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  • Actors: Bonnie Hunt, Chris Sarandon
  • Directors: Tim Kirkman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E0WJUK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,349 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Loggerheads" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary track by writer/director Tim Kirkman
  • Interviews with actors Bonnie Hunt and Kip Pardue
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Tim Kirkman wrote and directed Loggerheads, a film that follows three different storylines that all transpire over the course of a Mother's Day weekend, but take place at different times. One of the stories features a man who arrives in a coastal North Carolina town in order to preserve turtles that are endangered. He becomes involved with a local businessman and must decide where he feels in his heart that he belongs. A second story concerns a woman who begins to feel her small-town changing in ways that frighten her. She must face these changing social realities while constantly listening to the speeches of her minister husband. The third storyline involves a woman who intends to spend the weekend celebrating the holiday with her own mother while also attempting to make contact with the child she gave up for adoption years before. Loggerheads was a selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi


For such a quiet and understated movie, Loggerheads has a lot of ambition: In addition to being a gay love story, it's also about the push and pull between parents and children, the hairline fractures in a marriage, and the delicate balance of a neighborhood. A troubled woman (Bonnie Hunt, Return to Me) seeks out the child she gave up for adoption; a gay motel owner (Michael Kelly, Dawn of the Dead) takes in a handsome drifter (Kip Pardue, Imaginary Heroes); and the wife (Tess Harper, Tender Mercies) of a preacher (Chris Sarandon, The Princess Bride) frets that a gay couple has moved in across the street. All of their lives will intersect as Loggerheads subtly draws out their secret losses and desires. Maybe too subtly--trying to avoid melodrama, the movie may have avoided some emotionally potent scenes. But the cast is superb throughout, all giving vivid and genuine performances; there's not a false note through the entire film. Also featuring Robin Weigert (Deadwood) and Michael Learned (The Waltons). --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

I like happy endings, but when it comes to have a sad one, I do like a good reason for the non-happy ending.
E. Rosa
The adult gay male adoptee, rejected by his adoptive father, identifies with the infant turtles as they head for the sea to find their mothers.
Frances Scalise
The writer-director of this film created a beautifully told story with a subtle, yet genuine feel for it's characters.
C. Ayers

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Expressed Reviews TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 3, 2006
Format: DVD
I found "Loggerheads," to be a profoundly moving film with deep roots that takes the viewer on a spellbinding journey through the interwoven lives of three people, whose life changing decisions all come to a head over a Mother's Day weekend in different sections of North Carolina.

What makes the film so unique is that it takes place over a three year period, jumping back and forth between the years and captivating the viewer with the truly difficult and life-altering decisions that the characters have to make.

This captivating film is accompanied by a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack that adds greatly to the impact of the film and characters. The eloquence and intricacy of the story line, combined with the intensity of the characters leaves the viewer spellbound. "Loggerheads," is an artistic and masterfully produced film that is based on a true story. The characters are real, nothing is over done, all of the dialog is low key, subtle, yet profoundly effective and incredibly moving. This film is not your usual Hollywood drama, it is so much more than that. The actors do such a fine job that you are left wondering if they are acting at all. This is a genuinely moving film that will take you on a realistic journey that could happen to any of us. All of the pieces of the film come together at the end. It's the kind of film that you watch and then when it's over, you sit for several minutes trying to absorb all that you have just seen. It is a life like and down to earth story and I highly recommend it to all.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Ozment on May 1, 2006
Format: DVD
Loggerheads is one of those movies that touch you in a way that stays with you long after the credits roll. I had the pleasure of watching this incredibly beautiful movie this past weekend and I am still mesmerized by it. I find myself sad with an aching heart knowing that Loggerheads was based on a true story and knowing that there were all these people effected by the NC adoption rules of the time.

I ache for the birth mother longing for her son that she was forced to give away at birth. I am sad for the adoptive mother that, be it through religious beliefs or how she was brought up to believe, let her adopted son go away and never be sought after. But most of all I ache for the son, the baby abandoned by a birth mother, abandoned a second time by an adoptive mother and yet still manages to hang on to life and try to do something good, such as saving the endanagered sea turtles on the North Carolina Coast. All the while, underneath, harboring a belief that he was never wanted by anyone.

The casting of this movie was excellent. From Bonnie Hunt who played Grace, the birth mother, to Tess Harper, the adoptive mother, Chris Sarandon, the adoptive father and Michael Kelly, the man whom Mark (played by Kip Pardue) befriends and finds a kindard soul.

The outstanding member of the cast, for me, was Kip Pardue. Not only did he lead the movie with the grace that was needed, he pulled through on every scene and made me love Mark so much that I cried when he hurt. Kip is a beautiful man, no doubt. Much like a model, he's so beautiful. But, that's the outside. I don't pretend to know him, but he brings a presence to the screen, almost like an angel effect. He seems so sweet, so kind. This is exactly what I believe was needed to make Mark our angel.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dr. L.N.G. on March 25, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Having been involved with adoption for over 25 years - and being personally acquainted with the birthmother - I wondered...could this film truly do justice to the issues that it was attempting to dissect on open screen? And, it did! This movie is an lasting tribute to those involved in adoption whose lives are caught in the balance of what we know to be the adoption triangle. My only regret being that the birthmother was never able to give her son the depth of her love ~ what a much better world this would have been for that one act of connectivity to have occurred. The ability to find healing of broken hearts and spirits should never be legislated, as so many states have and continue to attempt to do over the decades. I recommend this movie to anyone wishing to embark upon a journey which many of us have already taken in one form or the other.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 19, 2006
Format: DVD
Loggerheads are turtles, found along the coast of North Carolina, whose lives are unique in that the females always return to the beach where they were born to lay their eggs, hatch their young who in turn by moonlight go out to sea only to return to their origin to repeat the life cycle. The film by the name LOGGERHEADS relies heavily on this phenomenon: it is set in North Carolina and is guided by the young man Mark (Kip Pardue) who opens the story sleeping on the beach in Kure Beach, NC where he studies and protects the loggerheads.

A complex and challenging film, writer/director Tim Kirkman (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, Dear Jesse) calls upon a true story to bring up questions of adoption in all the permutations of the triad, homosexuality, religious intolerance, bigotry, AIDS, and the longing for love and forgiveness. Kirkman sets his story in three years - 1999, 2000, 2001 - a fact that can be disconcerting until the flow of the film reveals the need to separate the events in time.

Mark is befriended by George (Michael Kelly) who is a kind young man, owning a motel, and who provides a room for the beach sleeper Mark. Mark quickly informs George that he has AIDS, thinking that George's kindness is a barter. But George is a true friend and their relationship grows slowly and with mutual trust as they learn the secrets of their pasts: George's lover 'drowned' in a mysterious accident; Mark ran away from his adoptive parents when they discovered he was gay; both men are tender and vulnerable souls afraid of further commitment.
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