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Closing the Ring (2007)

Shirley MacLaine , Christopher Plummer , Richard Attenborough  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Mischa Barton
  • Directors: Richard Attenborough
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DJ7PSC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,227 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Closing the Ring" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A love story spanning more than five decades, Closing the Ring may appeal to fans of The Notebook. Academy Award-winning director Richard Attenborough (Ghandi) utilizes shifting time frames to tell the story of Ethel Ann and WWII fighter pilot Teddy. The two fall madly in love and secretly marry in a sweet ceremony that is destined for tragedy. When Teddy's plane is shot down in Belfast, he is discovered by an Irish boy who makes a promise to the dying soldier--he will return the wedding band to Teddy's young widow in the United States. Flash forward to the 1990s: An elderly Ethel Ann (Shirley MacLaine) is at her husband Chuck's funeral. He was never the love of her life and Ethel Ann had always lived her life full of "what ifs." Her grieving daughter Marie (Neve Campbell) notices the void, but can't comprehend why her mother has never been happy. When Teddy's wedding band is finally returned to Ethel Ann--50 years after his death--the memento opens up a floodgate of emotions, and Ethel Ann is able to get some closure on a part of her life that she has tried so hard to both forget and remember. As a family friend points out to Marie, "Everybody needs to cry, and your mother never did." At times slow and uneven, Closing the Ring rings true in the modern-day vignettes. MacLaine is exquisite in her role, as is Christopher Plummer as a longtime friend. But when the scenes flash back to the 1940s, the younger actors don't share the same on-screen chemistry or charisma. Mischa Barton is beautiful as the young Ethel Ann, but her moments with Stephen Amell (as Teddy) are a little forced. Campbell brings intelligence and gravity to her role, but is underused in the film. Viewers can't help wonder how different the tone of the movie may have been had she been cast as the younger Ethel Ann. --Jae-Ha Kim

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From Academy Award-winning director Richard Attenborough (Gandhi) comes this sweeping romance starring Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment), Christopher Plummer (A Beautiful Mind), Mischa Barton (TV's The O.C.), and Neve Campbell (The Company). Moving seemlessly through time, this lush epic follows a beautiful 1940's Michigan girl (Barton) secretly married to a WWII pilot who crashes in the hills near Belfast, Ireland. 50 years later his wedding ring resurfaces -- along with the smoldering secrets that have kept the widow (MacLaine), her estranged daughter (Campbell) and devoted friend (Plummer) each from finding true love.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to see Shirley MacLaine again January 7, 2009
I watched this film online and, since it appeared to be a low-budget film, I didn't expect very much, but as soon as Shirley MacLaine appeared, the power of the film became much more intense. Seeing her in this role reminded me of how moving she is on screen. I didn't realize until the credits came up that the film had been directed by Richard Attenborough. Shirley MacLaine makes this film worth watching. Christopher Plummer has an emotional scene that surprised me. And Martin McCann's performance was exceptional. I never expected to enjoy it as much as I did.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful tale of love, loss and healing January 31, 2009
I picked up this movie as a rental the other day, mainly because it was directed by Sir Richard Attenborough, but also because it had Shirley Maclaine and Christopher Plummer in it. I was very pleased with the movie - it is a poignant story that deals with the themes of love, loss, redemption and healing.

The story begins with a memorial for WW II vet, Chuck Norris in a small town in the US. His daughter Marie [Neve Campbell] is grief-stricken but her mother, Chuck's widow Ethel [Shirley Maclaine] seems unmoved and casually smokes outside the funeral hall. She is joined by Chuck's good friend Jack [Christopher Plummer] and we are taken back via flashback to the 1940s when Ethel[Mischa Barton] was a young girl in love with Teddy [Stephen Amell] and whose close friends are Jack [Gregory Smith] and Chuck [David Alpay]. All three men are in love with Ethel, but it's Teddy who wins Ethel's heart. When WW II begins, the boys go off to war, but not before a secret marriage between Ethel and Teddy. When Teddy gets killed in action whilst flying over Belfast,Ireland Ethel is grief-stricken and comforted by Jack and Chuck.

Back in the present, Ethel finds herself reminiscing about the past to herself, but is surly and silent with her daughter Marie who is bewildered by her mother's lack of grieving over Chuck's death. It is only when a young Irish lad Jimmy [Martin McCann] finds the gold wedding ring belonging to Teddy on Black Mountain in Belfast and contacts Ethel, that the past starts to unravel and Ethel finds herself having to confront some hard truths, including some surprising revelations.

