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Barn Burning
Barn Burning
Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Kagan, Shawn Whittington, Carolyn Coates, Michael Riney
Director: Peter Werner
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Television
NR     2004     0hr 41min

Seen on PBS Written By: Horton Foote (Academy Award winning screenwriter) Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Kagan Directed By: Peter Werner Description: Abe Snopes (Tommy Lee Jones) is a Southern tenant farmer whose un...  more »

     
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Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Kagan, Shawn Whittington, Carolyn Coates, Michael Riney
Director: Peter Werner
Creators: Peter Sova, Jay Freund, Calvin Skaggs, Robert Geller, Horton Foote, William Faulkner
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Television
Sub-Genres: Family Life, Family Films, Television
Studio: MONTEREY VIDEO
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/16/2004
Original Release Date: 03/17/1980
Theatrical Release Date: 03/17/1980
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 0hr 41min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Nicely done yet somewhat bleak story
reteip | 11/10/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"A cruel man (Tommy Lee Jones) has a habit of furtively seeking "vengeance" on those he considers to have treated him unfairly, often burns their barns to conclude the feuds. His son Sarty (Shawn Whittington), roughly fifteen, is morally opposed to such actions but also desires his dad's acceptance. In the end, the lad must pick between his conscience and family. Which will it be? A nicely done yet somewhat bleak story based on the William Faulkner short."
Helps visualize the story, but kids may fall asleep
LA Teacher | CA | 08/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The film is approx. 40 minutes and does a decent job of putting Faulkner's work on screen. Some of the stream-of-consciousness is conveyed through voice-overs, which may provide a good talking point with students.

Tommy Lee Jones is a perfect Abner Snipes, in fact, I don't think I could picture him any other way.

The downside is that it is rather boring, though I truly don't know how it could be spiced up, since it does stay true to the story.

I plan to show it intermittently as we read the text, as students really struggle with it. I do believe it will be helpful."
JUST READ THE STORY
T. Bellows | 05/17/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"My opinion:
My class agreed that this didn't capture the power of the actual short story. That may be impossible to do, actually. Somehow the film lacks the depth and charged darkness of the text."