Marvin's Room 1996 PG-13 CC

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(129) IMDb 6.7/10
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A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.

Starring:
Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

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Marvin's Room

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Jerry Zaks
Starring Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio
Supporting actors Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Hume Cronyn, Gwen Verdon, Hal Scardino, Dan Hedaya, Margo Martindale, Cynthia Nixon, Kelly Ripa, John Callahan, Olga Merediz, Joe Lisi, Steve DuMouchel, Bitty Schram, Lizbeth MacKay, Helen Stenborg, Sally Parrish, Quintin Bennett
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Customer Reviews

I love this movie so much I encourage all to see it.
Golden Girls fan
Essentially it is about death and illness being an integral and inescapable part of life, and what love can achieve for us when we approach tragedy and loss with love.
Anne Rice
Marvin's Room stars Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diane Keaton, and Robert DeNiro.
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35 of 35 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shashank Tripathi on April 2, 2004
Format: DVD
Instead of the usual over-the-top heavy-sentiment scenes in a dysfunctional family, Marvin's Room finds a clever, non-contrived way to end by leaving its characters at a magical moment of mutual understanding. It is one of the most powerful endings I've ever seen in a film.
Greatly acted by almost everyone (including a very young Leonardo Di Caprio), great score, excellent screenplay, a tinge of wry humor through it all, and gutwrenching emotion.
I picked up the DVD for Streep, and found her character a little one-dimensional. But when I really think of it, the most remarkable thing about the film is how it reveals how similar the two sisters are, despite their non-trivial character differences. Both abandon one part of their family to sacrifice for another part -- they each merely take different parts, and that's why Lee's character is not as bad, selfish or one-dimensional as she first seems. Lee's problem was understanding love. Despite all her lovers, Lee (Streep) had to learn the real meaning of love from her spinster sister Bessie (Keaton).
Worth buying, as anyone with a heartbeat will watch this gem more than once. Highly recommended.
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