Big Eden 2001 PG-13 CC

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A successful but lonely New York artist returns to Big Eden, the town of his childhood, to care for his ailing grandfather, and finds himself confronted by a former unrequited love.

Starring:
Arye Gross, Eric Schweig
Runtime:
1 hour 58 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Thomas Bezucha
Starring Arye Gross, Eric Schweig
Supporting actors Tim DeKay, Louise Fletcher, George Coe, Nan Martin, O'Neal Compton, Corinne Bohrer, Veanne Cox, Douglas Sebern, Parker Livingston, Cody Wayne, Josie Adams, Mark Twogood, Christopher Kendra, Steve Frye, Steven Brian Conard, Delbert High, Kenneth R. King, Dori Thompson
Studio Wolfe Video
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period.

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With a great cast, fantastic settings and filming and a wonderful story this movie is a winner.
Kevin Stanton
I just can't even begin to describe how amazing it really is, I hope to find a lot more movies like this in the same genre and same happy ending!
Sly
Actually, it isn't really a gay film as much as it is a film about love and life, community and family, and acceptance and honesty.
Erasure25

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99 of 101 people found the following review helpful By giovannif7 on April 4, 2004
Format: DVD
Big Eden is a romantic fantasy for mature souls. This warm, wonderful film taps into the universal emotional drives for family, love, and a place to call home. Audiences at numerous film festivals have taken to heart the Everyman characters created by some exceptional performers, guided by the writing and direction of Thomas Bezucha.
The story revolves around Henry Hart. He's a transplanted New Yorker - an artist on the verge of major success in the big city. As he readies for his big gallery show, a call comes from his hometown. His grandfather, the man who raised Henry after the death of his parents, has had a stroke. Henry, despite the protests of his friend/agent, hops the first plane back to Montana, and quickly becomes thrust back into the lives of the small community he had left years before.
As he integrates back into the Big Eden community, Henry has to cope with helping his grandfather adjust to his medical condition, as well as dealing with the curiosity and interference of the well-meaning locals. The standout is the Widow Thayer, who is enlisted to do the cooking for Henry and his grandfather, but who takes it upon herself to play matchmaker for Henry.
Henry's most-anticipated reunion is with Dean, his best friend from high school, and not-so-secret crush. Dean has also recently returned to town following his divorce, and is very happy to rekindle his friendship with Henry. Other familiar faces from Henry's past include Anna, the mayor of the town, and Pike, the painfully shy, enigmatic owner of the general store.
As Henry and Dean begin to re-explore their relationship, another potential romantic partner surfaces, and the whole town becomes aware of the situation.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Rognlien VINE VOICE on August 22, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this movie on the recommendation of a friend and I'm really pleased that I bought it.
First of all, the plot is really unlike any other gay movie I've seen. It's not set in the city (NY, LA, SF etc) and has zero muscleboys in the cast, but it's one of the best-cast and acted movies in a long time.
A great date movie, for sure, but also an interesting view into what life could and will be like one day in the not-so-distant future when being gay is just another part of the cultural makeup of society.
The DVD has a lot of nice bonus material including information on the production, the beautiful location used for the film's setting, the actors and the evolution of the film from idea to celluloid.
I really can't recommend this movie enough - it's not earth-shattering by any stretch of the imagination, but it has rich, well-developed characters, a beautiful setting, and a lot of heart and soul.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By "wshaver40" on January 31, 2003
Format: DVD
Sort of a lite, gay Jane Austen novel set in the lush landscape of backwoods Montana, "Big Eden" is sweet, gentle, and warm enough to overcome its many rough edges and decidedly low aim. Successful New York artist Henry (schlebby Arye Gross) moves back to Montana to take care of his ailing grandfather, and begins of veritable marathon of romantic matches, mistakes, and misunderstandings. Hijinks ensue. It's all very silly, a little confusing, and highly engaging. It's no wonder festival audiences and DVD renters have responded so favorably
The major critical complaint about "Big Eden" seems to be that it isn't "realistic" enough--that is, it's a gay movie without bashing, AIDS, or self loathing. Ok, ok. Big Eden isn't an entirely real place. But I've never heard "Pretty Woman" criticized for not having enough cancer, or "Ghost" ridiculed for it's lack of wife beating. Perhaps those who see gay men and woman as essentially tragic figures may be disappointed by "Big Eden." But those of us who know our lives run the gamut from silly to sublime should enjoy our very own date movie moment.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Penny Duff on May 21, 2005
Format: DVD
Oh, that there were more gay movies like this one! It is a lovely, gentle story, one that flows and tugs at your heart. It's a movie that bears watching more than once. Oh, by the way, if you were looking for naked bodies and raw sex instead of an intelligent, gentle, beautiful movie, get something else. It doesn't need raw sex to make it an excellent gay movie!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Johnson on October 11, 2002
The only reason I saw this movie was to see Eric Schweig. Prior to seeing it, I had no idea it was a gay film. It took me by surprise how touching the love story is. No matter how straight you are, as long as you are not homophobic, you will laugh, sigh, and get frustrated along with Henry and Pike. I personally no longer saw two guys in love, but rather two people in love. They're so adorable!
The community portrayed in the film is the ideal world where no one judges the other in his/her sexual orientation. Here, senior citizens, church going members, and macho cowboys all root for these two men to get together! On top of it, these two men are of different ethnic backgrounds (Caucasian and Native American). Can there possibly be a more tolerant and ideal society as this?
It's truly a beautiful film. Recommended for gay/lesbian people (naturally), people who enjoy "chick-flicks", people who are stressed in the city and need a "time-out" by watching a relaxing and touching movie, Eric Schweig fans,etc.
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