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Set Fire to the Stars (2014)

Unrated | | Biography, Drama | 12 June 2015 (USA)
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An aspiring poet in 1950s New York has his ordered world shaken when he embarks on a week-long retreat to save his hell raising hero, Dylan Thomas.

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Credited cast:
... John M. Brinnin
... Dylan Thomas
... Caitlin
... Jack
... Shirley
... Stanley
... Mickey
... Mr. Unlucky
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Loomis
Kate Drew ... Janet
... Doctor
Weston Gavin ... Yale Provost
Adam Gillen ... Harvey
... Miss Missy 1
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Storyline

In 1950, John Brinnan invited the highly acclaimed and infamous Dylan Thomas to New York for a series of poetry readings. Ignoring rumors of Thomas' frivolities back home, Brinnan has his hands full when the poet arrives. Desperate to get his watchful university chaplains off his back, Brinnan takes Thomas to his family retreat in the woods of Connecticut. But even in the middle of nowhere, the resourceful and cantankerous Thomas finds an audience for his art, passion, love and aggression...

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A week with Dylan Thomas.

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Biography | Drama

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12 June 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dylan Thomas Amerikában  »

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Budget:

£700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$949, 19 June 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,274, 26 June 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Shot entirely on location in Swansea, Wales over 18 days. See more »

Goofs

When Dylan and John's "boxing" gets out of hand, Shirley exclaims, "Don't get your pantyhose in a knot." Pantyhose were not available to the public until 1959. See more »

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Dylan Thomas: There is no secret, John. No Holy Grail. Just what's in front of all of us. Don't open a book. Open a window.
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It Was Hot That Summer
featuring Elijah Wood
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Mesmerising
30 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

This film is the perfect example of why great writing, direction and performances will always be more important to creating great cinema than having oodles of cash and lavish visual effects. Shot in weeks not months, no one misses a beat in this story about an enigmatic, troubled genius. Wood and Jones are mesmerising as Brinnin and Thomas respectively and it's beautifully directed in black and white by Andy Goddard. Finally, a mention for Gruff Rhys whose haunting soundtrack perfectly augments a beautiful film. It amazes me that films like this have to fight to get made. One of the best films I've seen in the last few years. A must see whether a fan of Thomas or not.


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