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At Theaters: 1/7/2000 On Video: 5/30/2000
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 7 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 129910
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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On a wintry Pacific Northwest island community in 1950, a quiet fisherman stands trial for murder. It looks like a straightforward case of cold-blooded homicide. But as the trial unfolds, the simple story of the man's death unravels into a deeply haunting mystery and an extraordinary tale about the persistence of hate and the power of love.
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Mystery - A character-driven mystery with a non-linear storyline and gorgeous scenery -- generally intended for adults, since it may be too slow moving for younger viewers.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ethan Hawke (The Newton Boys)
James Cromwell (The General's Daughter)
Richard Jenkins (There's Something About Mary)
Director: Scott Hicks (Shine)
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Production Notes Heading
An Island's Memory
The Stellar Cast
Making The Film
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PROFANITY: Extremely infrequent.
SEX/NUDITY: Two discreet sex scenes.
VIOLENCE: A couple of bloody war scenes.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Occasional drinking.
ACTION: A minimal amount of action during the war scenes.
COMEDY: Almost no comedy, even as comic relief.
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Very Good
Snow Falling on Cedars addresses one of the darkest aspects of 20th century American domestic policy - the internment of thousands of Japanese American citizens in concentration camps during the 1940s. Without adopting a didactic tone, and by setting many of the flashbacks in and around the Japanese American community during the war years, this movie illustrates not only the broad spectrum of obvious rights violations that occurred in this time, but some of the more insidious ones as well. Visually, the film is nothing short of stunning. The outdoor snowscape scenes are examples of cold, breathtaking beauty -- this is a motion picture of great thematic and visual richness.
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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 197 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
6
Low
50%
13-19Teens (F)
27
Fairly High
74%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
5
Fairly Low
60%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
21
About 50/50
81%
30+Adults (M)
53
Fairly High
85%
30+Adults (F)
85
Fairly High
88%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Fog as thick and palpable as cotton hangs suspended over San Piedro Island. On the bay, a flickering lantern signals distress from a crippled fishing boat, while elsewhere a freighter lurches blindly through the chalky mist. By morning, sea and sky are clear, but the tranquil village of fisherman and berry farmers will forever be changed. For one man has lost his life, and another -a childhood friend- has been charged with taking it. An investigation is launched. The trial begins.

  A reporter covering the trial, Ishmael Chambers, sits in the courtroom, carefully observing the person with whom he shared the rapturous secrets of childhood, the only woman he has ever loved. Hatsue, the defendant's wife. Their tortured relationship will have an unexpected bearing on the trial of Kazuo Miyamoto, which serves to frame Snow Falling On Cedars.

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