Joseph Svenden is a middle-aged school-teacher who lives on a farm with his dying mother. In his simple life there are no excitements, even in long-time relationship with a widow. However, ... See full summary »

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Bruno Barreto

Writers:

Jim Harrison (novel), Ed Jones (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... Joseph Svenden
Amy Irving ... Rosealee Henson
Amy Locane ... Catherine Wheeler
Julie Harris ... Joseph's Mother
Gary Busey ... Major Wheeler
Hal Holbrook ... Dr. Evans
Christopher Pettiet ... Robert Henson
Priscilla Pointer ... Lily Henson
Gail Cronauer ... Catherine Wheeler's Mother
Alissa Alban Alissa Alban ... School Board Superintendant
E.J. Morris E.J. Morris ... School Board Woman
Joe Stevens ... School Board Man
Connie Cooper ... Charlotte
Eleese Lester ... Marie
Doug Jackson ... Frank
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Joseph Svenden is a middle-aged school-teacher who lives on a farm with his dying mother. In his simple life there are no excitements, even in long-time relationship with a widow. However, when seventeen-year-old beauty enrolls in his class, Joseph would soon end up in her arms. After that, Joseph is torn between the passion and feeling that he is doing something wrong. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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No love is safe from desire. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for nudity, strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Both Dennis Hopper and Amy Irving have full frontal nude scenes in the film. See more »

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When Catherine's parents come to Joseph's house, the hall clock reads 8:35. When Catherine shows up just after her parents leave, the same clock now reads 7:35. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Evans: She certainly has a sweet lookin' little body on her, but you oughtta stick to fuckin' grownups, dumbass.
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CRAZY
Written by Willie Nelson
Published by Sony Tree Publishing Co., Inc. (BMI)
Performed by Willie Nelson
Courtesy of Capitol Nashville
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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Beautiful!
24 January 2003 | by Zen BonesSee all my reviews

This is a beautiful and rare look at rural America in the 1960s. Dennis Hopper plays a schoolteacher with a gimpy leg who is quite unexceptional. He's middle-aged but still only engaged (to Amy Irving who is fantastic in this!)and still lives with his aged mother (the wonderful Julie Harris). Suddenly, a young, fresh, beautiful and vibrant teenager arrives at his school and he finds his heart - and other vital organs - stirred beyond endurance. She's technically not innocent (she's not a virgin) but she's no Lolita either. She's the epitome of the young women of Andrew Wyeth's paintings. In fact, the whole film looks and feels like a Wyeth painting: organic and idyllic with an emptiness that's filed with loneliness. The script is intelligent and original, allowing each character to be fully developed, and Dennis Hopper gives the performance of his career.

I've read a few reviews here and elsewhere that complain about Hopper's age and the frontal nudity. I belong to the school of thought that nothing natural is ugly, and that art should not ALWAYS be pure and youthful and beatific (which BTW, was what Hitler's vision was. Art that wasn't beautiful was classified as "degenerate" and banned). If there's room for artists like Michelangeo and Egon Schiele in this world, and there's surely room for Brad Pitt AND Dennis Hopper!

If the nude body is something that you just can't look at then a film like this may not be for you (there's only one very brief scene). But keep in mind that you can't broaden your vision of humanity if you don't have an open mind and are willing to look below the superficial surface that at least in Hollywood, poses as reality.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1996 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Acts of Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Waxahachie, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,416, 31 March 1996

Gross USA:

$290,978

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$290,978
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1.85 : 1
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