Cross Creek

Cross Creek

DVD - 2004
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In 1929, frustrated reporter Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings leaves her husband and career and moves to an isolated orange grove in the Florida bayou to concentrate on writing fiction. But here in this strange and untamed land, Marjorie will find her life changed forever by a devoted servant who becomes her friend, a local businessman who becomes her lover and the backwoods father and his young daughter who become her greatest inspiration.
Publisher: Troy, MI : Anchor Bay Entertainment, c2004.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.


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Oct 12, 2017

An outstanding movie filmed in 1983 in Florida based on the true story of Marjorie Rawlings who wrote the sensitive novel, The Yearling. Award winning actors and the entire cast made this movie a classic and a joy to watch. Adults as well as families will enjoy this movie for years to come.

May 26, 2017

I enjoyed this movie and I thought Mary Steenburger did a great job with acting as Ms. Rawlings. It is a bit slow at times since she was holed up in "nowhere" to work on her writings. However, I felt like the characters were genuine and realistic. It was interesting to learn more about Author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and how she came to publishing her famous classic book, "The Yearling".

May 08, 2017

The negative comments here about Steenburgen are slightly risible. She isn't terrible, and she isn't heavily directed. Martin Ritt never heavily directed anybody. This is actually one of her bravest performances. It takes courage to fully inhabit a writer's personality. Writers are generous in their work, not in their relationships with the people around them. Viewed in that context, Steenburgen's reticient, held-in quality as the novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings makes perfect sense. This is what serious artists are like. And the movie understands this, even if the audience doesn't. There's a scene where Alfre Woodard, frustrated by the writer's lack of demonstrativeness, challenges her to be more expressive in everyday life. Cross Creek is for mature audiences -- not because anything naughty happens, but because one must have at least a few adult insights to know what you're seeing. Nice performance here also by the late Dana Hill, a gifted actress who left this world much too soon.

Aug 15, 2014

This is the first time I've seen Mary Steenburger play a major role in a movie. I found her character very unlikeable -- I asked myself why as I do appreciate a forceful and independent woman. I think the thing is: I felt like Mary was heavily directed and uncomfortable with this role, she is not attractive enough and charismatic enough to pull off her 50% grumpy rudeness which felt odd coming from someone so young and entitled. The male actors fared much better flowing along with their roles. There are scenes of human brutality to animals and I didn't find it personally funny that she killed a pig and took great satisfaction in it.

Jul 27, 2011

Something any movie-goer will have seen a thousand times is different variations. Steenburgen is absolutely terrible, and only Woodard manages to break free of the limitations set by the script. Hard to truly love.

Apr 14, 2010

Poignant and heartwarming. Well acted. Rip Torn at his best. A memorable film.

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