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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

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Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

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Marielle Heller

Writers:

Tom Junod (Inspired by the article "Can You Say ... Hero" by), Noah Harpster | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

Director: Morgan Neville
Stars: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Fred Rogers
Matthew Rhys ... Lloyd Vogel
Chris Cooper ... Jerry Vogel
Susan Kelechi Watson ... Andrea Vogel
Maryann Plunkett ... Joanne Rogers
Enrico Colantoni ... Bill Isler
Wendy Makkena ... Dorothy
Tammy Blanchard ... Lorraine
Noah Harpster ... Todd
Carmen Cusack ... Margy
Kelley Davis ... First AD
Christine Lahti ... Ellen
Maddie Corman ... Lady Aberlin
Daniel Krell ... Mr. McFeely
Jon L Peacock Jon L Peacock ... Sound Technician
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Storyline

Two-time Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most beloved neighbor.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

We Could All Use a Little Kindness

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some strong thematic material, a brief fight, and some mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

China | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,251,238, 24 November 2019

Gross USA:

$60,638,265

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,943,156
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Technical Specs

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In Lloyd's dream sequence in the "Neighborhood of Make-Believe" where Lloyd has the "Old Rabbit" ears and meets King Friday XIII, Daniel and Lady Aberlin, Mr. Rogers appears himself. In the original "Neighborhood"-episodes, while playing the puppet characters there, Mr. Rogers never actually visited the "Neighborhood of Make-Believe" as himself and only sent the Neighborhood-Trolley there and appeared only after the segment in his house. See more »

Goofs

As is usual for a biodrama, certain events are changed for dramatic purposes. The beginning of the film states this takes place in 1998, however, several of the Mister Rogers episodes depicted being recorded were actually filmed earlier. The episode where Rogers attempted to put up a tent was filmed in 1975, and his visit to the Uptown String Quartet was filmed and aired in 1997, and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe story involving the skunk was filmed and aired in 1987. See more »

Quotes

Fred Rogers: [from trailer] We are trying to give the world positive ways of dealing with their feelings.
Lloyd Vogel: Yeah, like what?
Fred Rogers: There are many things you can do. You can play all the lowest keys on a piano at the same time.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) opening title sequence. See more »


Soundtracks

Sometimes People Are Good
Written by Fred Rogers
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User Reviews

 
Thoughtful and textured
18 October 2019 | by gsygsySee all my reviews

This could so easily have been sentimental Hollywood pap about settling family feuds. Instead, it's a thoughtful, textured contemplation of how we can effectively deal with our expectations, disappointments and imperfections. It is true, as others have pointed out, that the female roles are ciphers, which might be considered a surprising weakness in a film directed by a woman. Nonetheless, Marielle Heller, who did such an excellent job on CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? also steers this movie superbly, handling the performances and the screenplay's playful shifts of tone with great assurance.

The central trio -- Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper -- are reliably terrific.


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