Evening

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A stellar cast unites for a drama adapted by pulitzer prize-winning author michael cunningham from the best-selling novel by susan minot. The film explores the romantic past and emotional present of ann grant (redgrave) and her daughters, constance (richardson) and nina (collette).

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Studio Universal
SKU 205511534
UPC 025193344625
UPC 14 00025193344625
Format DVD
Release Date 9/7/2010
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Editors Note
Note Michael Cunningham (author of THE HOURS) lends his screenwriting skills to Lajos Koltai's EVENING. This time, Cunningham adapts a book by Susan Minot for the big screen. Vanessa Redgrave plays Ann Grant, who in her last hours retells the highlights of her life to an audience made up of her daughters, with Claire Danes playing a younger version of the protagonist.
Reviews
Sight and Sound "Redgrave puts in a heartfelt performance..." 10/01/2007 p.54
Directors
Lajos Koltai
Actors
Claire Danes
Patrick Wilson
Vanessa Redgrave
Cast & Crew
Allyson C. Johnson - Editor
Caroline Hanania - Production Designer
Claire Danes - Actor
Glenn Close - Actor
Gyula Pados - Cinematographer
Hugh Dancy - Actor
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek - Original Music By
Jordan Jacobs - Art Director
Lajos Koltai - Director
Mamie Gummer - Actor
Meryl Streep - Actor
Michael Cunningham - Writer
Natasha Richardson - Actor
Nina Wolarsky - Producer
Susan Minot - Executive Producer
Susan Minot - Writer
Toni Collette - Actor
Vanessa Redgrave - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 62033446
UPC 00025193344625
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 117 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Evening, based on the 1998 bestseller by Susan Minot, is an example of a well-told familiar story. There are no surprises during the course of the film, which transpires across two time frames (1954 and 1998), but the strength of the screenplay and acting provide a satisfying, although not overwhelming, two hours of romance, drama, and tragedy...Similarities to The Notebook are worth remarking upon, since this is designed for the same audience. Both involve contemporary characters looking back on experiences during which they meet the loves of their lives. The Notebook is a more of a tearjerker and a melodrama. Evening possesses a quiet dignity. The film is sad, but its approach is low key and it doesn't resort to the shameless manipulation that marred The Notebook's final act. There are no surprises. We know exactly how this is going to end, both in 1954 (because we're told so at the outset) and in 1998 (because there's no other way the movie can conclude), yet the fulfillment of expectations does not dilute the movie's emotional effectiveness.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review A scattering of lovely, elegiac moments hint at what Evening might have been, if director Lajos Koltaj and novelist/screenwriter Michael Cunningham had resisted the urge to transform Susan Minot's introspective and circumspect novel into a glossy, highbrow soap opera. All too often weighted down with ponderous self-importance, this cinematic equivalent of a memory play is only fitfully compelling, despite the Herculean efforts by a glittering roster of stage and screen luminaries. Whereas Minot's 1999 novel earned the author favorable comparisons to Henry James for its subtlety and nuance, the screen version of Evening unfortunately veers closer in tone to the overwrought emotionalism of '50s-era playwright William Inge (Picnic)...Although nothing of much dramatic import happens, it's still a treat to watch Streep and Redgrave share the screen for the first time. Gummer (Streep's daughter) and Eileen Atkins (playing Ann's night nurse) also do splendid work, but it's Danes, radiant with intelligence, warmth and common sense, who captures your heart. Sadly, the same cannot be said of Evening.
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Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Adam Graham, Detroit News ...a warm story...[that] boasts an array of strong performances from its top-notch ensemble.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice A psychologically rich drama dealing with the matters of the heart...
Gene Shalit, Today Unforgettable.
Liz Braun, Jam! Movies It's all terribly Great Gatsby, and fun to watch.
Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall An astounding cast and high production values make this film worth seeing...

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