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Good Baby
     

A Good Baby

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Director: Katherine Dieckmann, Henry Thomas, David Strathairn, Cara Seymour

Cast: Katherine Dieckmann, Henry Thomas, David Strathairn, Cara Seymour

 
A small town's secrets prove deeper and more mysterious than they initially seemed in A Good Baby. Toker (played by Henry Thomas) is a young man living in a small North Carolina community, where he prefers to keep to himself. One day, while taking a walk in the woods, Toker finds a baby, and ventures into town to find out to whom it belongs. However, no one

Overview

A small town's secrets prove deeper and more mysterious than they initially seemed in A Good Baby. Toker (played by Henry Thomas) is a young man living in a small North Carolina community, where he prefers to keep to himself. One day, while taking a walk in the woods, Toker finds a baby, and ventures into town to find out to whom it belongs. However, no one seems to know who the child's parents are, and no one will claim it as their own. Toker soon draws the attention of an attractive woman named Roby (Cara Seymour), who is interested in him, but will have nothing to do with the baby. Toker, however, has grown to love the child and does not want to turn it away. The arrival of a mysterious salesman (David Strathairn) eventually leads to the discovery of the child's true parentage. The directorial debut for Katherine Dieckmann, A Good Baby was screened at the 1999 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
A Good Baby starts out with at least one strike against it -- that unfortunate title, which feels especially dopey when the movie initially plays like a "boy finds a lost dog" family movie. In fact, as Henry Thomas carries around an infant he finds in the North Carolina woods, asking one townsperson after another if they'll take her in, even viewers totally ignorant of missing persons protocol will be screaming "Haven't you ever heard of a little place called Child Protective Services?" That's not to say the title isn't accurate; as the baby in question cries only in the arms of the villain, her behavior is downright divine. A Good Baby develops at a pace that's somewhere between methodical and glacial, but once a viewer falls into step with its slower rhythms, there's unexpected darkness and grit to this story of backwoods sin and redemption. Such informal adoption procedures may really be part of this insular world, and its freedom from structure tends to give extra power to the sinister salesman who threatens to infiltrate it. Subtly and without fanfare, writer-director Katherine Dieckmann has created a believable community of small-scale lives, mostly through hints and sly details. The movie doesn't have quite enough oomph to be downright absorbing, but steadily walking in these characters' shoes eventually invests the viewer in their successes and failures. Thomas and David Strathairn are both fine and understated, their performances deepening the mood established by Dieckmann. Even better in that regard is David Mansfield's score, its mournful strains of Appalachian fiddle creating a sense of earthy sadness.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/05/2000
UPC:
0720917525624
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:30:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henry Thomas Toker
David Strathairn Truman
Cara Seymour Roby
Danny Nelson Hindmarch
Jayne Morgan Sarah
Allison Glenn Sister
Jerry Foster Trout
Jerry Rushing Wallace
Emilie Jacobs Lena
Rhoda Griffis Mother in Shack

Technical Credits
Katherine Dieckmann Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Tom Carouso Producer
Debbie De Villa Production Designer
Jim Denault Cinematographer
Lianne Halfon Producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
William Kozy Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Kulsziski Art Director
David Mansfield Score Composer
Kathryn Nixon Costumes/Costume Designer
Derrick Tseng Co-producer
John M. Tyson Asst. Director

Scene Index

Scene Access.
0. Scene Access.
1. Say "I do." [6:25]
2. Babe in the woods. [2:53]
3. Unwanted. [7:15]
4. Cruel world. [5:35]
5. God's breath. [5:04]
6. Search party. [7:46]
7. New home. [4:40]
8. Life of a salesman. [4:26]
9. Mama! [6:02]
10. Expecting company. [7:55]
11. Wanted. [7:29]
12. Help! [2:39]
13. Talking with Josephine. [4:23]
14. Ashes to ashes. [5:12]
15. Where's the baby. [3:31]
16. Bye, Ramond. [8:12]

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A Good Baby 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this movie. But I was also lucky enough to get to see it in production. As one of the medics on the set I got to know all of the production staff and it made me really appreciate the movie even more. When i got to see it on the screen. As a individual that lives not thirty minutes from where it was filmed I like seeing the beautiful scenery that was such a wonderful back drop for this story.