7.0/10
2,700
29 user 18 critic

The Hanging Garden (1997)

Trailer
0:31 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL
William, a once obese and depressed adolescent, is able to move past his teenage years when he moves to the city and comes out as being gay. When he returns home though, he can't cope with his memories.

Director:

Thom Fitzgerald

Writer:

Thom Fitzgerald
Reviews
21 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Beefcake (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This film looks at the 1950's muscle men's magazines and the representative industry that were popular supposedly as health and fitness magazines, but were in reality primarily being ... See full summary »

Director: Thom Fitzgerald
Stars: Daniel MacIvor, Joshua Peace, Jack Griffin Mazeika
Wild Reeds (1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends, not lovers. In Francois's classroom, there are Serge, whose brother has just married to... See full summary »

Director: André Téchiné
Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Gaël Morel, Stéphane Rideau
The Fluffer (2001)
Drama | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young man employed as a fluffer in the adult entertainment industry finds himself falling for a gay-for-pay porn star whose hedonistic lifestyle may lead them both to destruction.

Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Stars: Scott Gurney, Michael Cunio, Roxanne Day
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Fifteen-year-old Beni falls in love with Fögi, a singer in a Rock band. As Fögi seduces him, Beni is willing to follow him where ever he takes him. But Fögi is a drug addict and pulls Beni ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Gisler
Stars: Frédéric Andrau, Vincent Branchet, Urs Peter Halter
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.

Director: Marek Kanievska
Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Michael Jenn
Lilies (1996)
Crime | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

1952: Bishop Bilodeau visits a québécois prison to hear the confession of a boyhood friend jailed for murder 40 years ago. The inmates force the prelate to watch a play depicting what ... See full summary »

Director: John Greyson
Stars: Ian D. Clark, Marcel Sabourin, Aubert Pallascio
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave
Head On (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A 19 year old Greek Australian youth struggles with his sexual identity and has one clumsy heterosexual and several homosexual encounters.

Director: Ana Kokkinos
Stars: Alex Dimitriades, Elena Mandalis, Damien Fotiou
Nico and Dani (2000)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Spanish coming of age story focusing on the antics of two 17 year olds, who have a posh beach house almost all to themselves one summer. This is also a summer of sexual awakenings.

Director: Cesc Gay
Stars: Fernando Ramallo, Jordi Vilches, Marieta Orozco
Loose Cannons (2010)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies ... See full summary »

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
Stars: Riccardo Scamarcio, Nicole Grimaudo, Alessandro Preziosi
Save Me (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A sex and drug addicted young man who is forced into a Christian-run ministry in an attempt to cure him of his "gay affliction", where instead he is faced with the truth in his heart and spirit.

Director: Robert Cary
Stars: Jeremy Glazer, Chad Allen, David Petruzzi
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Griff wants to maintain just a superficial relationship with his all-gay boyfriend, who gets seriously wounded in a gay bashing.

Director: John Keitel
Stars: Daniel Chilson, Niklaus Lange, Don Handfield
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Parsons Ian Parsons ... Little Sweet William
Peter MacNeill ... Whiskey Mac
Troy Veinotte Troy Veinotte ... Teen Sweet William
Kerry Fox ... Rosemary
Mark Austin Mark Austin ... Preacher
Joel Keller ... Fletcher (as Joel S. Keller)
Heather Rankin Heather Rankin ... Black-Eyed Susan
Christine Dunsworth Christine Dunsworth ... Violet
Seana McKenna Seana McKenna ... Iris
Joan Orenstein Joan Orenstein ... Grace
Chris Leavins ... Sweet William
Ashley MacIsaac Ashley MacIsaac ... Basil
Jocelyn Cunningham Jocelyn Cunningham ... Laurel
Jim Faraday Jim Faraday ... Mr. MacDougal
Sarah Polley ... Teen Rosemary
Edit

Storyline

William, a once obese and troubled teen, goes back to his family's home after being gone, without word, for ten years and finds it (and his family) haunted with his past. He had moved to the city and become a fit, well-adjusted gay man, but during his visit home, he becomes unhinged as the newly remembered reasons for his miserable adolescence come to life in each of their presents. Written by Tom Hunt Brooks <thuntb@relaypoint.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's hard to go home... ten years after your death.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, language, and a scene of a hanging, and some teen drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El jardín colgante See more »

Filming Locations:

Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,830, 9 November 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$925,756, 12 July 1998
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film won the best Canadian feature award at TIFF. See more »

Quotes

Grace the Nun: Father, can you come and bless this Virgin
[statue]
Grace the Nun: for the lady, please?
Iris: No no, that's not necessary, please don't bother him ...
Grace the Nun: That's what he's here for, it's included! Father, are you ready to bless the Virgin or what?
[The priest comes up to the store counter and picks up the Virgin statuette.]
Grace the Nun: Oh hang on now, she hasn't got the receipt. How many times do I tell you, don't bless the Virgin until you get the receipt!
See more »


Soundtracks

Ba, Ba, Ba, Mo Leanabh
Traditional, performed by Mary Jane Lamond
Courtesy of B & R Heritage Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Wow!
11 July 2000 | by harry-76See all my reviews

So you thought your family was strange. Just take a look at Sweet William's clan, and give thanks after all for your brood. A young, well adjusted man returns home after an absence of several years to find old memories returning to haunt him. As the film weaves in and out of time zones, we experience a full portrait of the ultimate dysfunctional family. Are folks really like this, or is it just something in the Nova Scotian water? Nary a dull moment in this stimulating, often thought provoking expose. If you're game, take a deep breath and enter the world of "The Hanging Garden."


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 29 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed