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Spring Forward (2000)

Cast: Ned Beatty, Ned Beatty, Liev Schreiber, more...
Director: Tom Gilroy, Tom Gilroy
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Drama, Independent
Running Time: 112 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Playwright and character actor Tom Gilroy made his feature directorial debut with this dialogue-driven character study set against the backdrop of the changing seasons. Liev Schreiber plays Paul, a short-fused ex-con who finds unlikely comfort, stability, and camaraderie when he takes an odd job in park maintenance. On his first day, he's teamed with Murph (Ned Beatty), a groundskeeping veteran who manages to defuse an outburst between Paul and their snide supervisor (Campbell Scott). Paul sticks with the job, and, as the months pass, he and Murph work their way through events both mundane and monumental, all the while sharing their hopes, regrets, and ambitions. Shot in sequence over a one-year period, Spring Forward received a third-place mention for best first feature at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Michael Hastings, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Wow what a good movie by RAmir February 8, 2006 - 9:35 AM PST
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
The way this movie is written, shot and acted gives you the feeling that you are watching someone's life. It has a very real and essential quality and really makes you think. This movie is deep but it does it in a not so obvious way.

No corny tear-jerker by gophred March 11, 2003 - 7:37 PM PST
16 out of 17 members found this review helpful
This movie is so good I had to write about it.
Its a small movie with great dialogue and even greater acting. No real plot just totally absorbing character development. A guy's tear jerker but not corny like Remember the Titans. Instead it is completely original.
And I didn't even mention the cinematography! I wish I hadn't already seen it so I could watch it again for the first time.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.65)
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