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The Book of Stars (1999)

| Drama | 1999 (USA)
After their parents' untimely death in a car accident, Penny struggles to take care of her younger sister Mary, who suffers from an incurable disease. A precocious former poet, Penny has ... See full summary »

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Michael Miner

Writer:

Tasca Shadix
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Penny McGuire
Jena Malone ... Mary McGuire
Karl Geary ... Kristjan
Delroy Lindo ... Professor
Monica Hart ... News Anchor
D.B. Sweeney ... Prisoner
Gina Nagy Gina Nagy ... Prisoner's Wife
Tina Marie Goff Tina Marie Goff ... Clinic Doctor
Sean G. Griffin Sean G. Griffin ... Store Owner (as Seán G. Griffin)
John Considine ... Lost John
Bob Morrisey ... Silhouetted John
Kevin Phillip Kevin Phillip ... Peter
Ron Otis Ron Otis ... Astronaut
William Salyers ... Hospital Doctor
Leslie Do Qui Leslie Do Qui ... Internist (as Leslie Doqui)
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After their parents' untimely death in a car accident, Penny struggles to take care of her younger sister Mary, who suffers from an incurable disease. A precocious former poet, Penny has turned to prostitution as a means of support, but Mary is determined to re-ignite a spark of hope in Penny's life by expressing her deepest feelings in her BOOK OF STARS. With the aid of the Professor, who is a friend and neighbor, Mary secretly corresponds on her sister's behalf with a Prisoner, who is inspired by the book of poetry Penny wrote as a young girl. Although Mary's BOOK OF STARS manifests her wishes, it is ultimately Penny who must live out its ending, when Mary passes away. It is the depth of love and trust between two sisters which pulls Penny back from the brink of self-destruction to embrace Mary's legacy -- a sense of magic, light, hope and the promise of tomorrow. Written by Michael Miner

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cu ochii spre stele See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Mary: Do you know that I've never been on a date before?
Kristjan: No, there should be many boys.
Mary: Would you go on a date with me? I mean if I was older...
Kristjan: I will go on a date with you right now.
Penny: Really? Where will you take her?
Kristjan: To the cinema?
Penny: No! Pretend you've never seen her before. You first see her at a society ball and she's leaning against the, no... pining by a clear silvery fountain. What makes you wanna talk to her?
Kristjan: Oh, I would come to her because she's lovely and how do you say um, mysterious.
Mary: Oh no, ...
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In the end credits it says: "In Memory of Johnine Novosel". See more »

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Very touching movie I saw at SXSW
2 May 2000 | by smetzeSee all my reviews

Wonderful story and excellent acting. I saw it at the SxSW film festival in Austin and loved it. Worth seeing any way you can. The ONLY flaw is the one or two unnecessarily overdone special effects. Very cool love story and portrayal of two sisters and their relationship.


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