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  • Actors: Thomas Dekker, Lynn Collins, Elizabeth McGovern, Joseph Morgan, Jeremy Piven
  • Directors: Gaby Dellal
  • Writers: Catherine Trieschmann, Leslie Schwartz
  • Producers: Leslie Cowan, Rose Garnett, Shirley Vercruysse, Tim Perell, William Mulroy
  • Format: AC-3, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • Release Date: April 3 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B006ZT2MEM
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Angels Crest [Blu-ray]

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Ethan is a young father to Nate who is a three year old. The mother is a lush who has fled the family home and left Nate to the sole charge of the father. Then on the first day of snow Ethan decides to take Nate to the forest and see the real beauty of nature. Once there Nate has fallen asleep in his safety seat, so Ethan goes off to deer watch for a few minutes.

On his return Nate is gone and after a frantic search, involving most of the town- his dead and frozen body is found. Why the father did not follow the child's tracks in the snow is never answered though which I did feel was odd and has been seen by a lot od commentators as a bit of a plot hole. In the aftermath the whole town has to take a look at itself and how it truly is and accusation, recriminations and bigotry are high on the `to do' list.

This is a quietly confident film with a great performance from Thomas Dekker (`Kaboom') as Ethan and is more about social relationships and the threads that can unite and sometimes tie us together and what happens when those threads unravel - it is far from a `feel good' movie but it has its moments all the same. It also is filmed with a great eye to the location (Alberta and Calgary, Canada) and gives fair treatment to all of the players. One to make you think and one I can recommend, but bear in mind the plot hole that I mentioned. Seven out of ten rounded to four stars.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x990a56fc) out of 5 stars 218 reviews
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99088048) out of 5 stars I was born in a small town... Jan. 2 2012
By Shannon L. Yarbrough - Published on Amazon.com
...so I know the all too often disturbing and sad dynamics an event like a missing child can have on locals. Angels Crest is an under-the-radar film about one such event. When a father innocently takes his three year old son into the woods to play in the snow and the child goes missing, we see a small town come together to search for the child - including the alcoholic mother and the father's friends.

It is through this union that small subplots are developed. We see the fragile state of the child's mother as she deals with the news of the missing child and a strained relationship with her own mother.

We see the father, lost and blaming himself, as the local district attorney presses charges against him and the father learns that one of his best friends had been sleeping with the mother.

Other than this, we also catch a glimpse at a lesbian couple in town, one whose own teenage son comes to stay with his pregnant girlfriend, and another woman with children who runs the local diner. The district attorney also has a past of his own that deals with children but goes unrevealed.

Though these minor plots lack depth, as a whole the movie is very raw and haunting. Definitely worth a look just for the breathtaking imagery in the mountains and of small town living which definitely breathes real life into the film as a whole. Be prepared to grab the tissues for a disturbing ending.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98cf6b7c) out of 5 stars HERE COMES THE PAIN! Oct. 31 2012
By George Griggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This movie gripped me in my stomach and heart and still hasn't let go. I dislike when folks compare the original book to movie: but here I go.
I read the novel; I saw the movie. It's rare when I say, "I THINK THE MOVIE IS BETTER THAN THE BOOK." There! I said it and I mean it.
In the movie, I got to really know ETHAN (Thomas Dekker), hence I was with him all the way and feeling his anguish and hopelessness. Dekker added so many levels to this character: what an actor. I want to see what else he does in the future (and that's him writing and singing the closing credits song.)
The novel did not focus too much on Ethan; its' chapters give everyone equal story time. Ethan was less fleshed out than the others: a disappointment when I read the book. However, Thomas Dekker, and the film adaptation, had me totally WITH Ethan. I'm hurting for months after seeing this flick. And the ending, in both book and movie, seemed inevitable and honest.

The character CINDY (Lynn Collins) is so real -- I swear--I've dated young woman like her. Collins plays it for real and she's fascinating to watch on screen.
To sum up: I thought the movie's emotional IMPACT was much more powerful than the novel.

One of my few gripes of the movie version is the character ROXANN (Kate Walsh). Her movie character is played like a one-note lesbian who looks pissed most of the time. Typical Roxann scene: when Jane's pregnant daughter-in-law asks Roxann if she wants a bite of her hot-dog, Roxann's snarls, "I don't do dick." That about sums up her movie character. And it's not even a funny line. Whereas in the novel, Roxann is more fleshed out (her hobby is bees, hives, making honey, reflecting on the inevitable death of drones and and protecting the queen bee, etc.) Lazy screen writing turned Roxann into some cliched "painter/artist": Yech! Some movie characters were combined (The D.A., in movie, was a combo of Judge Rosenthal and D.A Kraft: both characters in the book). I do miss Judge Jack Rosenthal in the flick: he's a poignant character in the novel and adds more levels to this piece: he questions God, his faith, the law, etc. But, when one adapts a screenplay from a novel, trade-offs must be made for dramatic impact: and this film packs a wallop of an impact.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98ea98ac) out of 5 stars Perfect storytelling Dec 12 2011
By W. coco - Published on Amazon.com
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Thomas Dekker the male lead is perfect in his role, his whole countenance(sic) reaks of laconic, chronic beaten-down-ness but one who loves his son. He is backed by heavy talent like Mira Sorvino and talented no-names. A gem of a movie, authentic, low key, heartfelt, and enriching to watch despite the tradgedy it revolves around. Can't go wrong.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98e87558) out of 5 stars Well acted film March 6 2014
By Pamela Carter - Published on Amazon.com
I'd never heard of this film before, but decided to give it a try. I was hooked on it from the first few minutes of the story. It was so well acted that my heart was breaking for the main character who lost his son. I believe the father was played by Thomas Dekker. His portrayal of the heart broken, guilty ridden father had me crying. A great movie.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99079954) out of 5 stars Guilt, Responsibility, Forgiveness: One Town, One Life, One Wrong Turn Dec 31 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
ANGELS CREST is not a perfect movie: there are so many undeveloped sidebars that keeping everyone in a place where they seem to fit into the tale is difficult. But there are some powerful performances here and some cause for reflection that makes the movie very worthwhile watching. Based on the novel by the same name written by Leslie Schwartz, adapted for the screen by Catherine Trieschmann, and directed by Gaby Dellal, the story deals with numerous interactions of a small town populated with alcoholics, drug abusers, adulterers, and other strange types and how they deal with a tragedy that makes no sense.

Nate Denton (Ameko Eks Mass Carroll) is a 3 year old son of Ethan Denton (Thomas Dekkar in a breakout performance that deserves attention) who awakens one morning in his pathetic home to tell his beloved single dad that it is snowing. The father/son bond is strong and Ethan dresses them both to go out to view the beauty of the snowy countryside in their old truck. When they arrive at a perfect spot, Ethan turns to the backseat to take Nate out to make snowmen, but Nate has fallen asleep in this safety car seat. Ethan makes the truck warm, locks the truck and walks out to view the spectacle of winter, the deer, and the eloquent mountains. In a few minutes he returns - and Nate is gone! Ethan is terrified, begins shouting his son's name as he searches for him. The town is alerted and a search party begins. Nate's mother alcoholic mother Cindy (Lynn Collins) is notified of Nate's missing and begins her tirade on every person she meets. After an overnight search for Nate, Ethan discovers Nate's frozen body and is devastated. Ethan is taken into custody for a death stemming from negligence and the townspeople form sides as to Ethan's guilt. Among them is a waitress Angie (Mira Sorvino) and her small daughter Rosie (Emma Macgillivray), Ethan's friend Rusty (Joseph Morgan), a lesbian couple (Elizabeth McGovern and Kate Walsh), Cindy's preachy mother (Barbara Williams). and the local police. The town brings in the District Attorney (Jeremy Piven) who obviously has secrets of his won that mirror Ethan's crisis. The story is resolved in a strange and tragic manner, leaving many crises unsolved.

Thomas Dekkar gives such a fine performance that we are able to see inside his heart and head and soul. The supporting cast conveys the small town response to a tragedy among their own - who is guilty of what and how could the incident have ever occurred. There are many ideas created by the writers and the characters that are never realized fully, but the sense of human response to an accident is staggeringly real. There is much more to this film in retrospect, after watching it, that haunts the viewer. Grady Harp, December 11

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