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Cross Creek (1983)

Director: Martin Ritt     Starring: Mary Steenburgen
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Format: DVD
Sku: 210447783
UPC: 012236101833
UPC 14: 00012236101833
Category Keywords: Adventure  Suspense  Theatrical Release  Thriller
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/5/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 120 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1983
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 24865
Video UPC UPC: 00012236101833
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Peter Coyote
Video Cast Info Rip Torn
Video Cast Info Dana Hill
Video Cast Info Mary Steenburgen
Video Cast Info Martin Ritt - Director
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...[Steenburgen] radiates....[The film has] farfetched but unmistakable charm." 09/21/1983 p.C19

"...Very pleasant fare told with warmth and humor....Torn once again provides a thoroughly watchable and entertaining performance..." 05/25/1983

Product Attributes

Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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