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Crystal River (2007)

Sean Patrick Flanery , Emily Carpenter , Brett Levner  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Patrick Flanery, Emily Carpenter
  • Directors: Brett Levner
  • Writers: Brett Levner
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vanguard Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013D8LUO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,283 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Villagers Paul and Davie Nance would be perfectly happy, except for four consecutive miscarriages. She transfers her nursing side to Baptist parish volunteer work. Thus she cares for grumpy, sickly, infidel old neighbor, Olin Arrendal, better than the registered nurse. Grateful, he makes her meet his cheeky, stray-Methodist grandson Clay, who moved in to get to know his grandfather. Davie soon finds Clay's knavish charm irresistible, he's amused she 'stalks' him. Then things turn.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It has its moments April 8, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
*Contains spoilers.*

I'm with the other poster who said she only watched this due to SPF. It delivered in that regard. His acting was well-done as always, and for those who care, he's shirtless in a couple of scenes.

I think Ted Manson stole the show though as the grandfather. The scene where he's trying to get the preacher to go away is pure gold. Actually, I think it's the best scene in the whole film.

The story-line itself is...just okay...I felt like there was too much going on for one movie, and a lot of the characters don't get properly explored so that I can care about the things I'm supposed to care about. We get hints about different characters and who they are, but we only get hints until something major happens. The sister is a somewhat stereotypical rebel with her single streak of blue hair. Her boyfriend rides a motorcycle and doesn't go to church, so he must be bad news. Oh, it turns out he is. The "certified asswiper" Danielle is (again stereotypical) white trash struggling to take care of her baby and hold down a job. However, since she seems to care about said job so little, it's hard to feel sorry for her. Heck, she's even willing to give away her baby just so she can take her ex (Mr. Motorcycle) back, because he's not ready for children.

Then, there's the almost glacial pace the movie moves at for about the first 45 minutes. Scene transitions could have been done so much better and there are places begging for background music/noise. In addition, Emily Carpenter's acting wavers between okay and atrocious. It seems like she wrote/produced the movie and cast herself as the lead. Bad move.

Even with all of that, the biggest problem in this movie for me was that there wasn't a clear point.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars raw humanity at the core July 8, 2008
Crystal River is absolutely incredible.. it is subtly astounding-- one of the most genuine and beautiful reflections of raw, rugged humanity I've ever seen..

The clashes between the accepted and unaccepted, the brutal realities of heartbreak, tragedy and matters we cannot control, and the tender connections between human souls all struggling to find their place are so simply and brilliantly portrayed in this piece.. and the denominational rivalry is just hilarious.

A real and relevant story, lovable characters, and the universal idea that we are all still searching-- it is a quiet film, yes, but one that should not be bypassed.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie I have ever seen April 7, 2013
By debo
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I have only given this movie 1 star because it made me! Terrible, dont waste 2 hours of your life, move on quickly!! Im sure your sock drawer needs rearranged or something....
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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While the movie does show the struggles of life, it is not faith based at all. The movie mocks religion, Baptist specifically. Spoiler alert..... The entire movie in a nutshell, Baptist church that only wants to baptize you, not tell you how to be saved, biker boy friend with choir girl, married woman who miscarries several times, hangs out with new younger man, leaves husband and ends up along with the choir girls baby because the biker doesn't want kids.

bad waste of time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best M/F friendship movie September 15, 2009
By Running
This is by far my favorite romance movie. Well...actually, it isn't a romance movie, but more like a friendship movie. If you love movies such as Casablanca, the Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Ghost, etc., then this movie may be too slow for you. It's not your typical romance but a very romantic "friendship" movie. Again, this is my favorite "romance" movie and very suitable for people who wants the male/female relationships without commitment in life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie July 6, 2014
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great love story leave you in a great move all the cast was great
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1.0 out of 5 stars Trash June 26, 2014
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Who could possibly consider this a faith based film. Just because it had a few scenes in a church??? The main character was married to a perfectly nice man who seems willing to accommodate her in any way and then she dumps him for the guy across the street. She then has the nerve to stand up in church and ask the pastor where the victorious Christian life is to be found. It wasn't even worth one star in my opinion.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginning, Dissapointing End June 14, 2014
By Leeann
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This movie had promise. But when she began throwing her marriage away it lost it's appeal. I mean really, life is tough, suck it up. Yes, her husband was the one who left, but she was the one who somehow felt it was okay to go gallivanting off in the night with another man. Her husband was trying. She wasn't. She was just being stupid. I see enough stupid in real life, I don't need to watch it in a movie under the pretense that its just fine.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Raunchy! It is not a Christian film, but degrades everything Christ stands for.
Published 3 months ago by Diana
2.0 out of 5 stars Slice of Life
Liked the actors & the setting. The conclusion of the story was baffling to me & left me feeling unsettled.
Published 4 months ago by Gravel Gertie
4.0 out of 5 stars Very realistic look at everyday lives of those who are trying to make...
I was a bit surprised at the outcome, although it was most likely very representative of how life turns out
for those who don't truly find their spiritual journey centered in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ronald Lee Kirk
3.0 out of 5 stars When you like an actor, you watch lot of crazy things.
It might not be fair for me to review the movie since romantic drama type films aren't really my thing. But I love Sean Patrick Flanery so when he's in a movie, I'll watch. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars a little troubling
was kind troubling that she had the affair right infront if her husband. and then finds out ge doesnt even want kids. then she just walks back in to the other life i asume.
Published 10 months ago by gladys wilkinson
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Movie Ever
I did not enjoy this movie. The acting was bad, the story was bad and it had a terrible ending. Can't believe I actually watched the whole thing.
Published 17 months ago by Leslie Harms
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and true
I bought this movie for one reason: Sean Patrick Flanery. It was one of the best movies I have ever seen. Read more
Published on July 19, 2011 by Jule Kijek
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