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Cross Creek
Mary Steenburgen and Rip Torn




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Mary Steenburgen (MELVIN AND HOWARD) stars in this adaptation of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's classic novel about her experiences living in rural Florida during the 1920s and 1930s. Mixing together elements of both CROSS CREEK and THE YEARLING, director Martin Ritt creates a glowing period piece that finds the essence of both books. In the film, Mrs. Rawlings (Steenburgen), a New Yorker, buys an orange grove in the Florida swamps for the purpose of going there to write the gothic romance she can't seem to finish in the city. As soon as she arrives, Mrs. Rawlings becomes immersed in the colorful backwoods community that surrounds her grove, and acquires a young cook named Geechee (Woodard) as well as farm hands to work the groves. Enchanted by life in Cross Creek, Mrs. Rawlings finds herself writing not gothic romances, but tales of small town life in rural Florida. Next thing she knows, her stories catch the attention of a major publisher. A lyrical meditation on both rural life and the nature of creativity, Martin Ritt's film is filled with lush imagery and standout performances. In particular, Rip Torn's performance as Marsh Turner, a drunken but loving father, is outstanding, and it rightfully won him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

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Overview

Mary Steenburgen (MELVIN AND HOWARD) stars in this adaptation of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's classic novel about her experiences living in rural Florida during the 1920s and 1930s. Mixing together elements of both CROSS CREEK and THE YEARLING, director Martin Ritt creates a glowing period piece that finds the essence of both books. In the film, Mrs. Rawlings (Steenburgen), a New Yorker, buys an orange grove in the Florida swamps for the purpose of going there to write the gothic romance she can't seem to finish in the city. As soon as she arrives, Mrs. Rawlings becomes immersed in the colorful backwoods community that surrounds her grove, and acquires a young cook named Geechee (Woodard) as well as farm hands to work the groves. Enchanted by life in Cross Creek, Mrs. Rawlings finds herself writing not gothic romances, but tales of small town life in rural Florida. Next thing she knows, her stories catch the attention of a major publisher. A lyrical meditation on both rural life and the nature of creativity, Martin Ritt's film is filled with lush imagery and standout performances. In particular, Rip Torn's performance as Marsh Turner, a drunken but loving father, is outstanding, and it rightfully won him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Main Cast & Crew

Martin Ritt - Director
Mary Steenburgen
Rip Torn
Alfre Woodard
Peter Coyote
Dana Hill
Joanna Miles
Ike Eisenmann
Cary Guffey
Toni Hudson
Jay O. Sanders

 

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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Widescreen)
  • Run Time: 122
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 012236101833
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: February 2009

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Movies > Dramas

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Adventure
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Synopsis:
A frustrated newspaper reporter turns her back on her cosmopolitan existence and takes up residence in the Florida Everglades. There she turns her efforts and attention to writing novels.

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A frustrated newspaper reporter turns her back on her cosmopolitan existence and takes up residence in the Florida Everglades. There she turns her efforts and attention to writing novels.

Reviews:
"...[Steenburgen] radiates....[The film has] farfetched but unmistakable charm." - 09/21/1983 New York Times, p.C19


"...Very pleasant fare told with warmth and humor....Torn once again provides a thoroughly watchable and entertaining performance..." - 05/25/1983 Variety

 

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