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A Painted House (2003)

Scott Glenn , Arija Bareikis , Alfonso Arau  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Scott Glenn, Arija Bareikis, Robert Sean Leonard, Melinda Dillon, Logan Lerman
  • Directors: Alfonso Arau
  • Writers: John Grisham, Patrick Sheane Duncan
  • Producers: Brent Shields, Cameron Johann, Gordon Wolf, Richard Welsh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C3I8M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,090 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Painted House" on IMDb

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Based on the novel by John Grisham. Until that September in 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in that long, hot summer when 10-year-old Luke Chandler comes of age, two groups of migrant workers - and two very dangerous men - come through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries flood Luke's world. A murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. A beautiful young woman catches Luke's eye. A fatherless baby is born, and someone has begun furtively painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly bathing the run-down structure in gleaming white. As young Luke watches the world around him, he shelters secrets that could shatter lives - and change his family forever. A memorable adaptation of John Grisham's life-affirming story, A Painted House draws on childhood memories and "local lore" from his Arkansas roots.

Even by the high standards of the Hallmark Hall of Fame, A Painted House is well above average. John Grisham's well-received "lawyer-free" novel was respectfully adapted by Patrick Sheane Duncan (Mr. Holland's Opus), and director Alfonso Arau (Like Water for Chocolate, A Walk in the Clouds) brings just the right touch of toughness and delicate nostalgia to Grisham's semi-autobiographical remembrance of boyhood in rural Arkansas, circa 1952. Grisham's alter ego is 10-year-old Luke Chandler (well played by Logan Lerman), and when tempers flare into violence between the Mexican migrant workers and itinerant "hill people" hired to harvest cotton on his grandfather's farm, Luke--who has witnessed a murder--must decide whether to expose the killer or keep the crime a secret. Filled with warm grace notes and a perfect cast including leather-faced Scott Glenn and Melinda Dillon (as Luke's grandparents), A Painted House juggles multiple crises (including devastating rainstorms) with strong family values, capturing the humor and hardship of farming life at a crossroads of fading tradition and inevitable change. Combining elements of To Kill a Mockingbird and Places in the Heart, this is a purebred Hallmark production in every respect, earning a badge of pride for everyone involved in its making. --Jeff Shannon

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars -An American Story-- September 18, 2004
Having listened to this book on tape, my husband and I were delighted to see that Hallmark Hall of Fame had turned this wonderful story into a film. We were not disappointed.

This story takes place in Arkansas and is set in September of 1952. The Chandler family owns a farm. They grow cotton and hire both, Mexican migrant workers and Hill people, to pick their crop. The two groups clash when they meet on the Chandler farm. The story is told by 10 year old Luke Chandler. Logan Lerman gave a memorable performance as Luke. The entire cast was good, and we also enjoyed Scott Glenn in the role of Luke's grandfather.

John Grisham's books are always captivating, but this is my favorite. I wish that he would write more stories like this one. It gave us a look at America in a different era when baseball was an American past time and families worked together for a common goal. It also showed the relationship between the farmers and migrant workers who shared the responsibility of harvesting the cotton.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie September 16, 2004
By R. Polk
most reviewers think they need to write an essay comparrison between the book and movie. I am simply going to review the movie. It was great and very heartwarming. A good family classic to have. Good values and a great glimpse into southern life. Too bad movies today don't have the same wholesome storyline that A Painted House does.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for a book adaptation August 31, 2005
I was curious about this film because I had recently read - and enjoyed - the book by John Grisham. And well, yes, the book IS better, but who would expecte anything else? The movie version still is very good indeed, the acting was good. Scott Glenn played the grandfather very convincingly and Logan Lerman gave a promising performance as young Luke Chandler. These two worked well together and they are the main characters. Although some slight story adaptations were made, the film still stays true to the book (John Grisham himself was involved in the project). There should have been a little more focus on the character of Cowboy, since his part in the story got bigger towards the end and only little background about the developing conflict between him and Hank Spruill (a very good performance by Pablo Schreiber as the angry young man) was really given - whereas in the book the conflict builds gradually. The final - and fatal - fight between the two also differs from the book version, but the way it starts here was probably necessary to make it work (see my comment about the lack of development). Apart from a few minor upsets, this is a fine and entertaining film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I haven't read the book, but as a movie, I was really impressed. Logan Lerman really shines, he really puts life into Luke. I really enjoyed getting lost into this movie and the acting made it easy to feel what they were feeling. A wonderful movie about a boy dealing with life, problems, yet still being a kid, a farm family trying to survive. I've found that when books are turned into movies, they often have many differnces from the books, so I try to view the movie separate from the book on it's own terms. The Painted House tells a story, and has feeling. Perfect, no, enjoyable, definately!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Painted House (DVD) based on novel by John Grisham August 2, 2005
An excellent movie breathing life into the story and characters as depicted in John Grisham's story.

I loved the book and this film really does it justice. A must have for any John Grisham fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars family movie March 12, 2007
It keeps you thinking. It has a great theme of family and closeness. The story of one boy and his families hardships living by the river.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story! August 10, 2013
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A typical John Grisham well-written, easy to read, intriguing, novel. Somewhat non-typical is the absence of a lawyer or courtroom venue - but the legal issues are there all the same. Very enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Well-adapted Film July 28, 2013
I rarely read the book prior to watching the movie on which it's based. I did in this case and was glad I had. Almost everything in the movie was in the book. The book, naturally, contains additional material so reading the book is a reward in itself. The cast seemed perfect for their roles. The cinematography is superb. Grisham, himself, was pleased with the attention to detail, such as the clothing. He said the house looked like how he remembered his grandparents' house. The use of a narrator keeps the story moving along. I agree that more could have been developed deeper, but even at 99 minutes, it almost seemed rushed. A thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of the book of the same title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorite of all the Grisham novels made into movie
This is a good break from the law stories that Grisham does - rather than being a legal thriller, this one focuses on real life type situations from this time period and gives a... Read more
Published 24 days ago by renwaldo
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough times in the South
I liked the dynamics of the farm family back in the early 1900's and a migrant family that touched their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by Eve Mc Elheny
3.0 out of 5 stars Quieter Than the Others...
This film adaptation of John Grisham's novel is...well...quieter than the other John Grisham adaptations out there. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Philip Scholz
4.0 out of 5 stars painted house
I liked the movie but it left me feeling that something was missing. good movie that some will like-some not
Published 6 months ago by Housekeeper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
most reviewers think they need to write an essay comparrison between the book and movie. I am simply going to review the movie. It was great and very heartwarming. Read more
Published 7 months ago by sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars John Grisham's video based on book
This is a bit different for John Grisham based on his life. Very touching and sad in places. But it is very informative on life in the South and the trials and joys there.
Published 7 months ago by Carolyn B. Frye
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Start
This was a terrific start for a long and fruitful career for Logan Lerman. He is a great actor even at age ten. THe movie was everything I could have ever hoped for, for this book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Misterbanks
5.0 out of 5 stars This will have me reading the book
This isn't, on the average, the type of movie I normally watch. However I found myself quickly caught up in the story of this small 1950s farming family, and the dialogue and moods... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brent Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars John Grisham does it again
I saw this on Hallmark one Sunday night and I thought it was a masterpiece. It is a great coming of age story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Peter Smith
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