The Hawk Is Dying

Overview

A man channels his feelings through an obsession with wild birds in this independent drama based on a novel by Harry Crews. Fortysomething George Gattling Paul Giamatti is an emotionally stunted man who makes his living doing auto upholstery and lives with his sister, Precious Rusty Schwimmer, and her autistic son, Fred Michael Pitt. Though George has an on-and-off relationship with Betty Michelle Williams, a constantly stoned young woman just edging out of her teens, one of the few ways in which his deeper ...
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Overview

A man channels his feelings through an obsession with wild birds in this independent drama based on a novel by Harry Crews. Fortysomething George Gattling Paul Giamatti is an emotionally stunted man who makes his living doing auto upholstery and lives with his sister, Precious Rusty Schwimmer, and her autistic son, Fred Michael Pitt. Though George has an on-and-off relationship with Betty Michelle Williams, a constantly stoned young woman just edging out of her teens, one of the few ways in which his deeper feelings come to the surface is his interest in falcons. George loves to capture and train the birds, even if he isn't especially good at it and has lost nearly all the falcons he's tried to keep. When Fred dies in a drowning accident, his family is devastated, but George is incapable of expressing his grief. One day, George finds a striking red-tailed hawk, and he immediately becomes obsessed with the bird. As George struggles to keep the magnificent hawk in captivity and keep it safe while training it to obey his commands, he's finally able to connect with the sense of loss that has haunted him since Fred's passing. The Hawk Is Dying received its premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

"The Art of Harry Crews," an Interview With Writer, Harry Crews, Excerpt From "The Rough South of Harry Crews," Scenes From "On the Set of 'The Hawk is Dying'," Commentary Track With Director Julian Goldberger and Actor Paul Giamatti, Deleted Scenes, Production Stills Photo Montage, Cast and Crew Photo Montage, Original Theatrical Campaign, Original Theatrical Trailer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2007
  • UPC: 712267270422
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Strand Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Colorized
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 82,112

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Giamatti George Gattling
Michelle Williams Betty
Michael Pitt Fred
Rusty Schwimmer Precious
Robert Wisdom
Ann Wedgeworth
Technical Credits
Julian Goldberger Director, Screenwriter
Judy Becker Production Designer
Bobby Bukowski Cinematographer
Harold Crews Screenwriter
Corbin Day Executive Producer
Jonathan Goldberger Score Composer
Affonso Goncalves Editor
Ted Hope Executive Producer
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte Executive Producer, Producer
April Napier Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Jane Skalski Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Hawk is Dying
1. Opening [10:07]
2. The Red-Tailed [7:01]
3. Feather & Bone [9:25]
4. Right to Train [10:12]
5. Freak Accident [8:35]
6. Stupid Owls [8:37]
7. Soft Rock [7:17]
8. What is the Hawk? [6:49]
9. Battle of Wills [12:03]
10. Aqua Man [13:24]
11. Succumbed [7:35]
12. Credits [4:54]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Hawk is Dying
   Play Feature
   Chapters
   Bonus Features
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Original Theatrical Campaign
      The Art of Harry Crews: An Interview With Writer, Harry Crews
      Excerpt From the "The Rough South of Harry Crews"
      Scenes From "On the Set of Hawk is Dying"
      Commentary Track With Director Julian Goldberger and Actor Paul Giamatti
      Deleted Scenes
      Production Stills Photo Montage
      Cast and Crew Photo Montage
   Other Strand Titles
      Puccini For Beginners
      Mysterious Skin
      Poison Friends
      Grbavica
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