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Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery | 28 September 2001 (USA)
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Widowed Liz Garfield (Hope Davis) and her son Bobby (Anton Yelchin) change when mysterious stranger Ted Brautigan (Sir Anthony Hopkins) enters their lives.

Director:

Scott Hicks

Writers:

Stephen King (book), William Goldman (screenplay)
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Ted Brautigan
Anton Yelchin ... Bobby Garfield
Hope Davis ... Liz Garfield
Mika Boorem ... Carol Gerber
David Morse ... Adult Bobby Garfield
Alan Tudyk ... Monte Man
Tom Bower ... Len Files
Celia Weston ... Alana Files
Adam LeFevre ... Don Biderman
Will Rothhaar ... John Sullivan
Timothy Reifsnyder ... Harry Doolin (as Timmy Reifsnyder)
Deirdre O'Connell ... Mrs. Gerber
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Mr. Oliver
Joe Blankenship Joe Blankenship ... Richie O'Rourke (as Joe T. Blankenship)
Brett Fleisher ... Willie Shearman
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Storyline

This is a gentle, innocent movie about the reflections of an aging man (David Morse), who returns to his home town after the death of his best friend. Memories of life at age eleven floods back as it was a magical time that changed his life. Three eleven-year-old children, Bobby Garfield (Anton Yelchin), Carol Gerber (Mika Boorem), and John "Sully" Sullivan (Will Rothhaar), share their lives. Carol and Bobby have a special affection for one another including sharing a kiss "by which all others will be measured". Bobby lives with his mother Liz (Hope Davis), a bitter, vain woman who looks for pleasures for herself without sharing much with her son. Into their lives comes mysterious new boarder Ted Brautigan (Sir Anthony Hopkins), who befriends the boy, but generates distrust from the mother. As time passes, the man and boy share confidences, and special powers are revealed. The man warns the boy to be on the lookout for the "Low Men", who were seeking him. The two share a summer's ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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What if one of life's great mysteries moved in upstairs?

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nostalgia del pasado See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,021,494, 30 September 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,185,781, 2 December 2001
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The book "Hearts in Atlantis" is actually a collection of five stories (in order, "Low Men in Yellow Coats", "Hearts in Atlantis", "Blind Willie", "Why We're in Vietnam", and "Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling"), across different time eras with different characters. Director Scott Hicks noted (commentary at 29:31) that Screenwriter William Goldman had taken quite a few liberties with the material, to narrow its scope and focus. Since the first and last stories were the only two in which Bobby appeared, but were forty years apart in time, Goldman used the first story as a flashback, bookended between two parts of the last story, and discarded the other three stories. See more »

Goofs

The adult Robert opens the Fedex package containing Sully's baseball glove, and tries it on his right hand. Later in the film, the mitt is shown as a conventional left-hander. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bobby Garfield (Adult): Whenever it wants, the past can come kicking the door down. And you never know where it's going to take you. All you can do is hope it's a place you want to go.
Bobby Garfield (Adult): [answering machine message] Hi, you have reached the Garfield family. Jill and the boys are away skiing, you can reach them on their various cellphones. Me, I'm going to be on the road for a few days. I'll be back Tuesday.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the citizens of Richmond and Staunton, Virginia See more »

Connections

References Village of the Damned (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
(1933)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Performed by The Platters
Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Hearts in Atlantis: Magical enough to be enjoyable, not magical enough to standout
27 March 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Hearts in Atlantis is another Stephen King adaptation I wasn't aware of, it stars Anthony Hopkins, David Morse, and the taken before his time Anton Yelchin.

It tells the story of a small bullied boy, his father has passed away and his mother isn't fullfilling her duties as a parent. When a mysterious man appears in his life everything changes.

I had no idea what to expect but was quickly gripped, it was standard King stuff from small town America to flashbacks of youth to that wonderful charm they all seem to have.

The movie immediatly whispers sweet promises in your ear, you know something is coming and you'll expect it to be big! Sadly it doesn't entirely deliver, in fact I found the big "Revelation" very underwhelming. Don't get me wrong it was okay but not on the level I had expected.

Hearts in Atlantis is a beautiful quaint little tale, but is not one of those big epic life changing experiences that occasionally cross our paths.

The Good:

Cast are on point

Looks and sounds wonderful

Very charming

The Bad:

The twist is very weak

Feels like it should have been better

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Anthony Hopkins simply can do no wrong can he?


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