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The Stone Angel (2007)

R | | Drama | 11 July 2008 (USA)
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A 90-year-old woman, rapidly losing her memory and knowing that sooner or later her life will be over, returns to the Manitoba farmhouse she grew up in to try and make peace with her dysfunctional family.

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Kari Skogland

Writers:

Kari Skogland, Margaret Laurence (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Burstyn ... Hagar
Dylan Baker ... Marvin
Sheila McCarthy ... Doris
Judy Marshak ... Silver Elms Matron
Doreen Brownstone ... Silver Elms Bridge Player
Samantha Weinstein ... Child Hagar
Ryland Thiessen Ryland Thiessen ... Child Telford
Mackenzie Munro ... Child Charlotte
Connor Price ... Child Matt
Jordan Todosey ... Child Lottie
Ardith Boxall Ardith Boxall ... Lottie's Mother
Arne MacPherson Arne MacPherson ... Doctor
Ted Atherton ... Reverend Troy
Christine Horne ... Young Hagar
R. Morgan Slade R. Morgan Slade ... Young Telford
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Storyline

In Manitoba, Hagar Shipley is nearing 90. She has little, she tells us, but her memories. Over several weeks, during which she runs away from her son and daughter-in-law who want to place her in a nursing home, returning to the small town where she grew up and the now-derelict farmhouse where she was married and raised two sons, we follow Hagar in the present and in memories that trace her childhood, marriage in defiance of her father, and later losses. She's fiercely even foolishly proud. Can she make peace with anyone she loves, or is she left to rage against the dying of the light? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes it takes your whole life to get it right. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ángel de piedra See more »

Filming Locations:

Hartney, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,883, 13 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$459,166, 25 August 2008
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There were over 50 picture vehicles used in the filming that spanned 5 decades. See more »

Goofs

The first incident with the freight train is set about 1950 yet it has no caboose. The caboose was not replaced by an electronic monitor on the last freight car until the eighties. It's also more than likely that in that era in western Canada a freight would have been hauled by steam rather than diesel. See more »

Quotes

Arlene: I want to have a baby.
John: We're broke.
Arlene: We love each other. It'll be a love child.
[they both laugh quietly. meanwhile, Hagar walks silently in and sees what's going on]
John: Well, my mom leaves town in a couple weeks. Then we can get married, and we can talk about having a baby, okay?
Arlene: I don't care about a wedding or anything.
John: You can have whatever you want.
[it becomes more intense; they are both breathing faster]
Arlene: [breathlessly] I want lots of babies.
[...]
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The Devil is Dead
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Sang by Wings Hauser and Landon Norris
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An elderly woman looks back on her life
19 August 2017 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

This movie features the remarkable acting of Ellen Burstyn as Hagar Shipley, whose life is chronicled here in a series of flashbacks with Samantha Weinstein and Christine Horne as her younger self. As a 90-year-old, Hagar is ailing and losing her memory and her son Mervyn wants to place her in a retirement home. This brings out all the bitterness and regret that she has kept inside and we see scenes from the past that tell us the story of a rebellious young woman, loving mother and the victim of a broken marriage. The movie is a realistic portrait of one woman's life with all its heartbreaks, dashed hopes, loves, and loyalties. Hagar looks back on a life she lived on her own terms. Brought up as the daughter of well-to-do merchant in a small Canadian Prairie town, she rejects her father's wealth and marries the guy she falls madly in love with, against her father's wishes. The marriage between two unconventional young people, who enjoyed great sex and fun, eventually lost its lustre. Hagar's husband was marked by alcohol and an out of control ego that eventually took its toll on both of them. Certainly Hagar knew her own failings contributed to the downfall of the marriage. She re-lived these failings in an encounter with a young woman, well performed by Ellen Page, who exhibits the same weaknesses as she had. The movie is based on a Canadian book by the same name written in 1964. I read the book many years ago in a Canadian literature course but I can see how this movie has much in common with another movie, "Rachel, Rachel", based on A Jest of God, also by Canadian author Margaret Laurence. Margaret Laurence was a great writer whose gift was to write realistically about women who run up against the unwritten rules of mid-20th century life and the harsh consequences that result, especially in small towns. I found this movie was a brilliant tribute to Margaret Laurence and great viewing pleasure.


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