a summer home to try and come up with some fresh ideas but he just keeps going deeper into the bottle until he meets his divorced neighbor (Virginia Madsen) and her three daughters. THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE is one of the most sentimental movies ever made but it's so poorly directed, edited and written that you can't help but roll your eyes at how stupid it actually is. I don't mind movies trying to make you cry or feel warm but this thing here goes so far overboard that it really did seem like an eight-year-old girl wrote it. The dialogue is beyond bad and for the life of me I couldn't figure out what the film was trying to do. This is the type of film that is so lazily written that you can't help but want to throw your hands up and just give up on the entire thing. Everything in this movie just happens for no apparent reason. Normally you'd have some sort of character development with a mean drunk turning into a nice angel but that doesn't happen here. Instead of giving us situations that we can believe in, the film simply has stuff happen just so the film can move along. Mommy having trouble with the oldest daughter? The problem is easily solved in the matter of seconds. Every "issue" is so easily handled that you can't help but feel the lazy writing is letting everyone down. What keeps the film going are the performances of Freeman and Madsen. Both of them deliver strong performances, although I must say that neither has too much to work with. One wishes that the screenplay had been a little more demanding so that the two really could have had more fireworks together. Thankfully both of them are great enough because otherwise we'd be left with a real mess of a film.

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