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Neon Bible
     

The Neon Bible

Director: Terence Davies, Gena Rowlands, Jacob Tierney, Diana Scarwid

Cast: Terence Davies, Gena Rowlands, Jacob Tierney, Diana Scarwid

 

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A young boy comes of age in rural Georgia during the 1940s in Terence Davies' challenging, visually powerful drama. Acclaimed for his nostalgic, beautifully photographed reflections on England's past (The Long Day Closes, Distant Voices, Still Lives), Davies looks beyond his home country to America with this adaptation of a novel by John Kennedy Toole,

Overview

A young boy comes of age in rural Georgia during the 1940s in Terence Davies' challenging, visually powerful drama. Acclaimed for his nostalgic, beautifully photographed reflections on England's past (The Long Day Closes, Distant Voices, Still Lives), Davies looks beyond his home country to America with this adaptation of a novel by John Kennedy Toole, author of A Confederacy of Dunces. The film is told through the eyes of David (Jacob Tierney), a teenage boy struggling to deal with life in a troubled family. He reflects on his youthful experiences of his father (Denis Leary), an abusive, impoverished worker who disappeared during World War II after enlisting in the army. David is left to care for his increasingly unstable mother (Diana Scarwid) with the help of his Aunt Mae (Gena Rowlands), a lively big band singer. With David's recollections making up the loose plot, The Neon Bible stresses memorably intense images over narrative momentum, with cinematographer Michael Coulter creating sharp, painterly compositions. Some viewers will likely be frustrated by the slow pace and elliptical style, though others may be transfixed by the often stunning photography and poetic approach.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/1999
UPC:
0720917506821
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Time:
1:32:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gena Rowlands Aunt Mae
Jacob Tierney David at age 15
Diana Scarwid Sarah
Drake Bell Actor
Denis Leary Frank
Leo Burmeister Bobbie Lee Taylor
Frances Conroy Miss Scover
Peter McRobbie Rev. Watkins
Bob Hannah George
Tom Turbiville Clyde
Virgil Graham Hopkins Mr. Williams
Charles Franzen Tannoy
Stephanie Astalos Jones Testifier
Jill Jane Clements Woman

Technical Credits
Terence Davies Director,Screenwriter
Michael Coulter Cinematographer
Cas Donovan Asst. Director
Christopher Hobbs Production Designer
Monica Howe Costumes/Costume Designer
Elizabeth Karlsen Producer
Robert Lockhart Songwriter
Philip Messina Art Director
Nik Powell Executive Producer
Charles Rees Editor
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Olivia Stewart Producer
Thomas G. Varga Musical Direction/Supervision
Renee Victor Choreography
Stephen Woolley Executive Producer

Scene Index

Scene Access
0. Scene Access
1. Aunt Mae [10:58]
2. David Grows Up [10:24]
3. Salvation [9:28]
4. War Time [12:38]
5. Dixie [10:53]
6. David's Love [9:32]
7. Opportunity [8:49]
8. Sorrow [15:08]

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