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Magic of Belle Isle (2012)

Morgan Freeman , Virginia Madsen , Rob Reiner  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,625 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,625 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008B9JTFO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Morgan Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a famous Western novelist whose passion for writing hits an impasse. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, befriending the family next door an attractive single mom (Virginia Madsen) and her young daughters who help him find inspiration again.

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148 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Songs Without Words" (OP.53 .1) - Mendelssohn July 10, 2012
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"I respect consistency". Author Monte Wildhorn (Morgan Freeman) says it best, if he were to refer it toward the apt direction of Rob Reiner, in this melodic and poetic spin on the movie.

Reiner weaves a story throughout a story, while Freeman and Virginia Madsen (Charlotte O'Neil) dance triumphantly within its web. The movie is candidly real, hopelessly romantic, and overwhelmingly personal. I laughed out loud and was just as moved to tears all the way through. Just a simple plot, with a burnt-out, disgruntled author who is alcohol swilling and unflinchingly sarcastic, along with a struggling mother that is positive and beautiful, although quite lonely while living next door. In this setting there is nothing really new. There is, although, so much depth to the main characters, the people of the town riddled throughout and in Wildhorn's life.

It is in this that makes this particular movie so worth your time; the ride which Monte takes from the point A to point B. It may not seem like too much of a trip but for this closed-off man, the jump is quite thorny while we question if everything will come up roses for him. What first may appear to be predictable may not end in the way it will seem at the outset. This is a movie of the heart, one that has the power to tug tightly on the emotions of those who are prone to love these types of films.

Monte possesses the most foul attitude because of life's misdealt cards that he's rigidly holding onto. As he moves into a new town for the summer, he begins to meet people, usually on his terms, and slowly begins to see people for how they really are. He may be in a deep grip of emotional pain in the beginning of the movie, although so are many others in their own lives right there in town.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Magic is the Film Itself October 29, 2012
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It is difficult to add to all the superlatives about this film. Great story. The kids in the film are wonderful, particularly the middle daughter. This film is about creativity and inspiration, but it is also about the way human beings depend upon each other for that magic we call a good life, a life worth living. This is one of those little gems, like Field of Dreams, that makes film-making itself appear to be magic.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! I Love it! June 22, 2012
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Just watched this movie, I thought it was wonderful! Very refreshing content and character. Love Morgan Freeman as an actor and Rob Reiner as a Director!
Plan to watch again before rental expires, definately a must for the collection.
A must see movie!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my new favorite movie October 31, 2012
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I had never heard of this movie, but I rented it because of Morgan Freeman acting in it. This movie made me laugh, cry, and was a great treat. This is my new favorite movie. I love how the lives intertwine and the healing winds through everyones life in a touching and believable way. It was charming, and even when it took predictable turns they were unpredictable and clever. I would definitely watch it again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie November 2, 2012
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I highly recommend this movie. For all of us, at times in life, things seem so beak, so sad, we ask ourselves why bother to go on? This movie shows the power of friendship and how important being connected to others while going through these "difficult" times. Friendship is the gift to help us grow and work through adversity to build happiness and contentment. Morgan Freeman and the cast do such a wonderful job in showing the healing power of friendship. This is a great movie, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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78 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morgan Freeman's still got it July 10, 2012
MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE (Dir. Rob Reiner, 2012, 110 minutes) is a nice, quiet family film that is also a Morgan Freeman extravaganza (comparatively speaking). I just loved it, but it may not be to everyone's liking in this hyperkinetic, wire-fu-violence-driven cinema atmosphere.

Freeman plays grumpy, washed-up alcoholic Western writer Monte Wildhorn (great imagination with the character's name, but don't let that put you off). He decides to summer-sit a house at a location I understand is Greenwood Lake, NY - but is called Belle Island Village according to the town limit's sign. This confused me since they are clearly not on an island but at the lakeshore (someone refers to the lake), with some weird rocklike forested island (clearly CGI) off the coast, an island also called Belle Isle (or Belle Island, take your pick).

By the way, Mr. Helper, "belle île" is the correct term for "beautiful island" in French. Some cultures spell it "ille" and my great-great grandmother, who was Belgian, might have said "île jolie". So I do suppose "belle isle" is the acceptable Anglicization; I was certainly not questioning that nor does my review even address that.

Another helping hand informs me: 'As Monty and Henry ride into town, a sign is seen which says "Welcome to Belle Isle".' That is very good to know, I was certain I'd seen the sign in the movie but could not recall what it said. So ... welcome to Belle Isle VILLAGE, everyone! Because that is exactly what that sign says, even though the denizens call it Belle Isle.

Anyway, Wildhorn has long since abandoned writing and devotes himself to guzzling booze. That is, until a fine lady and her three young daughters enter his life and cheer him right up, the end.
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