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Director: Lajos Koltai

Cast: Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Vanessa Redgrave


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As Constance (Natasha Richardson) and Nina (Toni Collette) gather at the deathbed of their mother, Ann (Vanessa Redgrave), they learn for the first time that their mother lived an entire other lifetime during one evening 50 years ago, one she kept secret all their


As Constance (Natasha Richardson) and Nina (Toni Collette) gather at the deathbed of their mother, Ann (Vanessa Redgrave), they learn for the first time that their mother lived an entire other lifetime during one evening 50 years ago, one she kept secret all their lives. In vivid flashbacks, the young Ann (played by Claire Daines) spends one night with a man named Harris (Patrick Wilson), whom she'd remember so many years later as the love of her life. As her daughters try to face the loss of their mother and the struggle to be happy in their own lives, they piece together an idea of love, happiness, and the woman they called their mother.

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Female viewers over 40 have become an underserved demographic, but Hollywood throws them a bone with Evening, the type of unapologetic weepie that used to get made regularly, but hasn't materialized as much since the 1990s. The genre clearly hasn't lost its credibility with actresses, as a talented selection of them turn up here -- Vanessa Redgrave, Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Toni Collette, and Claire Danes, to name just a few. Acclaimed cinematographer Lajos Koltai, a second-time director after shooting some 50 films, seems to know what performances he wants, and for the most part gets them. (As may be no surprise from someone with his eye, the Newport setting also looks gorgeous.) The problem with Evening, then, is the "so what?" factor, which tends to undercut numerous films that romanticize love stories from decades in the past. Even with a sprinkling of real tragedy, this particular wedding-weekend romance just doesn't seem epic enough that its details would resurface to Ann (played by Danes and Redgrave) on her death bed. The idea of "the one that got away" has a definite tragic romanticism for genre fans, but it also raises the bar, requiring the filmmakers to demonstrate why the dashing Harris (Patrick Wilson) had more substance than a weekend fling. For fans of Susan Minot's book, his character was also changed from an opportunistic womanizer to a blandly sympathetic gentleman, diminishing the "dangerous allure" he needs to project. Completing the structural similarity to films like How to Make an American Quilt, the younger generation also has its set of complementary issues to work through. But Collette and Natasha Richardson (Redgrave's actual daughter) get short-changed on their half of this equation, as the ways Ann became a not-so-great mother to them are neither detailed nor interesting -- another change from Minot's novel.

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Release Date:
Original Release:
Universal Studios
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claire Danes Ann Grant
Toni Collette Nina Mars
Vanessa Redgrave Ann Lord
Patrick Wilson Harris Arden
Hugh Dancy Buddy Wittenborn
Natasha Richardson Constance Haverford
Mamie Gummer Lila Wittenborn
Eileen Atkins The Night Nurse
Meryl Streep Lila Ross
Glenn Close Mrs. Wittenborn
Ebon Moss-Bachrach Luc
Barry Bostwick Mr. Wittenborn

Technical Credits
Lajos Koltai Director
Kerry Barden Casting
Luke Parker Bowles Co-producer
Linda Cohen Musical Direction/Supervision
Suzanne Crowley Casting
Michael Cunningham Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Jill Footlick Executive Producer
Caroline Hanania Production Designer
Michael Hogan Executive Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Jordan Jacobs Art Director
Allyson C. Johnson Editor
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Score Composer
Robert Kessel Executive Producer
Michelle Matland Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan Minot Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Gyula Pados Cinematographer
Chris Michael Peterson Choreography
Tom Reilly Asst. Director
Thomas A. Reilly Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Michael Hogan Robert Executive Producer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Sharp Producer
Claire Taylor Co-producer
Bill Trautvetter Camera Operator
Tom Williams Sound/Sound Designer
Nina Wolarsky Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Evening
1. Where's Harris? (Main Titles) [4:41]
2. Last Hope [6:27]
3. Part of the Fun [5:42]
4. Time to Dance [4:54]
5. The Hero [4:54]
6. Last Minute Jitters [5:48]
7. Under the Stars [3:48]
8. My Wedding Day [6:57]
9. Regret [7:17]
10. Unfulfilled [7:23]
11. Here Comes the Bride [6:50]
12. It's All About Love [5:32]
13. The Note [:00]
14. Be a Man [5:12]
15. What a Night [4:19]
16. Funny Feeling [5:38]
17. Expecting Too Much [5:47]
18. What Could Have Been [6:44]
19. No Such Thing as a Mistake [7:02]
20. End Titles [6:58]


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Evening 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Criticism of the film EVENING, based on the novel by Susan Minot and adapted for the screen by Minot and Michael Cunningham, has been harsh, so harsh that it may have discouraged many viewers from giving the film a try. The primary criticism has centered on the fact that very little happens in this film about a dying woman's fretting over a mistake she made one summer in her youth, that famous actors were given very minor roles, that the entire production was over-hyped, etc. For this viewer, seeing the film on a DVD in the quiet of the home, a very different reaction occurred. Ann Grant Lord (Vanessa Redgrave) is dying in her home by the ocean and her medication and memories allow her to share a man's name - 'Harris' - with her two grown daughters Nina (Toni Colette) and Constance (Natasha Richardson). As her daughters sit at her bedside Ann relives a particular summer when she was a bridesmaid for her best friend Lila (Mamie Gummer) - a marriage both Ann (Claire Danes as the youthful Ann) and Lila's alcoholic brother Buddy (Hugh Dancy) objected to, feeling that Lila was simply marrying a man of her class instead of the boy she had loved - Harris Arden (Patrick Wilson), her housekeeper's son who had become a physician. Harris, Buddy, Lila, and Ann are woven together in a series of infatuations and romances that have been kept secret until now, 50 years later, as Ann is dying. The older Lila (Meryl Streep) visits Ann at the end and the secrets are revealed: 'there are no such things as mistakes - life just goes on.' The film is a delicate mood piece and the script by Minot and Cunningham is rich in atmosphere and subtle life lessons. Yes, there are gaps in the story that could have used more explanation, but in order to maintain the aura of nostalgia of a dying lady's words, such 'holes' are understandable. The film is graced by the presence of not only Redgrave, Richardson (Redgrave's true daughter), Collette, Gummer (Streep's true daughter), Meryl Streep, Claire Danes, Eileen Atkins, Glenn Close, Hugh Dancy and Patrick Wilson, but also with an ensemble cast of brief but very solid performances. The setting is gorgeous (cinematography by Gyula Pados) and the musical score is by the inimitable Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. Lajos Koltai ("Being Julia') directs. Judge this film on your own.... Grady Harp
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Socal_Betty More than 1 year ago
I found myself watching this in the quite of an early morning and was amazed at the spectacular performances of the actors. The story revolves around Vanessa Redgrave's character as she is on her deathbed remembering about the one summer in which she found the man that she whispers about and the man that she lost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this movie depressing and did not enjoy it. The acting was good, just not my kind of movie.
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