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Convicts (1991)

Not Rated | | Drama | 6 December 1991 (USA)
In 1902 Texas, thirteen-year-old Horace goes to work on old Soll's farm to earn enough money to buy a headstone for his father's grave. Unfortunately for Horace, Soll's senility, ill health... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Masterson

Writers:

Horton Foote (play), Horton Foote (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Soll Gautier
Lukas Haas ... Horace Robedaux
James Earl Jones ... Ben Johnson
Starletta DuPois ... Martha Johnson
Carlin Glynn ... Asa
Calvin Levels ... Leroy
Gary Swanson ... Billy
Mel Winkler Mel Winkler ... Jackson
Lance E. Nichols ... Sherman Edwards
Bob Edmundson Bob Edmundson ... Overseer (as Robert Edmundson)
John McConnell ... Guard #1
Jerry Biggs Jerry Biggs ... Guard #2
Martin F. Schacker Martin F. Schacker ... Guard #3
Walter Breaux Jr. Walter Breaux Jr. ... Singing Convict
Tony Frank Tony Frank ... Sheriff
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In 1902 Texas, thirteen-year-old Horace goes to work on old Soll's farm to earn enough money to buy a headstone for his father's grave. Unfortunately for Horace, Soll's senility, ill health, and obsession with the convict labor he uses to work the farm, make it unlikely that Horace will ever be paid the twelve dollars and fifty cents Soll owes him for six months work. Written by JeanneArmintrout@juno.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horton Foote's Convicts See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color
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Goofs

When Soll thinks he hears someone in the closet he shoots three times and we see three bullet holes. But when Jackson opens the closet door to investigate, there are four holes. See more »

Quotes

Ben Johnson: Cane Land it was called once. Cane it'll be again.
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A slice of reality about a Texas convict farm
16 February 2000 | by charlz-2See all my reviews

Robert Duvall gives a creditable performance as the supervisor of a convict farm in 1902 Texas who befriends a young boy (Lukas Haas). The screenplay, written by Horton Foote, contrasts the difficulties of growing up and growing old. Duvall's character is senile and suffering ill health. He alienates himself from family and associates - except for a former convict assigned to his charge, the young boy who reminds him of his youth, and a couple who live in the village store.

It's a nice set piece, and the warm colors create a real feeling of turn-of-the-century South. While Duvall's character could have been fleshed out more, he does an excellent job as a man intent on dying on his own terms with help from his young charge


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