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Cross Creek
     

Cross Creek

Director: Martin Ritt, Mary Steenburgen, Rip Torn, Peter Coyote

Cast: Martin Ritt, Mary Steenburgen, Rip Torn, Peter Coyote

 

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Martin Ritt's adaptation of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's memoirs, Cross Creek, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a newly produced

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Martin Ritt's adaptation of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's memoirs, Cross Creek, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a newly produced featurette that contains Mary Steenburgen's recollections on the making of the film, and a theatrical trailer. This is a decent enough title from Anchor Bay that should please fans of the film.

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Cross Creek starts out like it might be some kind of melodramatic, sub-Hallmark Hall of Fame staging of The Great Gatsby. But as it gets its footing in the unstable terrain of the Florida swamps, it starts to approach more of an earthy Southern epic -- something similar in scope to the Elizabethan costume dramas the heroine (Mary Steenburgen) unsuccessfully tries to publish. The film is still underpinned by a certain naïveté and fancifulness, but for the right crowd, it's an effectively romantic look at a woman who finds herself amid a gothic setting and an unlikely smattering of reclusive neighbors. Steenburgen's performance is not always strong -- in fact, there are certain scenes where she behaves so differently than she did in the previous one, it almost feels like she's joking. But she's such a sweet and likeable central figure that the audience really feels her triumphs and failures. As the man seeking her attentions, Peter Coyote employs generous doses of his Kevin Costner-like charm, and Rip Torn, always an interesting performer, makes the most of a backwoods hick who achieves greater complexity than he'd have in lesser hands. Cross Creek is also worth seeing for one of the first cinematic appearances by the superlative Alfre Woodard, who finds herself in a similar role of propping up an underwritten character: that of Geechee, the cleaning woman who keeps Kinnan Rawlings in check. The performance earned her an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2002
UPC:
0013131144499
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; "Cross Creek: A Look Back With Mary Steenburgen": An all-new 17-minute featurette; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mary Steenburgen Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Rip Torn Marsh Turner
Peter Coyote Norton Baskin
Dana Hill Ellie Turner
Alfre Woodard Geechee
Joanna Miles Mrs. Turner
Ike Eisenmann Paul
Cary Guffey Floyd Turner
Toni Hudson Tim's Wife
Bo Rucker Leroy
Jay O. Sanders Charles Rawlings
John Hammond Tim
Malcolm McDowell Max Perkins
Tommy Alford Postal Clerk
C.T. Wakefield Sheriff
Keith Michell Preston Turner

Technical Credits
Martin Ritt Director
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Walter Scott Herndon Production Designer
Sid Levin Editor
Terry Nelson Producer
Robert B. Radnitz Producer
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer
Joe Tompkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Dalene Young Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:18]
2. Beginnings [3:54]
3. Car Trouble [4:23]
4. Cross Creek [5:04]
5. Geechee [5:19]
6. Invitation [3:24]
7. Means of Transportation [3:25]
8. Homespun Hospitality [4:28]
9. Marsh Turner [4:56]
10. A Taste of Moonshine [5:10]
11. New World [4:02]
12. Cousin Tim [4:21]
13. Natural Order [3:26]
14. Dinner With Norton [5:39]
15. The Storm [7:43]
16. "Quite a Temper" [6:50]
17. Harvest [4:17]
18. "I Think of You as a Friend" [4:02]
19. Birthday Party [7:05]
20. No Place for Softness [4:45]
21. Max Perkins [5:09]
22. Life Lessons [4:00]
23. Tragic End [3:40]
24. Empty Dreams [4:28]
25. Reconciliation [6:33]
26. End Credits [1:47]

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