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The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 9 May 1999
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A ninety-one-year-old carpenter (Sidney Poitier), who is still in completely good health, has to fight developers who are trying to force him to sell his land.

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Gregg Champion
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Sidney Poitier ... Noah Dearborn
Dianne Wiest ... Sarah McClellan
Mary-Louise Parker ... Dr. Valerie Crane
George Newbern ... Christian Nelson
Roxzane T. Mims ... Noah's Mother
Afemo Omilami ... Noah's Father
Bernie Casey ... Silas
James Thomas Lee Knight ... 8-year-old Noah
Christopher Ryan Dunn Christopher Ryan Dunn ... 10-year-old Noah
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frances Bay ... Mrs. Lewis
John Bedford Lloyd ... Robert Murphy
Donna Biscoe ... Nurse
Sharon Blackwood ... Gretchen
Von Coulter Von Coulter ... Petrini
Tommy Cresswell ... Dr. Hartman
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Sitting on 35 acres of Georgia land coveted by a shopping mall developer, 90+years-old Noah Dearborn is untainted by modern life. He's never heard of the Beatles, and his only interest is his woodworking, in which he excels. The girlfriend of one of the developers is a psychologist, and is asked to evaluate Noah for a possible move to have him declared incompetent. But she soon falls under his spell of a simple life and becomes his ally in his fight to keep his land. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »
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In the opening scene, when the carpenter cracks the molding when nailing it into place, he places the nail and hammers into the upper right side of the molding, but when the crack appears, it runs from upper left side to lower right side diagonally across the molding, the opposite of what it would/should have been. See more »

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Loved it - made me cry.
20 August 2004 | by johnston-11See all my reviews

I totally enjoyed this movie. The story line was interesting and the acting was good. Poitier and Parker did an excellent job. The supporting actors were good too. I thought it was very good for a TV movie. The flashbacks were great filling in the background information, with smooth transitions and was easy to follow. It had variety with some humor and a lot of drama. The ending was satisfactory which is a big thing to me. You leave the movie feeling good. I loved it and bought my own copy. Highly recommended. Appropriate for children - another big plus for me. There was no offensive language, sex or violence. My teenage children watch it with me and like it too.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Leben ist was Wunderbares See more »

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Trimark Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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