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The Book of Ruth (2004)

The tensions that arise when a newlywed has her new husband move into the home of her oppressive mother.

Director:

Bill Eagles

Writers:

Jane Hamilton (novel), Suzette Couture (teleplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Christine Lahti ... Maylene
Nicholle Tom ... Ruth
Evan Jones ... Ruby
Teryl Rothery ... Aunt Syd
Christine Willes ... DeeDee
Stephen E. Miller ... Arty
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Armour Norman Armour ... Det. Shepard
Tom Bulmer ... Mr. Davidson
Mikal Grant Mikal Grant ... Bill
Britt Irvin ... Daisy
Andrew Jackson ... Elton
Susan Knight Susan Knight ... Stand-in for Christine Lahti
Bill Meilen Bill Meilen ... Mr. Kate
Bruce Pinard ... Det. Ryan
Colleen Rennison ... Lou
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Academically brilliant Mark was his family's pride and joy, if not the whole small town's, but ultimately triumphantly leaves for MIT. Then his single mother Maylene, who never got over losing their father Willard, has to transfer her attention to gray mouse Ruth. half-wit local 'bad boy' Ruben 'Ruby Doll' becomes Ruth's lover and moves in, but domineering Maylene treats him like unwelcome trash. That changes when the love birds are pregnant, but Maylene soon imposes her standards for raising grandson Justy, leading to a grim climax. Written by KGF Vissers

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While Maylene, was calling the police, Ruby knocked the phone from her hands, and minutes later, the phone appeared while he was choking her. See more »

Quotes

Policeman: [siren wails in the background and men speak as the camera is trained on a beaten, traumatized Ruth] Who called it in?
Policeman 2: A man across the way heard screams; said it wasn't the first time.
Policeman: I need to see him. So, what do we got?
Policeman 2: A dead body and a mute.
[walks over to Ruth]
Policeman 2: Talk to me, Ruth. Those bruises are pretty bad. How'd you get those bruises, Ruth? What happened, Ruth?
Ruth: [voiceover] I'm the only one that can tell the story from beginning to end. What it begins with is Maylene, my mother, and the ...
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Intelligent, but more negative than positive, thought out
3 May 2004 | by mgjbtigSee all my reviews

I just saw this movie last evening. I have the following problem with the ending. No effort was made at any time to stop the abuse toward the young man which I believe drove him further towards abuse than away from it. There appeared to be no intervention to help stop the drinking or the drugs, only criticism. There were only negative reactions to his actions from others, other than from his young wife. What bothered me is that the emphasis at the ending was towards the young wife remembering positively some of the actions of the mother towards her as she 1) owns the home, 2) gets to go live with her very wealthy aunt,3) gets to keep the baby. There is never any indication of how the young man will be treated, will he be visited, allowed to see his son, etc. I think men are not protrayed very well at all in this film, and I am not sure that women are either. That's the end of my comments.


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Language:

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Release Date:

19 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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