Spring Forward

Overview

Playwright and character actor Tom Gilroy made his feature directorial debut with this dialogue-driven character study set against the backdrop of the changing seasons. Liev Schreiber plays Paul, a short-fused ex-con who finds unlikely comfort, stability, and camaraderie when he takes an odd job in park maintenance. On his first day, he's teamed with Murph Ned Beatty, a groundskeeping veteran who manages to defuse an outburst between Paul and their snide supervisor Campbell Scott. Paul sticks with the job, and, ...
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Overview

Playwright and character actor Tom Gilroy made his feature directorial debut with this dialogue-driven character study set against the backdrop of the changing seasons. Liev Schreiber plays Paul, a short-fused ex-con who finds unlikely comfort, stability, and camaraderie when he takes an odd job in park maintenance. On his first day, he's teamed with Murph Ned Beatty, a groundskeeping veteran who manages to defuse an outburst between Paul and their snide supervisor Campbell Scott. Paul sticks with the job, and, as the months pass, he and Murph work their way through events both mundane and monumental, all the while sharing their hopes, regrets, and ambitions. Shot in sequence over a one-year period, Spring Forward received a third-place mention for best first feature at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Neatly sidestepping the usual indie ineptitude, writer/director Tom Gilroy's intimate, static character study is the kind of film that uses its low budget to an advantage, mining emotions that a larger, more complicated shoot might have obscured. Spring Forward's set-up is resolutely uncommercial: two men, from different generations, talking about their lives over the course of the four seasons. Gilroy is a character actor, and as such, this is resolutely an actor's picture. But unlike other actors-turned-directors, Gilroy never allows his cast to grandstand, and the film is free of the sort of interminable, "improvisational" long takes and stage-bound business that hobbles most performer-oriented pictures. Better yet, the real-time setting of the picture allows leads Ned Beatty and, in particular, Liev Schreiber to make palpable emotional growth over the course of the film; it's that rare instance where a filmmaking method actually benefits an actor's method.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • UPC: 883904128502
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,795

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ned Beatty Murph
Liev Schreiber Paul
Campbell Scott Fredrickson
Ian Hart Fran
Peri Gilpin Georgia
Bill Raymond Regan, Don
Catherine Kellner Dawn
Hallee Hirsh Hope
Technical Credits
Tom Gilroy Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Susan Block Production Designer
Kevin Chinoy Associate Producer
Bonnie Finnegan Casting
Gill Holland Producer
Caroline Kaplan Executive Producer
James Lyons Editor
Jim McKay Producer
Paul S. Mezey Producer
Liev Schreiber Associate Producer
Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer
Lucio Seixas Art Director
Michael Stipe Executive Producer
Catherine Marie Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
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