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The Stone Boy (1984)

PG | | Drama | 4 April 1984 (USA)
A Midwestern farm family faces major emotional adjustment after a tragedy results in the death of an older brother.

Director:

Christopher Cain

Writer:

Gina Berriault (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Joe Hillerman
Jason Presson ... Arnold Hillerman
Glenn Close ... Ruth Hillerman
Susan Rinell ... Nora Hillerman (as Susan Blackstone)
Dean Cain ... Eugene Hillerman
Frederic Forrest ... Andy Jansen
Cindy Fisher ... Amalie
Gail Youngs ... Lu Jansen
Kenneth Anderson Kenneth Anderson ... Sheriff #1
John L. Strandell John L. Strandell ... Sheriff #2
Tom Duncan Tom Duncan ... Sheriff McDuff
Wilford Brimley ... George Jansen
Danna Duffy Danna Duffy ... Margaret Mathews
Quentin Rhoades Quentin Rhoades ... Clint Mathews
Mark Melander Mark Melander ... Clancy Mathews
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A Midwestern farm family faces major emotional adjustment after a tragedy results in the death of an older brother.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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In one fatal moment he stood alone. His silence so loud it was deafening.

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Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dečak od kamena See more »

Filming Locations:

Cascade, Montana, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Glenn Close and Robert Duvall appeared in The Natural (1984) and The Paper (1994). See more »

Goofs

While waiting for the bus, Lu adjusts her hair, and her hand jumps from her brow to her side. See more »

Quotes

George Jansen: I think what yer askin' is will I give you a shotgun.
Arnold Hillerman: You got a few.
George Jansen: Yeah. But I've had them guns a long time. And if I give one away I wouldn't see it no more. And I wouldn't see the fellow I give it to, either. Now it might be I can get along without one of my shotguns, but I don't want to loose a grandson. I wouldn't have none left... Say, you ever thought about being a millionaire.
Arnold Hillerman: No.
George Jansen: You might give that some thought.
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Alternate Versions

One ending to this movie had the boy reuniting with his father by quietly slipping up next to him at the county fair, another ending had the boy reunited with his parents when they found him distraught by the loud banging of fireworks at the county fair, reminding him of the death of his brother. See more »

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Version of The Stone Boy (1960) See more »

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Jamboree In The Hills
Written and Sung by Mayf Nutter
Courtesy of Mayf Nutter Music, BMI
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Powerful, Moving, Compassionate Film
17 July 2002 | by jdrewSee all my reviews

The Stone Boy is a tragedy of Midwestern stoicism in the face of inconsolable grief. Arnold accidentally shoots his brother and is frozen out by his family, with the exception of his grandfather. The process for everyone is painful to watch, but handled very quietly. I was very reminded of Tender Mercies, another great Robert Duvall film. It is drama at its best and a film I recommend highly.


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