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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie,
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This review is from: Cross Creek [Import] (DVD)This one should be added to the classics list.
Beautifully written and well acted. A little sad too, but well worth watching.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story about a writer struggling for independance,
This review is from: Cross Creek (VHS Tape)My main interest in this movie was the story of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. She is a writer who is leaving her life to pursue her writing dreams and find fulfillment in publishing a novel.
Her husband is not interested in her dreams. She decides to seek solitude in an isolated orange grove in Florida. Little does she know, this will not be an ideal life. After 30 years of urban life, she is not prepared for a small Florida town.
After many rejections, Marjorie finally realizes "Gothic Novels" are not her specialty. Her agent helps her see how interesting her life actually is and she begins to write about what she knows best. In the process she falls in love, makes a best-friend, helps the community by hiring everyone who lives around her to help remodel her house and fix up her orchard.
Cross Creek is based on the best-selling memoirs of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and has some very human moments when you realize the beauty or ugliness of life. The local business man (Peter Coyote) who falls in love with her, does something so amazing. It reminded me of when my father bought my mother her first car. I only know the story, but the situation is similar. Marjorie of course is very head strong and not about to take help from another man. Until she realizes what Norton Bascomb has secretly done.
Slow-paced movie that is more "cute" than "dramatic." Although, there are a few heart-wrenching moments. I thought they dwelled too long on the party, however the chocolate cake sure did look good!
Only view this movie if you have chocolate cake in the house! Preferably decorated with candied orange slices.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Writer's Life,
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Mary Steenburgen gives an Oscar worthy performance as Rawlings, a writer unhappy with her life in society and the husband she has grown apart from in 1928. Her famous editor Max Perkins (Malcolm McDowell) keeps rejecting her gothic romances so she purchases a run down orange grove in Florida and after filing for divorce begins a new life in Cross Creek. What she discovers in this beautiful but harsh place will change who she is as a person and a writer.
Director Ritt stunningly captures the beauty of Cross Creek and the few people who live there. It is here that Rawlings meets her future husband Norton Bascomb (Peter Coyote) and everyone else who would inspire her great novels. Rawlings slowly becomes a part of Cross Creek herself as she cares for her orange groves and keeps writing. Her letters to Perkins are better than her romance novels he keeps rejecting and the people of Cross Creek begin to take precedent in her work.
Rip Torn gives a memorable performance as Marsh Turner and a young Dana Hill is unforgettable as Ellie May, the apple of his eye holding tightly to the last of her youthful dreams in the form of her fawn, Flag. Alfrie Woodard, as the enthusiastic Geechee, put herself on the map with her fine portrayel of Rawlings housemaid and friend. Joanna Miles is fine as Marsh's wife, a delicate woman who has slipped into a better world due to the harsh nature of life in Cross Creek.
Rawlings's empathy for a young couple struggling to survive would finally take form and be published by Perkins as Jacob's Ladder. But it would of course be the plight of Ellie May and her fawn Flag which would bring forth the American classic, The Yearling. Steenburgen's magnificent portrayel of a woman struggling for independence and searching for her voice as a writer is powerful.
Ritt's direction is sure as he mixes the humor and drama of life in Cross Creek with the inner struggle of a very unique and gutsy woman. This is a wonderful film that is an inspirational tribute to one of the most distinctive voices in American literature. This warm and lovingly filmed tribute to a great writer and the life she chose to live will never be forgotten once you see it, which you must do.
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Drama - Brilliant Performances,
Mary Steenburgen performs the lead role with elegance and a vitality rarely found in roles like this. She has more charm than Kate Hepburn, and she manages to be so believable because she can navigate the feistiness, fear, anger, frustration, sadness, and humor of Ms. Rawlings and her adventures at Cross Creek without missing a beat. Peter Coyote plays Mr. Norton Baskin, a local innkeeper seeking her attention. Alfre Woodard brilliantly plays Geechie, her maid and manages to steal a few scenes in the process. But the two supporting performances that stand out are those of Rip Torn and Dana Hill. Torn and Hill are father and daughter from a dirt poor family try to scrap a living on the creek. They befriend Rawlings, and what results is the real life inspiration for the Yearling.
I believe this film was nominated for four Academy Award Nominations - with three acting nominations - one each for Rip Torn, Alfre Woodard, and Steenburgen. If you enjoy good drama, strong female roles, true stories, or just plain great acting, this would be a fine addition to any collection. My only disappointment with the DVD package is the film is presented in mono instead of Dolby Stereo, but the picture quality is superb. They even managed to include a short featurette. Still, I give this movie five stars, and highly recommend. It is one of my personal favorites.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Cross Creek" is unforgettable, in the good way.,
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Cross Creek [Import] (DVD - 2001)