The story itself flows well and the plot is cohesive.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Closing the Ring August 5, 2008
I don't know why this great movie wasn't shown here in the USA. It was made by one of the great movie makers, Sir Attenborough, stars Shirley McLain and Christopher Plummer and is a story about USA pilots in WWII. So far, you can't even rent the DVD here in the US. I saw the movie in Australia last year, 2007.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I'd never heard of this film, but given the impressive cast and crew involved (Richard Attenborough, for Pete's sake? Speaking of Petes, Pete Postelwaithe is here, too!), I thought it might be worth a go. And while the cast and crew do a serviceable job for the most part (ranging anywhere from great to poor), it's the script that really kills this one. More specifically, the dialogue. There is a good story somewhere in here (maybe a great story), but the words actually spoken are quite often so trite, cliched and cornball that not even such magnificent actors as Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine can overcome it. Sounds harsh, I know, but it really is that bad, particularly during the wartime flashbacks, which are painfully cheesy. I only sat through the movie to see how it wrapped up and how all the connections worked and everything, but even the ending is underwhelming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You're Free May 9, 2011
This was an wonderful film. It brought together two cultures and two periods in history in beautiful ways. The story was very sad and I felt it told more than just an isolated story. In many ways this was the story of the generation robbed of their youth, hopes and dreams by the terrible reality of WWII. However, the film was also incredibly funny. The Irish added tremendous comical detail, if you got it that is. Richard Attenborough created a lovely piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dorie December 9, 2010
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I really enjoyed this movie. Shirley MacLaine does an exellent job acting her parts. Many of her newer movies are better than the ones near the start of her career. And this is one of those movies. I will enjoy watching this movie again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Truely sad story November 29, 2010
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This is a well put together movie but I can't rate it over a 3 because it's too sad to be overly enjoyable to me.

Life's hard enough without falling in love is almost a quote from the movie. Of coarse if not for a war things wouldn't likely turn out that way so you might say war sucks is the obvious message you'll get out of it.

To be honest, I've been watching a lot of the OC on soapnet recently & bought this used for the topless scenes of Mischa Barton. If that's what you're looking for you will get a nice direct but short butt & 2 breast (one frontal & one side) shots.

I did enjoy the movie despite the sad events but I'd suggest a rental not a purchase. I can't see much appeal in watching it more than once. Used you can buy it for little more than a rental price if you think you will want to own it ... say if you're a Mischa Barton fan & want to check her out now & then but I'd rather just watch the OC myself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars MacLaine shines
CLOSING THE RING is an interesting film with a fine script and cast of characters.
Not your run of the mill plot. Worth viewing for sure.
Published 1 month ago by Doc T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Story
You can't really go into it expecting anything. You should keep an open mind when watching this film. There are a lot of historical discrepancies.
Published 4 months ago by MAC
2.0 out of 5 stars Both stars are for the soft lighting...
I suspect the idea behind all of this was reasonably good - in a hallmark hall of fame sort of way. With a certain set, I'm sure generation-spanning romance is a great draw. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rebekah C. Veach
5.0 out of 5 stars Closing The Ring
This movie is superb. It has a great storyline...and the cast is excellent. This is what classic movies are all about. If you like a good will love this movie! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Matti Kniva Spencer
4.0 out of 5 stars Closing the Ring DVD purchase
Wonderful DVD...just as described by seller. Fabulous transaction and a worthwhile product. The storyline to "Closing the Ring" is full of surprises and draws you in from the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by mdd
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, but potentially so much more
This was quite a good movie, really a 3.9 star rating, just shy of four stars. Certainly the storyline kept me involved, desiring to see how the characters might reclaim and... Read more
Published on November 17, 2011 by Long Ago
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Love Story
This is a wonderful love story, powerful and tragic. A young man and a woman fall in love. The man has to go to war. The woman is left behind. Read more
Published on October 8, 2011 by Profr R. Cohenalmagor
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this
If you love WWII and a good love story with a little mystery - this is for you. I really enjoyed this movie and am so glad I bought & watched it. Read more
Published on September 29, 2011 by MSBDallas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and deceptive.. a must watch
If it there were 10 stars it would not be enough to rate this movie.
....First it is not a sweet love story. Read more
Published on May 11, 2011 by Bonnie Paduan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Love, Loss, and redemption
This story was written around a real event that happened--the finding of a ring. I got this movie, because Mischa Barton was in it, and in my opinion, she is one of the most... Read more
Published on March 8, 2010 by Bob A. Gabbert
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