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Marvin's Room

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Hollywood's hottest star, Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception), gives an electrifying performance as the criminally rebellious son in this funny and stirring tale of one family's humor and heartache. Seventeen years ago, fiercely independent Lee (Meryl Streep, Its Complicated) left home...and left behind her kindhearted sister Bessie (Diane Keaton, Morning Glory) to care for their father, Marvin. But now Lee is returning with her teenage son (DiCaprio) for a homecoming that's sure to turn the entire household upside down. Also starring Robert De Niro (Little Fockers), this entertaining motion picture proves that people you know the least may be the ones you need the most.

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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Thayer on October 26, 2004
Format: DVD
One of the best dramas of the 90's. I've seen this movie a number of times since its release and it never fails to move me. It is a story of two estranged sisters whose life choices drove them to different paths but after years of no contact brought them together again when one needs a bone marrow transplant due to cancer. That's when they had the chance to talk about unsaid feelings and provide them a closure. Diane Keaton played the sister with the cancer and Streep the sister who'll try to give the transplant. Leonardo di Caprio (underrated actor) plays Streeps rebellious son and De Niro has a semi cameo as Keaton's doctor. The titular Marvin is the father of Streep and Keaton whose been dying for years without actually dying.

Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton were perfection. I especially enjoyed Streep's performance. It was fun seeing her play a bitch and she nailed the role. But Diane Keaton ultimately takes over the movie especially in the end. I was deeply moved by her performance, so natural and true that it stays with me long after the movie ends.

There's a moving scene towards the end of the movie, when out of the blue Keaton said to Streep that she's very lucky because her life was full of love and then Streep consoled her and said yes many people loves her. But Keaton said it's not about that. What she meant was she's very lucky to love her dad and her aunt so much. Makes you realize that the best feeling in the world is to love someone regardless whether reciprocated or not. The ending was just perfect, it's still sad but in a good way where the characters reached the peak of their character arcs. It's a triumphant ending.

I recommend this film to the highest regard possible. It's full of heart and I don't want to say life lessons because the movie ain't preachy, but I guess in some ways made you think about your own life.

Grade: A
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Barry on January 28, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is based on Scott McPherson's off - Broadway play. It has been turned into a wonderful little movie. A movie that is sort of one of those lost gems. Meryl Streep heads an impeccable all star cast as a woman who comes back in contact with her long estranged sister, played by Diane Keaton. Keaton's character has been taking care of her and Streep's very old and very ill father(played so realistically by Hume Cronyn). Keaton's character then finds out that she has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. The only donors that can help are Meryl and her wayward kids(headed by the solid Leonardo DiCaprio). Meryl and the kids head down to Florida where Keaton is and, well, they bring along some of their own little dysfunction. The movie is sad, but not in the ball your eyes out way. It avoids the usual scenes of death beds and a huge dying scene. None of that is here. The movie is about the family, and the two estranged sisters coming together. Not to mention Meryl's character coming to terms with her son Hank(Leo). The film definitley hits some emotional highs, but it's not, as I've said above, the usual way we've seen it a hundred times before. Robert De Niro appears in a fairly small role as Keaton's character. He also co-produced the film. Our main stars here all shine brightly. Keaton is great, as always. Meryl and Leo makes their characters believeable, if not very sympathetic. In the end, it's Keaton who shines the brightest. Marvin's Room is a nice family drama that was horribly overlooked and forgotten by most people. Give it a chance.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Golden Girls fan on April 5, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Words cannot express how much I love this movie! I bought like 8 copies of it and gave them out for Christmas. The music makes me cry and I love the story. My family is sorta like the one in the film and my grandpa is a lot like Marvin. It was very easy to relate to the story. Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Leo, Gwen Verdon, Robert De Niro and Hume Cronyn all deserve Oscars and I don't know why that Academy can't recognize great stories when they see it but Keaton deserved her Oscar nomination for Best Actress and did Meryl's Golden Globe nomination. I truly loved Verdon's performance as she reminds me of my grandmother, Leo was terrific and should stick to roles like this more often. I'm still peeved that the Academy didn't give this more Oscar nominations. This is one of the greatest family films to come out of Hollywood in like forever and all should see it. It presents a strong moral of family life and should make others see that we need each other somewhere in our lives and should just lay aside our petty differences about each other. I love this movie so much I encourage all to see it. Box office grosses and awards don't matter with a film like this. My deepest admiartion goes to the writer and director of this film and to Rachel Portman for her touching music. I bought the soundtrack and it is one of the greatest I've heard in years. "TITANIC" has nothing on it and I love it as well. As you can tell, I really, really love this movie! NOW GO SEE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charles Stern on June 10, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Initially performed off Broadway in 1991, "Marvin's Room" was written by a man by the name of Scott McPherson. At the time, he, his lover, and a number of their friends were suffering from the effects of AIDS. "We all take care of each other," McPherson wrote in the play's program, "the less sick caring for the most sick. But at times, an unbelievably harsh fate can be transcended by a simple act of love." "Marvin's Room," is about just this. By no means is it a story about cancer or terminal illness. Instead, it leaves all television "disease of the week" cliches at the door, and stands as a gut wrenching testament to the healing power of love. Eloquently brought to screen in this handsome production, "Marvin's Room" loses none of its beauty in its transition to film. The performances are excellent across the board with Meryl Streep, and Diane Keaton shining in their roles, and Gwen Verdon and Leonardo DiCaprio giving equally fine work. Veteran stage director Jerry Zaks does an excellent job with his material as the picture is filled with several moving images and moments. It is hard to forget the scene in which Lee is pictured cutting her older sister's wig, or when Hank is finally shown reaching out toward his aunt. But of all the film's many well executed moments, nothing can match the story's touching and emotional ending for its shear impact and genuine humanity. Watching this film is pure cinematic joy. There are moments of pure hilarity, and scenes so moving that the viewer's heart almost stops. There is no bathos, or sentiment in this movie. Just simple and honest feeling and emotion.
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