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  • Posted June 7, 2014

    A sleeper that no one knows about ....even the biggest movie buf

    A sleeper that no one knows about ....even the biggest movie buffs...our family's very favorite for all time...worth every dollar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2001

    Stories the way they were meant to be.

    Most of the movie takes place in the backyard of a home. There are no fast-action sequences, no love scenes, and special effects are essentially absent. Instead, what grips the viewer to the screen is the quality of the story and the talents of the actors that bring it to life. It's that simple. I'd give it 10 stars if they let me.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2001

    Death, be not proud.....

    Well, first of all, thanks to Hal Erickson from the All Movie Guide for blowing the whole movie for anyone who's not seen it yet--sheesh! Anyway, for an early effort--and from the glory days of Hollywood when overacting wasn't really noticed or criticized--this is a fine gem of a movie that I stumbled upon several years ago that left me in awe with its gentle spirit, its childlike innocence as played through Pud (what a name!) and his relationship with Old Gramps, and most importantly, its almost avant-garde, almost New Age approach to the event that eventually befalls us all. Kind of a variation on ''Death Takes a Holiday,'' ''On Borrowed Time'' gently pulls you into its story, endearing you to its characters (even Pud, with his occasionally-annoying WHINING), and telling you, in a gentle but unmistakable tone of voice, that Death, my friends, is nothing to be feared. This movie was instrumental in changing my outlook on that oft-dreaded subject, and I wonder to this day how it could have seemingly been so overlooked by the movie community. It is a true classic, unabashedly sentimental, and ultimately heartwarming. Lionel Barrymore, who would in later years play a despicable louse of a character named Mr. Potter, plays an intelligent, sensitive and yet outspoken loveable old man...Sir Cedric Hardwicke, better known to millions as Seti in the 1956 version of ''The 10 Commandments,'' absolutely glitters in his understated, sardonic and subtly charming portrayal of Death...and in the background, among other unforgettable and well-played characters, is the dear Beulah Bondi, one of Hollywood's true greats...her scene with Hardwicke, as she listens to ''Beautiful Dreamer'' on the radio, is enough to bring tears to the eyes of anyone with a heart. Truly one of the most unforgettable scenes in the entire film. I cannot recommend this movie highly enough...not only is it warmly produced, well-acted for the most part, and the story told in an understatedly touching manner, it can also serve as a vehicle of comfort for those of us who have recently lost loved ones, and/or those of us who harbor an unnatural fear of death. I would gladly give this movie, along with the book EMBRACED BY THE LIGHT by Betty Eaddie, to anyone who fits the above descriptions. See this movie at all costs, keep your heart and mind open, and just see if you don't agree with me.

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