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Ithaca (2015)

PG | | Drama, War | 9 September 2016 (USA)
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With his older brother off to war, fourteen-year-old telegram messenger Homer Macauley comes of age in the summer of 1942.

Director:

Meg Ryan

Writers:

Erik Jendresen (screenplay by), William Saroyan (based on the novel "The Human Comedy")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Neustaedter ... Homer Macauley
Meg Ryan ... Mrs. Macauley
Sam Shepard ... Willie Grogan
Hamish Linklater ... Tom Spangler
Jack Quaid ... Marcus Macauley
Tom Hanks ... Matthew Macauley
Spencer Howell ... Ulysses Macauley
Christine Nelson ... Bess Macauley
Gabriel Basso ... Tobey George
Lois Robbins ... Mrs. Beaufrere
Lucia Scarano ... Mrs. Sandoval
Molly Gordon ... Mary Arena
Scott Shepherd ... Mr. Corbett
James McCool James McCool ... Lionel
Ethan Wasson Ethan Wasson ... Auggie
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Storyline

Fourteen-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother, Ulysses. And so it is that as spring turns to summer, 1942, Homer Macauley delivers messages of love, hope, pain... and death... to the good people of Ithaca. And Homer Macauley will grapple with one message that will change him forever. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan's 1943 novel, The Human Comedy, ITHACA is a coming-of-age story about the exuberance of youth, the abruptness of change, the sweetness of life, the sting of death, and the sheer goodness that lives in each and every one of us. Written by Erik Jendresen

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Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, a war image, and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ithaca See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Quaid, who plays Meg Ryan's son Marcus Macaulay, is her son in real life, from when she was married to Dennis Quaid. See more »

Goofs

When they are in the cinema watching the newsreel, there's a shot of a man carrying a wounded solider across a river. The commentary states "when this country was extending a helping hand..."

The shot actually of an Australian soldier helping a wounded Australian in the Kokoda campaign in New Guinea. The film is footage from Kokoda Front Line, by Damian Parer, who was an Australian combat camera man. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Macauley: There will always be pain in this world, Homer. And a good man will seek to take the pain out of things.
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Version of The Human Comedy (1943) See more »

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A good movie that is worth seeing, but you spend the entire time waiting for one thing to happen and it ultimately distracts you
27 September 2016 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"I don't know what's ahead, but whatever it is I am humbly ready for it." Homer Macauley (Neustaedter) has just watched his brother go off to fight in WWII and wants to do anything he can to help. He decides the best way for him to help his family is to get a job. He decides to become a bicycle telegraph messenger, and sets out to be the best and fastest one anyone has ever seen. Soon after he begins he is given a message that changes everything, and his job becomes more important than he ever imagined. This is a movie that I am very torn about. On one hand the movie has tremendous heart and leaves you hoping the movie won't end the way you expect it to. The acting is great and this is a very good character study of how the war affected the relatives stateside. On the other hand, you have a prediction on how the movie will end and you are just waiting for it to come to fruition. The fact that you think this way distracts you from the movie and the emotion of every other aspect seems to be lost and glossed over. I didn't think the movie was that bad and it is worth seeing, but about a year ago a movie called Little Boy came out and that was far better than this one. Overall, a good movie that is worth seeing, but you spend the entire time waiting for one thing to happen and it ultimately distracts you from the rest of the movie. I give this a B-.


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