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Earthly Possessions (1999)

A bored wife, who is planning to run away from her minister husband, is taken hostage in a bank robbery. However, she sees the thrill in being involved in the chase and becomes an ... See full summary »

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Charlotte Emory
Phoebe Lapine ...
Cheerleader #1
Anna Rose Menken ...
Cheerleader #2 (as Anna Manken)
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Old Woman In Bank
Danielle Ferland ...
Baby Whitehead
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Jake Simms, Jr.
Marialisa Costanzo ...
Screaming Woman
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Libby
Julyana Soelistyo ...
Sour Waitress
Tak Wah Eng ...
Bartender
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Announcer
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Heidi Anderson
John Christopher Jones ...
Marvel Hodge
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A bored wife, who is planning to run away from her minister husband, is taken hostage in a bank robbery. However, she sees the thrill in being involved in the chase and becomes an accomplice to helping the younger robber escape his pursuers. As things progress, she learns he pulled the robbery to get enough money to help his pregnant girlfriend leave a home for unwed mothers. The two have a brief flirtation, but it is clear the housewife just needs something to enliven her life. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Charlotte wasn't looking to meet Jake. And Jake wasn't looking to take a hostage. Some people should look where they're going.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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20 March 1999 (USA)  »

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Destino fatale  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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This movie marks the fourth collaboration between Susan Sarandon and Margo Martindale. They previously appeared together in Lorenzo's Oil (1992), Dead Man Walking (1995), and Twilight (1998). See more »

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Jake: Look, I'm not one of your kids, lady, so don't try and lecture me.
Charlotte: [interrupting] Oh, I haven't got any kids.
Jake: What? You said that...
Charlotte: Well I lied. After my miscarriage I couldn't have any.
[beat]
Charlotte: I lie to myself sometimes. I pretend I have kids. I pretend what they would be like...
[beat]
Charlotte: I've never told that to anyone before.
Jake: I didn't mean any of those things I said.
Charlotte: I know.
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Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Arranged and Performed by Rick Hardeman
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Interesting use of Susan Sarandon
22 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I think of Susan Sarandin I think of a hip, sexy, woman with no reserves about anything. It was really interesting to see her play a character so totally opposite. In this she is a virtual recluse in a town she has never left since girlhood, a non-Christian married to a Minister! On the day she plans to take her money from the bank and run she is taken hostage by(Jake) played by actor Stephen Dorff,a very appealing guy! .

Here is Susan, dressed as a frump ,trapped and in tow, by a confused and possibly dangerous handsome guy fresh out of prison. Their interaction and eventual meshing of opposites is FUN to experience in their day by day relationship. The situations are sometimes heartfelt, or sexy, or scary!

By the end, we see Susan as we all know Susan,dressed in red boots and a mini -skirt.

All the time through the film, Stephen Dorff's inner violence ,just under his calmer surface, smolders. What is he capable of? Is he mellow? Or a tiger?

There is a surprise "almost end" (I thought it was the end,) to the film that blows your mind, and it positively shocked me.

You need to see this movie. Maybe you can find it on eBay or Half.com. I hope so. I think you will enjoy it .


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