How to Make an American Quilt

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Overview

Starring Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, and Winona Ryder, How to Make an American Quilt comes to DVD from Universal Studios with a widescreen transfer. Audio is offered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in English, Spanish, and French, with Spanish subtitles and English closed captions available. Extra features include film highlights, talent bios, production notes, and web links.
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Overview

Starring Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, and Winona Ryder, How to Make an American Quilt comes to DVD from Universal Studios with a widescreen transfer. Audio is offered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in English, Spanish, and French, with Spanish subtitles and English closed captions available. Extra features include film highlights, talent bios, production notes, and web links.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
How to Make an American Quilt is a pleasing, sisters-through-the-generations tableau that, not surprisingly, weaves together stories like panels on the titular fabric. Perhaps too obvious in its metaphors and methods, the film executes them well enough to make it a fond celebration of womanhood. Although the variety of grand dames who take their place around the quilt (Maya Angelou, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft, Alfre Woodard) would seem to serve as mother figures to Winona Ryder's Finn Dodd, the experiences they recount assume more of a sisterly quality, getting at the universality of the female condition. That said, it's not an exercise in man hating either; there may be more male scoundrels, but both sexes share the blame in the tragic yet simplistic war stories related by the women. The overall outlook is sentimentally optimistic, and the heartland settings look gorgeous through the lens of Steven Spielberg's personal cinematographer, Janusz Kaminski, making for an agreeable if not overly memorable viewing experience. Australian director Jocelyn Moorhouse followed up this first Hollywood movie with another study of mistreated women in America's farm country, A Thousand Acres (1997), but missed the mark while trying to push a more radical agenda.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/1999
  • UPC: 025192001826
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,823

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Winona Ryder Finn Dodd
Anne Bancroft Glady Jo, Finn's great aunt
Ellen Burstyn Hy (Finn's grandmother)
Kate Nelligan Constance Saunders, Dean's mistress
Jean Simmons Em (artist's wife)
Alfre Woodard Marianna
Tim Guinee Young Dean
Kate Capshaw Sally, Finn's mother
Adam Baldwin Finn's Father
Dermot Mulroney Sam
Lois Smith Sophia
Rip Torn Arthur Cleary
Derrick O'Connor Dean
Johnathon Schaech Leon
Samantha Mathis Young Sophia Darling
Loren Dean Young Preston, Sophia's husband
Melinda Dillon Mrs. Darling, Sophia's mother
Brian McElroy Baby Pres
Ari Meyers Duff
Joanna Going Young Em
Jane Alden Em's Mother
David Williams Em's Father
Richard Jenkins Howell
Esther Rolle Aunt Pauline
Gail Strickland The Mrs
Debra Stricklin Guest
Charles Parks Guest
Jared Leto Beck
Maria Celedonio Young Anna
Claire Danes Young Glady Joe
Alicia Goranson Young Hy
Holland Taylor Mrs Rubens
Will Nipper Boy at Party
Mykelti Williamson Winston
James Rebhorn
Technical Credits
Jocelyn Moorhouse Director
Jane Anderson Screenwriter
Evelyne Barbier Set Decoration/Design
Martin Becker Special Effects
Jill Bilcock Editor
Lawrence Blanford Cinematographer
Leslie Dilley Asst. Director, Production Designer
Risa Bramon Garcia Casting
Janusz Kaminski Cinematographer
William J. Law III Set Decoration/Design
Josh Lusby Set Decoration/Design
Laurie MacDonald Executive Producer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Asst. Director
Ruth Myers Co-producer, Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Deborah Jelin Newmyer Executive Producer
Valli O'Reilly Makeup
Walter Parkes Executive Producer
Sarah Pillsbury Producer
Midge Sanford Producer
Timothy R. Sexton Musical Direction/Supervision
Mary Vernieu Casting
Ed Verreaux Art Director
Patricia Whitcher Co-producer
Russell Williams II Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles [:21]
2. The Quilting Bee [3:56]
3. Where Love Resides [2:29]
4. The Other Woman [2:57]
5. That Which Is Forbidden [:52]
6. This Terrible Severing [2:06]
7. The Wounded Heart [4:12]
8. Too Hot [1:05]
9. The Diver [4:51]
10. Where Rock Meets Water [3:54]
11. Sophia's Pond [4:15]
12. A Matter Of Space [3:20]
13. The Midnight Caller [2:17]
14. The Artist's Wife [4:12]
15. A Pattern Of Nature [2:09]
16. The Broken Rules [1:49]
17. Chickie's Garden [2:25]
18. Torn Between [2:40]
19. The Life Before [3:40]
20. Beck [1:35]
21. The Beginning Of The Bee [2:42]
22. Foolish Things [:37]
23. My Soulmate [6:44]
24. Mom [1:21]
25. Pages In The Wind [2:51]
26. Picking Up The Pieces [2:41]
27. Sewing The Shreds Together [3:34]
28. As The Crow Flies... [3:59]
29. You Have To Be Brave [2:46]
30. End Titles [4:10]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Bonus Materials
      Production Notes
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Winona Ryder as Finn
         Anne Bancraft as Gladys Joe
         Ellen Burstyn as Hy
         Kate Nelligan as Constance
         Alfre Woodard as Marianna
         Maya Angelou as Anna
         Kate Capshaw as Sally
         Loren Dean as Preston
         Samantha Mathis as Young Sophia
         Dermot Mulroney as Sam
         Derrick O'Connor as Dean
         Jean Simmons as Em
         Lois Smith as Sophia
         Rip Torn as Arthu
         Mykelti Williamson as Winston
         Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse
      Universal Web Links
   Language Selection
      Spoken Language
      Captions and Subtitles
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie to see again and again!

    Great cast! A group of women get together to make a wedding quilt. The film goes back in time to tell a story of each lady's past and how it can relate to the young woman they are making the quilt for and how to mend their own relationships in the process. A wonderful story of love and friendship.

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