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The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn
The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn
Actors: Sidney Poitier, Mary-Louise Parker, Dianne Wiest, George Newbern
Director: Gregg Champion
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
NR     2005     1hr 27min

IN THE TINY COMMUNITY OF TWIN PINES, GA, LIVES NOAH DEARBORN, A MASTER CRAFTSMAN AND FARM WHO CHERISHES HIS SOLITUDE ALMOST ASMUSCH AS THE LOCAL TOWNSPEOPLE CHERISH HIM, ESPECIALLYRESTAURANTEUR SARAH MCCLELLAN. WHEN REAL E...  more »

     
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Actors: Sidney Poitier, Mary-Louise Parker, Dianne Wiest, George Newbern
Director: Gregg Champion
Creators: Gordon Lonsdale, Joseph Conlan
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/08/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 14
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A man of manners from a time gone by (4.5 stars)
R. Kyle | USA | 03/13/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Noah Dearborn (Poitier) lives a simple life off the grid. He uses no electricity, even his car's an antique. The local people call him a "Carpenter God" and more than one local lady has fallen for his respectful grace.

But he's never been married. He only had a dog once. What means the most to Noah is his work and his land--and an out of town developer Christian Nelson (George Newbern) wants to buy the land to build a shopping center.

The offers start kind, $300, 350, 400--thousand dollars. Then, Nelson gets it in his head that anyone who won't sell their land to him is 'crazy'. That's when he calls in his girlfriend, Dr. Valerie Craine (Parker), a psychologist to assert just that so Nelson can get Noah committed and have the County seize his land.

Valerie quickly realizes that there's really nothing wrong with Noah. Noah's even managed to convince Nelson's company lawyer to give it all up to go to California and start a vineyard.

Unfortunately, Nelson is not going to be so easy to persuade. The conflict is inevitable, but the acting makes the whole story worth watching. The only reason this film got a 4 star rating is because of the rough cuts that brand it so obviously 'made for television' and distract the viewer at the critical moments."
The Simple Life Of Noah Dearborn
Richard C. Harrison | 07/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sidney Poitier, What else needs to be said. He has always been a class act and in this movie he reminds us of how important a stress free life is to our health. He has me wanting a life less complicated."
Simply Sidney
Neil Barto | 03/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of Sidney Poitier best performances. If you enjoyed Lillies of the Field you will like this one. In some ways it almost feels like a sequel to Lillies but it's not."
A nobel character...
Gregg Ernest | 12/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The greaceful prescence of Sidney Poitier makes this movie something to behold. Tom Shales of the Washington post in his rave review called it "more than a movie...it's poetry. When the movie was first aired on CBS, it surprised everyone by attracting 27,000,000 viewers on Sunday night. Diane Wiest was nominated for an Emmy Award and Mr. Poitier won Best Actor at the NAACP Image awards. Mary-Louise Parkers performace helps drive the story and she is Luminous. A feel good fable that has something to say about the encroachment of modern civilization into a mans life that is untouched in its simplicity...and the secret of his agelessness."