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A Painted House (2003)

A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfonso Arau

Writers:

Patrick Sheane Duncan (teleplay), John Grisham (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Glenn ... Eli 'Pappy' Chandler
Arija Bareikis ... Kathleen Chandler
Robert Sean Leonard ... Jesse Chandler
Melinda Dillon ... Gran Chandler
Logan Lerman ... Luke Chandler
Audrey Marie Anderson ... Tally Spruill
Geoffrey Lewis ... Mr. Spruill
Pablo Schreiber ... Hank Spruill
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Stick Peters
Luis Garcia Luis Garcia ... Cowboy (as Luis Esteban Garcia)
Miguel Pérez ... Miguel
Diane Delano ... Mrs. Spruill
Lucas Elliot Eberl ... Trot Spruill (as Luke Eberl)
Sean Harrison Jones ... Bo Spruill (as Sean Jones)
Richard Crowe Richard Crowe ... Mr. Latcher
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Storyline

A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in better conditions. However, with this particularly tough farming season, the boy learns that his challenges guide him in discovering who he really is. Written by Anonymous

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Desperate Times, hard truths, unexpected dangers. One extraordinary summer will change a young boy and his family...forever.

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official CBS Page

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Grisham's A Painted House See more »

Filming Locations:

Clarkedale, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The church used for the Sunday church scene was donated by the film crew to a small church in Crittenden County, Arkansas. The church still stands and is being used every Sunday. A large sign in the yard depicts it as the church used in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When the soda fountain worker give the customer a fountain drink, the seltzer from the spigot comes out brown. Seltzer is clear. All fountain drinks, including Coca Cola, required a squirt of flavored syrup then the cup was held under the fountain spigot. The clerk would push the handle back for a pressurized squirt to mix the clear seltzer and syrup then would pull the handle forward to fill the glass. See more »

Quotes

Tally Spruill: [after taking a bath in the lake] You saw me, didn't you Luke?
Luke Chandler: Yes
Tally Spruill: That's Ok, I'm not mad.
Luke Chandler: You're Not?
Tally Spruill: No.
Luke Chandler: I guess it's only natural, you know... for boys to look at girls
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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Where did this movie go?
6 March 2004 | by Sneaky_Pete_XXVIISee all my reviews

I was very engaged with the movie (or story)...Up to a point. I was very upset with the fact that they spent a fair time setting up a growing problem (which you could sense), then introducing the problem (the murder), then abandoning it, and then finally restarting a new story that doesn't quite fit. WHY DO THAT?!

Like I said, I was totally engaged...Up to a point. And this is when everything went downhill!

On the plus side, there was good acting. But I believe even if you do have good acting-if your plot isn't convincing (or doesn't make sense), then the audience won't focus on that, and therefore your acting isn't as significant.

There are very few films that go off on a tangent (and that's a good thing), but when movies like, "A Painted House" and "Jeepers Creepers", do it (or I suppose any movie that does it), I can't help but lose interest, and become disappointed with it.


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