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How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 6 October 1995 (USA)
Bride-to-be Finn Dodd hears tales of romance and sorrow from her elders as they construct a quilt.

Director:

Jocelyn Moorhouse

Writers:

Whitney Otto (novel), Jane Anderson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaelynn Craddick Kaelynn Craddick ... Young Finn
Sara Craddick Sara Craddick ... Young Finn
Kate Capshaw ... Sally
Adam Baldwin ... Finn's Father
Winona Ryder ... Finn
Dermot Mulroney ... Sam
Ellen Burstyn ... Hy
Anne Bancroft ... Glady Joe
Maya Angelou ... Anna
Alfre Woodard ... Marianna
Lois Smith ... Sophia
Jean Simmons ... Em
Kate Nelligan ... Constance
Denis Arndt ... James
Rip Torn ... Arthur
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Storyline

Finn is a young graduate student, finishing a master's thesis, and preparing for marriage to her fiance Sam. But thoughts of the end of the free life, and a potential summer fling, intrude. She goes home to her grandmother, where, over the making of her wedding gift by a group of quilting-bee friends, laughter, bickering, love, and advice lead her toward a more open-eyed examination of her course. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There's beauty in the patterns of life.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of drug use, some sensuality and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Although they share no scenes together, the film reunites three actresses from Little Women (1994): Winona Ryder, Samantha Mathis, and Claire Danes. Winona Ryder would later star in Girl, Interrupted (1999) which also starred Jared Leto. See more »

Goofs

When Finn meets Leon at the pool for the first time, she sometimes is shown to be wearing a towel around her waist, and other times there's no towel...(during the same conversation) See more »

Quotes

Finn: Sometimes love simply dies.
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Connections

Referenced in Charmed: How to Make a Quilt Out of Americans (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

After the Fire Is Gone
Written by L.E. White
Performed by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty
Courtesy of MCA Records
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User Reviews

 
Find the thread that hold's it together
7 September 2010 | by Faizel-RSee all my reviews

I have watched parts of this movie more than once. The movie from start to finish only once. Each story unfolds like a facet on the quilt. Then as the main plot line draws to a conclusion, the thread that binds these stories together resolves each individual facet, to complete the whole.

Quilting as I understand it, is bringing many contributions together to create a final product. Each little design tells a story and the master quilter put's these stories together , to convey a theme or message.

I have not read the novel, but the movie conveys the message in it's title.

The soundtrack is tranquil and adds to the mood.

The interplay between Burstyn and Bancroft is a pleasure to watch. Winona is excellent.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Make an American Quilt See more »

Filming Locations:

Universal City, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,790,445, 8 October 1995

Gross USA:

$23,600,020

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,200,020
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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