Cross Creek

Overview

Director Martin Ritt's bucolic rural environments of Norma Rae, Conrack, and Sounder, are re-visited once again in Cross Creek, based on author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' memoirs of her times on a remote Florida bayou. Mary Steenburgen plays Rawlings, author of The Yearling, who, in 1928, makes the abrupt decision to leave her husband and move to an isolated orange grove to concentrate on her writing. Rawlings buys a run-down house covered with cobwebs that she restores with quick dispatch. In these desolate ...
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Overview

Director Martin Ritt's bucolic rural environments of Norma Rae, Conrack, and Sounder, are re-visited once again in Cross Creek, based on author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' memoirs of her times on a remote Florida bayou. Mary Steenburgen plays Rawlings, author of The Yearling, who, in 1928, makes the abrupt decision to leave her husband and move to an isolated orange grove to concentrate on her writing. Rawlings buys a run-down house covered with cobwebs that she restores with quick dispatch. In these desolate surroundings, Rawlings pauses in her housecleaning to listen reflectively to the otherworldly noises of the swamp. But suddenly out of this loneliness, people emerge. There is Geechee Alfre Woodard, Rawlings' devoted servant; Marsh Turner Rip Torn, a liquor-guzzling swamp rat; Floyd Turner Cary Guffey, a cute harmonica-playing boy; and Ellie Turner Dana Hill, a little girl whose fawn becomes the basis of Rawlings' Yearling book. Rawlings becomes involved with Norton Baskin Peter Coyote, the owner of the local hotel, and, as she settles into life on the bayou and her friendship with Norton and Geechee, she is inspired to begin writing.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "Cross Creek: A Look Back With Mary Steenburgen" featurette; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • UPC: 012236101833
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,110

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
Keith Michell Preston Turner
C.T. Wakefield Sheriff
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
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cross Creek
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. Reconciuliation [6:33]
26. End Credits [1:47]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Cross Creek
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Trailer
      Cross Creek: A Look Back With Mary Steenburgen (17 Mins.)
   Play
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