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Hearts in Atlantis (2002)

Anthony Hopkins , Hope Davis , Scott Hicks  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis, Anton Yelchin, David Morse, Mika Boorem
  • Directors: Scott Hicks
  • Writers: William Goldman
  • Producers: Kerry Heysen, Bruce Berman, Michael Flynn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2002
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UQ9V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hearts in Atlantis" on IMDb

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  • Scott Hicks interviews Anthony Hopkins

Editorial Reviews

Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis, David Morse. An enigmatic visitor helps a fatherless 11-year-old boy assert himself while staying at his mother's inn and avoiding dogged pursuers. An extraordinary tale based on two stories by Stephen King. 2001/color/101 min/PG-13/widescreen.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Low Men sans Yellow Coats February 16, 2002
Format:DVD
After Rob Reiner pulled Stephen King movies out of the B-movie cellar with Stand By Me (and later Misery), it is hard to remember the late seventies and early eighties era when a Stephen King movie meant cheesy production and bad acting. I think the resulting improvement in quality actually inspired better writing from Mr. King, though I have nothing to support my opinion. Perhaps King was simply improving with age and experience.
What I find most amusing is that the theatrical films based on King novels have become the most literary and introspective works, while the chills n' thrills are relegated to TV miniseries, i.e. Rose Red.
Hearts in Atlantis continues the string of successful King adaptations such as Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and the underrated Dolores Claiborne. Anyone who has read the book already knows the story of Bobbie Garfield and Ted Brautigan in the fateful summer of 1960. "Low Men in Yellow Coats" was the most powerful story in the collection that make up Hearts, and the title actually comes from the second novella in the book, which features different characters in another time and place. In the book, the Low Men were tied to Stephen King's Dark Tower mythos, and I was hoping the movie would keep that connection; however, the screenwriters decided to make the movie self-contained and turned the Low Men into shadowy government figures, definitely human and not nearly as scary. But that's a minor thing.
Anthony Hopkins was his usual excellent self, but I was especially impressed by Hope Davis in the thankless role of Bobbie's mother. She managed to convey bitterness, sadness, love and fear in a very understated performance. I totally bought this character and felt that she was far more complex than the character of Brautigan.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD COMING OF AGE FILM... March 23, 2002
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Not having read the Stephen King book upon which this movie was based, I had no expectations of this film. In fact, after seeing the film, I was surprised that it had been based upon a Stephen King book, as it seemed so far removed from anything to do with horror, the supernatural, or science fiction. It also has nothing to do with the lost continent of Atlantis.
The movie is, essentially, a coming of age film, and a particularly good one, at that. It opens with a middle aged man, Bobby Garfield (David Morse), returning home for the funeral of his childhood best friend. While there, he stops by his old home and begins reminiscing in his mind's eye, remembering growing up with those with whom he had lost touch, his now deceased friend and his first girl friend, Carol Gerber (Mika Boorem).
The viewer then sees eleven year old Bobby Garfield (Anton Yelchin) living with his selfish, self absorbed, widowed mother, Liz Garfield (Hope Davis) in that very same house. A mysterious older man, loner Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins), takes up residence in an upstairs apartment in that house. He becomes a sort of a grandfather figure to Bobby, and a warm relationship develops between the two. Bobby gets from Ted what he is unable to get from his mother. Ted helps Bobby at a time in his life, when he sorely needed an interested adult, as his mother seems unable or unwilling to step up to home plate.
Ted reveals to Bobby that some mysterious people, referred to only as the "low men" are after him. Ted enlists Bobby's aid in looking out for them. It also appears that Ted has some kind of extra sensory perception. It is a gift of which Bobby becomes aware, as Ted and Bobby begin to look out for each other.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, Stephen! One archtype after another! February 15, 2002
By Lori B
Format:DVD
Revisiting his boyhood home, Robert Garfield flashes back to age eleven, and his vivid memories as a rather sad, fatherless boy coming of age. Portrayed during the cold war era, Bobby (Anton Yelchin) lives alone with single-mom (Hope Davis). Befriended by mysterious new renter from upstairs, Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins), Bobby receives his rite of passage into manhood from Ted's quiet statements about life, such as, "You think your mother knows your thoughts, but she doesn't. That's a mother's power." and other empathic messages. For those who are seasoned literary artists, this statement, found at the heart of the film, arcs several situations being portrayed, the present one at the table where they're sitting, the certain abilities the "low men who wear dark hats and coats and cast long shadows" have in seeking out and finding Ted Brautigan, and again the overshadowed undercurrent an entire country felt during the hush hush of the cold war era about "mother Russia" (who at the time was deeply involved in harnessing certain powers). Have I left any out, Stephen? This is indeed a powerful film written by a Master that appeals to both the literary and general audiences. From the beginning of his career until now, his audience has also made it's rite of passage on the tidbits Mr Hopkins has shared with his faithful viewers. Who could pass up a King and Hopkins film? Bravo! Hearts in Atlantis is one of the most successful and heartwarming films of the century with a perfect cast of characters to carry forth the meaning of each role. Excellent job!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
The acting, the production, the story and the photography were outstanding. I wondered if Anthony Hopkins somehow had an influence on Anton Yelchin (who played the boy, Bobby), he... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sissy Kirsteen
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
a great movie anthony hopkins was great. keeps to the story as great side note. I really like the movie and the book
Published 1 month ago by Kristin Teeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly underated movie.
I accidentally rented this movie years ago and we think it is an extraordinary film. Very unusually plot. Anthony Hopkins is his usual great self -what a phenomenal actor. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Gripping! This is based on a SK novel. I feel Mr. King is stereotype as just a HORROR writer!!! That is so wrong. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Angelo Capasso Jr.
2.0 out of 5 stars FREEZES
I love this movie, however this review is about the disk itself. I bought it as a future re-watch so I did not watch it for several months. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SHAIN GRAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
The cover art doesn't begin to tell you how good the story is inside the box. The short story by King is excellent and the film actually does a close version of it.
Published 2 months ago by Mike Lefebvre
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay movie
I ordered this movie after reading the book. First off, the movie is only the first part of the book, which was okay, since the first part was the best. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. COYLE
4.0 out of 5 stars Fell a little short of Stand By Me
While the feeling invoked was reminiscent of Stand By Me, they simplified too much of the book's plot and characters for my tastes, and almost completely leached the fantasy/scifi... Read more
Published 2 months ago by goosealleygal
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, compared to book!
I have read this book many times. I would have given it 5 stars, however, it only showed one-third of the actual book. Also the ending was a bit trite...the book was more honest. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Susan Duschatko
5.0 out of 5 stars Hearts in Atlantis movie
Another excellent movie with Anthony Hopkins. The acting was superb, the plot was suspenseful, and dthe characters in general were believable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jack M. Cook
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