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Cross Creek (1983)

In 1930's Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (book), Dalene Young (screenplay)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Steenburgen ... Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Rip Torn ... Marsh Turner
Peter Coyote ... Norton Baskin
Dana Hill ... Ellie Turner
Alfre Woodard ... Geechee
Joanna Miles ... Mrs. Turner
Ike Eisenmann ... Paul
Cary Guffey ... Floyd Turner
Toni Hudson ... Tim's Wife
Bo Rucker Bo Rucker ... Leroy
Jay O. Sanders ... Charles Rawlings
John Hammond ... Tim
Tommy Alford Tommy Alford ... Postal Clerk
Norton Baskin Norton Baskin ... Man in the Rocking Chair
Terrence Gehr Terrence Gehr ... Store Keeper
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In 1930's Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.

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The portrait of a woman who, at the edge of survival, found a world of meaning. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1983 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Cross Creek See more »

Filming Locations:

Alachua County, Florida, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$200,000
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released about forty-five years after authoress Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' most famous story, the novel "The Yearling", had been first published in 1938. The "38" publication year of that book is the digit reverse of the "83" release year of this movie. See more »

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[first lines]
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: [voiceover] My journey to maturity began in New York, in 1928. I was married to Charles Rawlings, the newspaper man and yachting enthusiast. I had been trying to write stories that I thought would be most likely to sell - gothic romances were extremely popular - and I had written dozens. I was desperate to express myself. Even as a child I'd been consumed with the desire to be a writer.
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Florida the way it used to be
16 December 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

I was inspired to revisit this classic after seeing Mary Steenburgen in Time After Time with Malcolm McDowell. McDowell had a small part in this film also as Rawlings' publisher.

Eighty years ago, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings gave up everything to move to Florida and write. She went as far away from everything as you could go. In the land of orange groves, cypress trees, and wildlife abundant, she found the inspiration she needed. This is her story.

It is peppered with colorful characters that lived in the backwoods of Florida, a place that hardly exists anymore with all the development. It featured outstanding performances by Rip Torn as her neighbor, Peter Coyote as the one who was trying to win her heart, Dana Hill as the young girl that inspired "The Yearling," and Alfre Woodard in one of her first roles.

Torn and Woodard got Oscar nominations for their performances.

One of the most impressive features of the film, other than showing the beauty of Florida that is long gone, is the respect shown for the land by Rawlings. Any Native American would be proud of her respect for the land.

It is an inspirational family film that is worth revisiting over and over.


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