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Winter's Tale

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Director: Akiva Goldsman, Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, William Hurt

Cast: Akiva Goldsman, Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, William Hurt


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Colin Farrell headlines this romantic drama adapted from the novel by Mark Helprin, centering on the relationship between a thief and a dying woman. Producer-screenwriter Akiva Goldsman makes his feature directorial debut with this Warner Bros. production also starring Russell


Colin Farrell headlines this romantic drama adapted from the novel by Mark Helprin, centering on the relationship between a thief and a dying woman. Producer-screenwriter Akiva Goldsman makes his feature directorial debut with this Warner Bros. production also starring Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, and Eva Marie Saint.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) apparently asked every actor who owed him a favor to appear in his directorial debut, an adaptation of Mark Helprin's fantasy romance novel Winter's Tale. Ironically, while he made something that looks like a classic Hollywood love story, it turns out that the movie's biggest problem is its screenplay. The story begins in New York City in 1895: A young mother and father are rejected from entering America for health reasons, but they manage to sneak their baby into the promised land. He grows up to become talented thief Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), who is being chased by the fiendish, powerful, and extravagantly scarred Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe) and his goons when he encounters a magical white horse that literally flies him away to safety. The horse leads Peter to his next robbery target: an expensive home inhabited by the wealthy Isaac Penn (William Hurt) and his beautiful daughter Beverly (Jessica Brown Findlay), who suffers from consumption and has, at best, a couple of years to live. Everyone but Beverly is gone, and when Peter happens upon her, she's so excited to have a guest that she offers the thief a cup of tea. While sipping and chatting, they fall completely and totally in love with each other. It turns out that Soames isn't your typical bad guy; he's a demon who crushes happiness and hope wherever he can find them, and soon makes it his absolute goal to keep this magical couple apart. However, after he apparently succeeds in this mission, Peter lands in modern-day New York with a profound case of amnesia. He befriends single mother Virginia (Jennifer Connelly), who helps him piece together his past and discover his true destiny. Goldsman plays it very safe for his first time in the director's chair. He's crafted a very stately, handsome production -- you can imagine it playing regularly on Turner Classic Movies. Gifted cinematographer Caleb Deschanel gets across the film's cold palette without making it seem visually dull, and all the talk about stars and light gives him a chance to play with lens flares with such expressiveness that J.J. Abrams must be seething with jealousy. The movie is deliberately paced so you can take in the intricate costumes and production design, as well as understand that Goldsman is going for an intimate epic. If that was his intention, casting Colin Farrell was a smart move. He's an actor who has retained his youthful charm, yet has grown into his very Irish looks in a way that suggests that melancholy is never far from the surface. He very much embodies the old-fashioned hero Goldsman wants, and he's well matched by Findlay, who reminds us of Beverly's physical fragility while her eyes telegraph the strength of her soul. Although the movie more or less works for its first two acts, the modern-day section manages to bleed all of the charm out of the delicate tone Goldsman exerted so much effort to create, in large part because there are no surprises and no moments of happiness. It becomes a slow-paced march to resolve the plot, and Connelly's pretty but inexpressive face is a big step down from Findlay's engrossing eyes. It's a credit to Goldsman's abilities as a director and producer that he surrounded himself with so much talent, but his movie never sweeps us away like a story about love transcending time and mortality should. Tastefulness has its place, but it's no substitute for passion.

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Special Features

Winter's Tale: A Timeless Love - ; journey with the all-star cast as they bring this story of romance and destiny from book to screen.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colin Farrell Peter Lake
Jessica Brown Findlay Beverly Penn
William Hurt Isaac Penn
Russell Crowe Pearly Soames
Jennifer Connelly Virginia Gamely
Ripley Sobo Abby
Mckayla Twiggs Young Willa
Eva Marie Saint Adult Willa
Matt Bomer Young Man
Lucy Griffiths Young Woman
Michael Crane Ellis Isle Doctor
Brian Hutchison Ellis Isle Official
Kevin Corrigan Romeo Tan
Alan Doyle Dingy Worthington
Jonathan Walker Optometrist
David O'Brien Hart Penn House Butler
Maurice Jones Cecil Mature
Matthew Staley Oyster Boy
Scott Grimes Carriage Driver
Graham Greene Humpstone John
Brenda Wehle Governess
Tom Morrissey Butler
Will Smith Judge
Finn Wittrock Gabriel
Joshua Henry Gravesman
Maggie Geha Girl in Bed
Caitlin Dulany Librarian
Norm Lewis Custodian
Kevin Durand Cesar Tan
Harriett D. Foy Receptionist
Rob Campbell Gwathmi
Scotty Dillin Grand Central Short Tail
William M. Connor Ballroom Dancer

Technical Credits
Akiva Goldsman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Barosky Sound Mixer
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Francesca Buccellato Makeup
Judy Chin Makeup
William M. Connor Asst. Director,Co-producer
Caleb Deschanel Cinematographer
Kris Fenske Sound/Sound Designer
Kerry Foster Executive Producer
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Lora Kennedy Casting
Craig Lindberg Makeup
Marc E. Platt Producer
David Presto Makeup Special Effects
Ray Quinlan Production Manager
Peter Rogness Art Director
Rupert Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Naomi Shohan Production Designer
Tim Squyres Editor
Michael Tadross Producer
Cindy Tolan Casting
Wayne Wahrman Editor
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Winter's Tale
1. Chapter 1 [5:44]
2. Chapter 2 [5:00]
3. Chapter 3 [9:23]
4. Chapter 4 [10:30]
5. Chapter 5 [9:32]
6. Chapter 6 [12:22]
7. Chapter 7 [7:39]
8. Chapter 8 [5:10]
9. Chapter 9 [3:58]
10. Chapter 10 [11:16]
11. Chapter 11 [10:10]
12. Chapter 12 [8:58]
13. Chapter 13 [10:30]
14. Chapter 14 [:13]
15. Chapter 15 [7:26]


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Winter's Tale 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Maili_Jane More than 1 year ago
This is a very sweet movie that totally defied my expectations. It takes a little while to really get going and there were a few things that could have been done better, but the acting is superb, the characters are lovable, the script is excellently written and the casting is perfect. Russell Crowe makes an excellent bad guy, Colin Firth makes a sweet hero, Jennifer Connelly is amazing and Will Smith makes his small part really, really awesome (seriously, best Will Smith movie I've seen in a while). The time-skips in the beginning should have been a bit better marked, the whole fangs thing with Will wasn't necessary, it wasn't bad, just not needed, and there is an opportunity in the 2014 time skip that is just totally missed. Overall, this is a really good movie that takes a little while to figure out what's going on but really picks up and totally defied what I thought it was going to be. I whole heartedly enjoyed this movie.
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Louisie More than 1 year ago
An odd story, but a beautiful and romantic love story.  Lovely romantic interlude between the two main characters.  Hello Hollywood, why can't you make more love stories with such happiness?