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Adopt a Sailor (2010)

Peter Coyote , Bebe Neuwirth , Charles Evered  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Coyote, Bebe Neuwirth, Ethan Peck
  • Directors: Charles Evered
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0034PHWFE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,290 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Emmy® Award winners Bebe Neuwirth and Peter Coyote give phenomenal, critically-acclaimed performances in this witty, endearing comedy. When Patricia and Richard (Neuwirth and Coyote), a frazzled NYC couple, "adopt" a quiet young sailor (Ethan Peck, TV's 10 Things I Hate About You) from Turkey Scratch, AR during Fleet Week, embarrassing secrets are revealed--and tempers are tested--in a night the three will never forget!

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Adapting from his play, Charles Evered wrote and directed this sometimes-whimsical, mostly intense drama about a sophisticated, artsy, argumentative NY couple (Bebe Neuwirth, Peter Coyote) who invite a lonely sailor (Ethan Peck) for dinner. This film, a festival favorite, is the best of old school filmmaking in which the spoken words really matter.

Much of the production, though set in NY, was shot in Palm Springs.

Young Peck is astonishing in his sweet-natured optimism and his confident stillness. Dressed in crisp whites, it's easy to see him as an angel. In fact, some viewers are certain this was intended, but Evered is evasive.

Evered is a significant new writer/director to watch. Look for his latest film, A THOUSAND CUTS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Acting and Story December 6, 2013
By Wabojeg
This is an incredible dialog driven script that, if you need car crashes or explosions for entertainment, you will not enjoy. For the rest of us, along with being incredibly funny in the first half, it becomes a commentary on the split in our current society between the fact that we are sending men and women to war and yet many of us do not even think of us being at war in our daily lives. The young sailor's strength in the face of adversity certainly made the couple's day to day troubles seem quite petty in contrast.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intersections December 30, 2010
Charles Evered first wrote the play on which this film is based and then turned that play into a movie, directing it with all the sensitive promise of the script. It is a pleasure to experience this little low budget Indie and be swept up in the honest manner in which it invites us to look at our lives from a different perspective.

It is Fleet Week in New York, a time when sailors about to be shipped out to duty are given an evening of freedom with the option of accepting the invitation of families to invite them into their homes as a farewell. A young HM3 (navy corpsman) from Turkey Scratch, Arkansas played with poetic sensitivity by Ethan Peck (grandson of Gregory Peck) is serendipitously 'adopted' by a dysfunctional New York couple - Patricia (Bebe Neuwirth) runs a gallery and husband Richard (Peter Coyote) makes films. As Patricia responds to the sailor's wonder, 'Movies are what people what to go see, films are what you try to convince people to see' - evidence that Patricia has been supporting the marriage so that Richard doesn't have to work except to make unwanted films: the couple is nearing dissolution. Through one evening of conversation Patricia and Richard voice their failing love, the sailor maintains an innocence about life in the big city and in doing so shares some of his own small town fears and frustrations about becoming an adult- and the three people find a new look on their lives as a result. The film is at once hilarious, verbally brutal, revealing, and genuinely tender as these three people's lives intersect to find new and healthy direction.

Ethan Peck is absolutely extraordinary in maintaining his innocent near-angel role, never becoming mawkish or a parody of 'Southern uneducated kids'.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adopt A Sailor April 20, 2010
Length: 8:55 Mins
At the heart of this film, is a very simple story about a very complicated relationship between three very different people. People who meet by chance, and who, in less time than it takes to have dinner-- become a "kind of family." From a structural standpoint, I of course considered "opening up" the movie further, ----"Why not see them go to the deli?" "Why not show Patricia at her gallery?" etc, but every time I tried to conceive the film that way, I seemed to be doing it for the "sake" of doing it----because convention seemed to dictate it. But
in the end, I decided to come to terms with and respect what I think the "core" of this story is: Three people meet, have dinner, and change each others lives forever.
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By Tom S
This film (not “movie”—inside joke to those who saw it) played
to an enthused crowd last week at Cape May Stage. It stars Bebe Neuwirth (of “Cheers” and “Fraser”
fame), noted TV and film actor Peter Coyote, and relative newcomer Ethan Peck (grandson of Gregory
Peck). Nuewirth and Coyote play a sophisticated Manhattan couple who sign up for the Adopt a Sailor
program whereby they host Peck for an evening.
Charles Evered (who also wrote the play “Class” currently at Cape May Stage) delivers wonderfully
written dialogue. And the cast delivers as well (Peck has that great baritone voice he no doubt inherited
from his grandfather). Look for this film wherever you get your flick fix!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie rescued by innocene. February 8, 2014
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A great no holds barred movie on the past, present and future love of a couple due to innocence. Star studded cast gives a fantastic performance on what a relationship can be. Love, bitterness and the rebirth of love due to the eyes of an innocent stranger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Little Movie August 11, 2013
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Yes, it is a movie, not a film (see it to get the difference). Made on only $300,000, apparently none spent on advertising, this is a wonderful movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I saw this on NETFLIX and fell in love with the story
I saw this on NETFLIX and fell in love with the story. It is short sweet and some great acting. And the Sailor...well lets just say Love a sailor!! Good flick!!
Published 1 month ago by Jay-Dee Pooley
2.0 out of 5 stars Trite, sticky-sweet, pretentious, phony nonsense
Fairly good performances by the three stars are sabotaged by a plodding and pretentious screenplay. Reviewers on this and other sites who see parallels with Who's Afraid of... Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatiful film
I almost passed it up because it looked corny on the surface. It may be intentional
that it appears this way, but it is a very different story. Read more
Published on June 24, 2012 by Raymond F. Donahue
3.0 out of 5 stars Shrinking Virginia Woolf
If you think you've seen this or that it's been done already, you are firmly in the "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" ballpark. Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by Saint Exupery
4.0 out of 5 stars Who's Afraid of ADOPT A SAILOR?
I caught this film on Showtime because I liked the cast and although at first it seemed to be yet another rehash of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by Jeff Laffel
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
very moving movie, didn't think i'd like it at first, but i did very much so. bebe neuwirth is fantastic in this film, should've been up for an award for sure!
Published on July 10, 2011 by busybits321
4.0 out of 5 stars Adopt A Sailor, review by Mike Johnston
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Length: 8:55 Mins
Published on April 25, 2010 by Michael S. Johnston
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