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At Theaters: 9/28/2001 On Video: 2/12/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 43 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 339919
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Bobby Garfield returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of one of his best friends from childhood. During his trip home, Bobby can't help but visit the old house where he grew up, which is now a ruin. And through the window that used to look toward the house of Carol Gerber, his childhood sweetheart, he looks back into the past ... to the last summer of his childhood.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Drama - A sweet, nostalgic drama that may be too slow paced for some. Will likely appeal mainly to older viewers.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Anthony Hopkins HANNIBAL, INSTINCT, MEET JOE BLACK
Anton Yelchin MULHOLLAND DRIVE
Hope Davis MUMFORD, ARLINGTON ROAD, NEXT STOP, WONDERLAND
Mika Boorem MIGHTY JOE YOUNG
David Morse PROOF OF LIFE, BAIT, THE GREEN MILE
Director: Scott Hicks SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS
Producer: Kerry Heysen SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Only a few mild profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Very mild. A couple of fights between kids.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some social drinking.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny moments.
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USA TODAY  Full Review
Good "..don't underestimate the appeal of a heart-tugger that's this well mounted. It's clear that many involved were trying to make a movie that might touch someone.''

Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "Hearts in Atlantis'' has moments of feeling (the young actors are vivid and spontaneous), but I'd like it better if it weren't bogged down in Stephen King's heavy-handed insistence that the Eisenhower years were the Ur-moment, when ''purity'' was endangered but shining.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Above Average "Hearts in Atlantis is a disappointment. Slow-paced and unevenly scripted (highly unusual for veteran screenwriter William Goldman), the movie leaves us wondering whether we were supposed to care about any of the characters, and, if so, why.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very Good "H earts in Atlantis" weaves a strange spell, made of nostalgia and fear. Rarely does a movie make you feel so warm and so uneasy at the same time, as Stephen King's story evokes the mystery of adolescence, when everything seems to be happening for the very first time.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 125 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
3
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
5
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
4
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
43
High
91%
30+Adults (F)
70
Very High
90%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

Generally, adults enjoyed this movie, but not that many loved it. From the negative opinions it appears some didn't quite understand the story and others thought it was too slow. There were very few opinions below "Fair," so I'm confident you will enjoy this movie and I recommend it, but just keep in mind the type of movie it is, slow drama.

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
This slow paced, nostalgic drama is well acted and directed, but it lacks the drama of other Stephen King films such as "The Green Mile" or "Misery." I found it to be slow with few surprises or thrills. Fortunately you don't have to rely on my opinion since we were able to collect 101 moviegoer opinions at an advance screening. SEE ABOVE

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
For middle-aged photographer Bobby Garfield (DAVID MORSE), the past comes kicking the door down one day when the death of a childhood friend beckons him back to the town of his upbringing, and the memory of his 11th summer in 1960.

It's a summer of friendship shared with his closest pals, Carol (MIKA BOOREM) and Sully (WILL ROTHHAAR), and marked by the arrival of a new lodger, Ted Brautigan (ANTHONY HOPKINS) in the upstairs apartment of the boarding house where Bobby lives with his self-obsessed mother, Liz (HOPE DAVIS).

Bobby's memory of his long-dead father is clouded by his mother's bitterness, but Ted fills the gap, offering him adult friendship and attention, and helping to open the boy's eyes to a bigger world.

But Ted brings with him too a haunted past, and strange powers which both puzzle and alarm Bobby. When he offers Bobby a job, it's more than simply reading the paper to save the old man's failing eyes — Ted enlists the boy to help him avoid a powerful danger that's pursuing him.

As the last summer of Bobby's childhood draws to a close, Ted gives him a new understanding of his father, and the possibilities of life and love, before events overtake them all. Ted's pursuers close in, forcing Bobby to find depths of courage and forgiveness he never imagined.

And for the adult Bobby, revisiting his childhood home and the memories of a summer long gone, a chance encounter completes the circle of his journey back in time.

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