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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).


Studio Universal
SKU 205511534
UPC 025193344625
UPC 14 00025193344625
Format DVD
Release Date 9/7/2010
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Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
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
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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
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.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
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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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