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Ithaca (2015)

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With his older brother off to war, fourteen-year-old telegram messenger Homer Macauley comes of age in the summer of 1942.

Director:

Meg Ryan

Writers:

Erik Jendresen, William Saroyan (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Neustaedter ... Homer Macauley
Meg Ryan ... Mrs. Macauley
Sam Shepard ... Willie Grogan
Hamish Linklater ... Tom Spangler
Jack Quaid ... Marcus Macauley
Tom Hanks ... Matthew Macauley
Spencer Howell ... Ulysses Macauley
Christine Nelson ... Bess Macauley
Gabriel Basso ... Tobey George
Lois Robbins ... Mrs. Beaufrere
Lucia Scarano ... Mrs. Rosa Sandoval
Molly Gordon ... Mary Arena
Scott Shepherd ... Mr. Corbett
James McCool James McCool ... Lionel
Ethan Wasson Ethan Wasson ... Auggie
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Storyline

Fourteen-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother, Ulysses. And so it is that as spring turns to summer, 1942, Homer Macauley delivers messages of love, hope, pain... and death... to the good people of Ithaca. And Homer Macauley will grapple with one message that will change him forever. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan's 1943 novel, The Human Comedy, ITHACA is a coming-of-age story about the exuberance of youth, the abruptness of change, the sweetness of life, the sting of death, and the sheer goodness that lives in each and every one of us. Written by Erik Jendresen

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Be brave. Do good. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, a war image, and smoking | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Итака See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is based on the book 'The Human Comedy' by William Saroyan. Meg Ryan read this while she was focusing on ways to cope with her divorce from Dennis Quaid. See more »

Goofs

When they are in the cinema watching the newsreel, there's a shot of a man carrying a wounded solider across a river. The commentary states "when this country was extending a helping hand..."

The shot actually of an Australian soldier helping a wounded Australian in the Kokoda campaign in New Guinea. The film is footage from Kokoda Front Line, by Damian Parer, who was an Australian combat camera man. See more »

Quotes

Tom Spangler: Just try to believe that the best part of a good man stays. It stays forever.
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Version of The Human Comedy (1943) See more »

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The most soviet movie from all American movies ever
28 November 2016 | by shmailmailSee all my reviews

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The most soviet movie from all American movies ever. So genuine,that IMHO even does not need translation.

I do remember those woman that afraid of postman even 20-30 years after war ended . I remember this letter in my late grandmother documents.

We do not have telegrams for this purpose in the soviet union but every house have this letters. Just imagine that from the man's born from 1923 to 1927 only 5% survive and most of the survivors was injured, disabled

So it hard to watch, but thanks


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