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The Stone Boy (1984)

PG | | Drama | 4 April 1984 (USA)
A Midwestern farm family faces major emotional adjustment after a tragedy results in the death of an older brother.

Director:

Christopher Cain

Writer:

Gina Berriault (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Joe Hillerman
Jason Presson ... Arnold Hillerman
Glenn Close ... Ruth Hillerman
Susan Rinell ... Nora Hillerman (as Susan Blackstone)
Dean Cain ... Eugene Hillerman
Frederic Forrest ... Andy Jansen
Cindy Fisher ... Amalie
Gail Youngs ... Lu Jansen
Kenneth Anderson Kenneth Anderson ... Sheriff #1
John L. Strandell John L. Strandell ... Sheriff #2
Tom Duncan Tom Duncan ... Sheriff McDuff
Wilford Brimley ... George Jansen
Danna Duffy Danna Duffy ... Margaret Mathews
Quentin Rhoades Quentin Rhoades ... Clint Mathews
Mark Melander Mark Melander ... Clancy Mathews
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Storyline

A Midwestern farm family faces major emotional adjustment after a tragedy results in the death of an older brother.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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In one fatal moment he stood alone. His silence so loud it was deafening.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chłopiec z marmuru See more »

Filming Locations:

Cascade, Montana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$261,033

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$261,033
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Glenn Close and Robert Duvall appeared in The Natural (1984) and The Paper (1994). See more »

Goofs

There are four goofs when the Hillermans have dinner with Andy. With the line, "Eugene would be sitting here," position of Andy's right hand changes, plus he gains a fork. When Andy says, "if the rabbit hadn't stopped," the fork jumps from Andy's right to left hand. At the line, "maybe he's just like a woman," Andy's hand shifts from motioning with the fork to an eating position. And when arguing about leaving the house, Andy's hands change positions. See more »

Quotes

George Jansen: I think what yer askin' is will I give you a shotgun.
Arnold Hillerman: You got a few.
George Jansen: Yeah. But I've had them guns a long time. And if I give one away I wouldn't see it no more. And I wouldn't see the fellow I give it to, either. Now it might be I can get along without one of my shotguns, but I don't want to loose a grandson. I wouldn't have none left... Say, you ever thought about being a millionaire.
Arnold Hillerman: No.
George Jansen: You might give that some thought.
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Alternate Versions

One ending to this movie had the boy reuniting with his father by quietly slipping up next to him at the county fair, another ending had the boy reunited with his parents when they found him distraught by the loud banging of fireworks at the county fair, reminding him of the death of his brother. See more »


Soundtracks

Baby, You're So Young
Written and Sung by Mayf Nutter
Courtesy of Mayf Nutter Music, BMI
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a quiet, realistic, well acted and written family drama
17 August 2003 | by robertedwardSee all my reviews

I had seen this film way back in the 80's and had nearly forgotten it when I noticed it was on tv again and watched it. I remembered having liked this little sleeper when I first saw it, and I liked it even better on second viewing.

All of the actors, especially Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Wilfred Brimley, Frederic Forrest, and Jason Presson (as the twelve-year-old boy who feels responsible for the accidental shooting death of his older brother), are superb. The film has a very genuine feel to it--an understated, quiet, deeply moving story of a family aching with grief. The dialogue is sparse but telling, and the nonverbal acting is outstanding. Sort of like a simpler, rural version of Ordinary People sans psychiatrist but equally impressive family dynamics.

The Stone Boy is well worth the time and emotional energy involved in watching it.


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