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A Painted House (2003)

A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfonso Arau

Writers:

Patrick Sheane Duncan (teleplay), John Grisham (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Glenn ... Eli 'Pappy' Chandler
Arija Bareikis ... Kathleen Chandler
Robert Sean Leonard ... Jesse Chandler
Melinda Dillon ... Gran Chandler
Logan Lerman ... Luke Chandler
Audrey Marie Anderson ... Tally Spruill
Geoffrey Lewis ... Mr. Spruill
Pablo Schreiber ... Hank Spruill
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Stick Peters
Luis Garcia Luis Garcia ... Cowboy (as Luis Esteban Garcia)
Miguel Pérez ... Miguel
Diane Delano ... Mrs. Spruill
Lucas Elliot Eberl ... Trot Spruill (as Luke Eberl)
Sean Harrison Jones ... Bo Spruill (as Sean Jones)
Richard Crowe Richard Crowe ... Mr. Latcher
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Storyline

A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in better conditions. However, with this particularly tough farming season, the boy learns that his challenges guide him in discovering who he really is. Written by Anonymous

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Desperate Times, hard truths, unexpected dangers. One extraordinary summer will change a young boy and his family...forever.

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Drama | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official CBS Page

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Grisham's A Painted House See more »

Filming Locations:

Clarkedale, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The church used for the Sunday church scene was donated by the film crew to a small church in Crittenden County, Arkansas. The church still stands and is being used every Sunday. A large sign in the yard depicts it as the church used in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When the soda fountain worker give the customer a fountain drink, the seltzer from the spigot comes out brown. Seltzer is clear. All fountain drinks, including Coca Cola, required a squirt of flavored syrup then the cup was held under the fountain spigot. The clerk would push the handle back for a pressurized squirt to mix the clear seltzer and syrup then would pull the handle forward to fill the glass. See more »

Quotes

Tally Spruill: [after taking a bath in the lake] You saw me, didn't you Luke?
Luke Chandler: Yes
Tally Spruill: That's Ok, I'm not mad.
Luke Chandler: You're Not?
Tally Spruill: No.
Luke Chandler: I guess it's only natural, you know... for boys to look at girls
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Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Maybe sometimes, we forget
24 February 2006 | by newmansSee all my reviews

Maybe sometimes, we forget, with our plush life and current definition of "poverty", what things were like for rural "working poor" even as recently as the 50's. Survival, even for a man who owned the land, took a different strength of character. Is it good, or is it regretful those times have passed? More money yes, but were better times up North in the auto plants? I suppose, but this is nostalgia, and not bad either.

It was a good family movie, narrated like the Waltons, I kept waiting for "goodnight Luke-boy". Yah, Little House on the Prairie too, a bit more reality, but did other commenters really expect this to be as complete as the book, any book? Personally, I'm tired of hearing book-readers whine about "what they left out". Don't watch movies if you read the book.

This is certainly wandering reminiscences, but that's another type of literature too, isn't it? Why does every story have to be going somewhere special? To me it's a pretty good coming of age movie and worth the hour and a half at least, and always a pleasure watching Scott Glenn, when he gets good parts.


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