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Big Eden (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 18 April 2000 (USA)
Big Eden is a small, fictional northwestern Montana town.

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Cast

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Henry Hart
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Dean Stewart
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Sam Hart
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Widow Thayer
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Anna Rudolph
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Mary Margaret Bishop
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Lloyd
Christopher Kendra ...
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Storyline

Big Eden is a tiny fictional town in northwestern Montana, as Preston Sturges or Frank Capra might have envisioned it. Timber and Cowboy country. This is the story of Henry Hart, a successful New York Artist, who returns to the town of his childhood to care for the ailing grandfather who raised him. Back in Big Eden, Henry must come to terms with his relationship to Dean Stewart, his best friend from high School, as well as the object of his unrequited love. All these years Henry has been pining for a dream image of Dean from back then. This is also the story of Pike Dexter, the shy, unassuming Native American owner of the town's general store, who is as surprised as anyone to find himself falling in love with Henry. The people of Big Eden conspire and attempt to bring Henry and Pike together. Written by Anonymous

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A Small Miracle

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic material
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18 April 2000 (USA)  »

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Big Eden - Un petit miracle  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,198, 15 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$512,451, 14 December 2001
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Quotes

Grace Cornwell: Listen, you know what they say when you get lost in the woods? If you stay put, stay in one place and don't wander, they'll find you. And I was just hoping you'd let yourself be found this time. I was hoping you'd let us find you. But you keep wandering and we can't.
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Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Optimistic
Written by Aubrey Freeman
Performed by Skeeter Davis
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Wonderful
30 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Everything has already been said about this film in the adjoining comments, so I'll make a few personal observations.

I'm not about to apologize for liking this film, or make any excuses for its content. Frankly, who's to say such a town can't exist? My origins are in the Deep South, and believe it or not, I've seen communities like this one. Perhaps it is "stereotypical" to think that such a town CANNOT be real. Sure, hatred exists everywhere. I've personally been the victim of a nasty hate crime, but I've also been fortunate enough to visit small communities that embrace everyone, gay or straight. I have every reason to be bitter, but I choose not to be a martyr.

As others have said, I welcome this film as a gay love story that avoids the pitfalls of torpid melodrama and morbid angst. Many have accurately compared this film to the TV series "Northern Exposure." It really is a sweet little film (and I normally avoid that word).

How interesting that ALL of my cynical gay friends love this film. Surprisingly, I only learned of it this year. Ebert totally missed the boat on this one.


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