Cross Creek

Directed By: Martin Ritt Starring: Mary Steenburgen

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Cross Creek

on 9/12/2012

Cross Creek is a very good movie to see. I just love Mary Steenburgen. I think she is way too underrated as an actress. She has a special quality to her and her acting that no one else can duplicate.She is by far one of a kind which is why this movie is so darn good; she really brings a close-up and personal feeling to the show. Read More

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Product Overview


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 210447783
UPC 012236101833
UPC 14 00012236101833
Format DVD
Release Date 4/5/2011
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Mary Steenburgen (MELVIN AND HOWARD) stars in this adaptation of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's classic novel about her experiences living in rural Florida during the 1920s and 1930s. Mixing together elements of both CROSS CREEK and THE YEARLING, director Martin Ritt creates a glowing period piece that finds the essence of both books. In the film, Mrs. Rawlings (Steenburgen), a New Yorker, buys an orange grove in the Florida swamps for the purpose of going there to write the gothic romance she can't seem to finish in the city. As soon as she arrives, Mrs. Rawlings becomes immersed in the colorful backwoods community that surrounds her grove, and acquires a young cook named Geechee (Woodard) as well as farm hands to work the groves. Enchanted by life in Cross Creek, Mrs. Rawlings finds herself writing not gothic romances, but tales of small town life in rural Florida. Next thing she knows, her stories catch the attention of a major publisher. A lyrical meditation on both rural life and the nature of creativity, Martin Ritt's film is filled with lush imagery and standout performances. In particular, Rip Torn's performance as Marsh Turner, a drunken but loving father, is outstanding, and it rightfully won him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Plot Summary
Summary A frustrated newspaper reporter turns her back on her cosmopolitan existence and takes up residence in the Florida Everglades. There she turns her efforts and attention to writing novels.
New York Times "...[Steenburgen] radiates....[The film has] farfetched but unmistakable charm." 09/21/1983 p.C19
Variety "...Very pleasant fare told with warmth and humor....Torn once again provides a thoroughly watchable and entertaining performance..." 05/25/1983
Martin Ritt
Mary Steenburgen
Cast & Crew
Peter Coyote - Star
Rip Torn - Star
Dana Hill - Star
Mary Steenburgen - Star
Martin Ritt - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1983
Catalog ID 24865
UPC 00012236101833
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 120 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
DVD, Widescreen, English
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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Cross Creek on Sep 12, 2012