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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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The picture was filmed on some of the same locations in Florida, USA as the earlier famous Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings filmed adaptation The Yearling (1946). These included both Hawthorne and Silver Springs, Ocala in that American southern state. See more »

Quotes

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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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Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' (1996) See more »

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lovely film despite flaws
28 October 2010 | by paleolithSee all my reviews

There's a lot in Cross Creek that's excellent. Several fascinating performances create well-honed characterizations of complex, sometimes-likable characters.

The visuals are beautiful, mostly shot on location in Cross Creek. It certainly evokes this part of Florida. (I grew up about 25 miles from the setting.) Some negatives lower my rating. But despite these, I still highly recommend the film.

Though many like the score, I found it mostly sappy, the only exceptions being the music created by the characters.

Summer never seems to come. Once we see MKR wipe her brow. We get no sense of the oppression of the summer heat and humidity.

But likewise, winter never seems to come. For goodness sake, when you're lighting fires to protect orange trees, that's because it's FREEZING! Those orange trees won't be hurt above about 25F. And freezing weather in Florida is normally accompanied by wind. This may not seem like much to those who live farther north, but it requires more serious clothing than most of the characters don. Yet none seem to notice that it's cold. And MKR's house wouldn't have been so well heated that she could sleep in that weather with only light clothes and covers.

It never gets muddy. The movie shows some torrential downpours, yet when the characters get back out on the roads and paths, it's all dry and neat. That doesn't happen in the swamp.

And it never seems to get buggy. We hear a couple of mentions of mosquitoes but mostly they don't seem like a big problem. People just sit and walk around with no sign that they notice.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1983 (Netherlands) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Alachua County, Florida, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$200,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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