Hearts in Atlantis

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Released 2001

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Director:
Scott Hicks
Released:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
Hearts in Atlantis is a nostalgic feel good peek into a boy's coming of age in the 1950s tinged with a hint of something supernatural. Based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King, the story starts as the elder Bobby Garfield (David Morse, The Green Mile, The Rock, Contact) receives an odd package in the mail: a baseball glove that belonged to one of his most cherished childhood friends ' along with the news that the glove is now his because his friend has just passed away. Garfield then travels to his boyhood town, where he reminisces about a strange incident in his past, where he encountered and eccentric and wonderful stranger named Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins, Silence of the Lambs), in one of his most charismatic roles. The two strike up a quick rapport, as Ted employs Bobby to be on the lookout for some sinister men who appear to be on his trail, and in exchange Bobby gets a glimpse into a strange supernatural world as he discovers Ted may possess more unique abilities than he lets on.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Assisted by a well-crafted script by the veteran William Goldman and a masterful performance by Anthony Hopkins, Hicks has turned two King short stories into a somber meditation on...

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The few who saw the embalmed adaptation of "Snow Falling on Cedars" will recognize the same stifling approach brought to this more accessible material by director Scott Hicks.

  • 0

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Mush, delivered with a trembling, quasi-biblical solemnity, is what emanates from Anthony Hopkins most of the time in Hearts in Atlantis, a nostalgic fiasco so shameless it makes m...

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