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Actors: Robert Duvall, Lukas Haas, James Earl Jones, Starletta DuPois, Carlin Glynn
Director: Peter Masterson
Genres: Drama
NR     2005     1hr 33min

OscarĀ(r) winner* Robert Duvall "is terrific" (The New York Times) in this "vividly realized" (Variety) drama co-starring Lucas Haas (Witness) and James Earl Jones (Field of Dreams). "Gracefully adapted to the screen" (Los...  more »


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Actors: Robert Duvall, Lukas Haas, James Earl Jones, Starletta DuPois, Carlin Glynn
Director: Peter Masterson
Creators: David Anderson, Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt, John Foster, Jonathan D. Krane, Leah A. Palco, Sterling Van Wagenen, Horton Foote
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/12/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Very well done!
Alana Jordan | Missouri USA | 02/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Robert Duvall gives a creditable performance as the supervisor of a convict farm in 1902 Texas. He befriends a young boy (Lukas Haas). The screenplay, written by Horton Foote, contrasts the difficulties of growing up and growing old. Duvall's character is aging and suffering ill health. He alienates himself from family and associates - except for a former convict assigned to his charge, the young boy who reminds him of his youth, and a couple who live in the village store.It's a nice set piece, and the warm colors create a real feeling of turn-of-the-century South. While Duvall's character could have been fleshed out more, he does an excellent job as a man intent on dying on his own terms."
Great film, great acting... a real "moment in time."
Catherine S. Todd | Oxford NC, USA | 03/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Robert Duvall is a direct descendent of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, according the movie database. After seeing this film, you may think Duvall's appearance is reincarnation at it's best.One of my most favorite films. I wish the composer, Peter Rodgers Melnick had a CD or there was a soundtrack available. Wonderful scenery and music and "all too-true-to-life," especially for those of us that live in, or have moved to, the South. This is a "real moment in time." Life moves on, slowly, but "strangers we do not remain.""
Quiet Movie
qzazx | West Coast Canada | 07/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"'Convicts' leaves the viewer with a lot to think about. This movie is recommended for those types who enjoy sitting quietly and watching scenes unfold as if watching through a window. Robert Duvall's character is quite interesting and his portrayal conveys very well the mood of uncertainty that the boy's character must surely feel very strongly throughout his time at the farm. I think it takes a viewer that finds pleasure in quiet thinking to enjoy this film as it takes some reflection on the viewers part to determine just what the story was and what it means to them. There isn't a lot of action, but plenty to stimulate conversation afterwards. The is one of the few movies I would want to watch more than a couple of times.Movies with a similar quiet feel and are also very good:
'Where The River's Flow North'- Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal, Michael J Fox and Treat Williams.
'The Ballad of The Sad Cafe'- Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Carradine.
'The Ballad of Little Jo'- Suzy Amis, Sam Robbards, Ian Mckellan
'Snow Falling on Cedars'- Ethan Hawke, Sam Shepard, Youki Kudoh, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa."
One of my all time favorites
M. C. ELLIOTT | NY | 08/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this in the theaters and it just blew me away. Anything written by Horton Foote has incredible human intergrity (such as Tender Mercies or To Kill A Mockingbird, which he wrote the script for). This is not for folks with no attention span who require an explosion every few minutes. Just thoughtful, offbeat human drama. Simple and profound. Just a thing of beauty. He also wrote Habitation of Dragons and Alone, two fine pieces of work for those who appreciate rare human drama with intelligence and soul."