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A Cool, Dry Place (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama | 29 January 1999 (USA)
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A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five-year-old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife ... See full summary »

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John N. Smith

Writers:

Michael Grant Jaffe (novel), Matthew McDuffie (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Vaughn ... Russell Durrell
Monica Potter ... Kate Durrell
Joey Lauren Adams ... Beth Ward
Bobby Moat Bobby Moat ... Calvin Durrell
Devon Sawa ... Noah Ward
Todd Louiso ... Bob Harper
Jenny Robertson ... Joyce Ives
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Charlotte (as Siobhan Fallon)
Chris Bauer ... Larry Ives (as Christopher Bauer)
Nicholas Campbell ... Frankie Gooland
Aleksa Palladino ... Bonnie
Janet Kidder ... Carol Holman
Doug Wert ... Tom Johnson
Skipp Sudduth ... Jack Newbauer
Dara Perlmutter Dara Perlmutter ... Megan
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Storyline

A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five-year-old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife abandoned him in Chicago. Just as he starts to develop a new relationship with a veterinarian's assistant, his ex-wife suddenly reappears and wants to re-assert herself in her husband and son's life. On top of the romantic conflict, he is also suddenly presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to join a major firm in Dallas. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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love, sex and starting over...

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance Real Slow See more »

Filming Locations:

Brampton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,390
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Kate Durrell: [to Russ] When I was in the bathroom, I was thinking about the time, God, I don't even think Calvin was 6-months-old, when we were down at the lake. And it started to rain, and you put him in the ice chest, you covered him - you covered him with a blanket. And that's the way I always think of him when I think of him with you. Y'know, being safe and protected in a cool dry place.
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Precious Life
Written and Performed by Charlotte Caffey, Angela McCluskey & Jane Wiedlin
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Well worth watching....although it's all been done before
20 July 1999 | by ML368See all my reviews

This movie kept my interest from beginning to end despite it being extremely similar to Kramer Vs. Kramer. The acting was just wonderful for a moderately budgeted film. The child who played Calvin is a natural. I believed him completely throughout. Joey Lauren Adams, whom I loved In Chasing Amy, is very likeable here as well. Vince Vaughn is an appealing lead actor whom I think is on the verge of super stardom. Rent this and you will find it to be a pleasant,touching, and well acted film about life and love.


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