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Horton Foote's - alone (1997)

Hume Cronyn , James Earl Jones , Michael Lindsay-Hogg  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hume Cronyn, James Earl Jones, Ed Begley Jr., Betty Murphy, Chris Cooper
  • Directors: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
  • Writers: Horton Foote
  • Producers: Matthew David Hensley, Michael Brandman, Steven J. Brandman
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R613
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,408 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Horton Foote's - alone" on IMDb

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performance by Hume Cronyn . . . October 25, 2009
I have long loved Horton Foote's plays and films. They find low-keyed but compelling conflict in the lives of ordinary people and require no melodrama or high-level excitement to keep you watching and caring. His "Tender Mercies" ranks in my Top 10 list of American movies and "The Trip to Bountiful" is not far behind.

The strengths of his best films are typically in the performances. He seems to create characters that actors can disappear into and portray in absorbing depth. In this film, it is the widowed Texas farmer, played by Hume Cronyn, who holds our interest. While he grieves the loss of his wife, there is also the matter of what to do with his farm now that he is "alone." Ironically, however, the prospect of striking oil on his land has left him anything but alone as he is harrassed by two nephews who are in for a share of any profits. And his two married daughters are a kind of sadly comic Regan and Goneril, one of them returning home with her unemployed husband.

Cronyn's aging patriarch is no King Lear, however. He remains the calm, self-possessed Rock of Gibraltar at the center of the domestic storm that swirls around him. His fatherly generosity and patience are never compromised by the wheedling manipulations of his family. He seems to understand that grown children must live by the choices they make and solve their own problems, and he remains unflappable from beginning to end. Cronyn is joined by a cast of fine actors, each turning in perceptive performances: James Earl Jones, Chris Cooper, Shelley Duvall, Hallie Foote, Piper Laurie, Ed Begley, Jr., Roxanne Hart, and Frederic Forrest. The ending, after all is said and done, is poignant and satisfying.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars do not miss this April 10, 2002
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This is a superlative drama, not to be missed. No car crashes, explosions, and what passes for "entertainment" these days. Just a beautifully rendered & tender human story. I can't recommend it highly enough!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars location April 4, 2013
By edtexas
How nice it would be if you told WHERE the film was made. Blanco?? Houston??
African Jungle???
I live in Blanco and Houston Texas. Some scenes seem very familiar to those locations.
respond by e-mail to if you care.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Horton Foote's Alone April 4, 2007
This one was ok, but I have seen better. James Earl Jones and Hume Cronyn

were both very good in this as always.
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