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Surrender, Dorothy (2006)

Diane Keaton , Tom Everett Scott , Charles McDougall  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diane Keaton, Tom Everett Scott, Alexa Davalos, Lauren German, Josh Hopkins
  • Directors: Charles McDougall
  • Writers: Matthew McDuffie, Meg Wolitzer
  • Producers: Diane Keaton, Bill Robinson, Diana Kerew, Larry Levin, Lisa Zupan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQ45C4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,148 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Surrender, Dorothy" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director William Liddell and star Diane Keaton and
  • Commentary by director William Liddell and the cinematographer

Editorial Reviews

Academy Award(r) Winner Diane Keaton (1977, Actress in a Leading Role, Annie Hall) delivers one of the most dynamic and astonishing performances of her career in this moving story about the bonds of friendships, the strength of a mother's love ... and the power of letting go. With the simple phone greeting "Surrender, Dorothy," Natalie (Keaton) and her daughter Sara (Alexa Davalos) share the most intimate details of their lives. But when Sara's life is tragically cut short by a car accident, Natalie's grief is compounded by a shocking discovery: she may not have known her daughter after all. Determined to unlock the secrets of her daughter's heart, Natalie travels to the ramshackle beach house where Sara spent her summers and camps out with Sara's friends, including longtime childhood pal, Adam (Tom Everett Scott). But can she capture her daughter's essence and, more importantly, find a way to heal?

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recollections of Oz May 28, 2006
Charles McDougall's resume includes directing episodes on 'Sex and the City', 'Desperate Housewives', Queer as Folk', 'Big Love', 'The Office', etc. so he comes with all the credentials to make the TV film version of Meg Wolitzer's novel SURRENDER, DOROTHY a success. And for the most part he manages to keep this potentially sappy story about sudden death of a loved one and than manner in which the people in her life react afloat.

Sara (Alexa Davalos) a beautiful unmarried young woman is accompanying her best friends - gay playwright Adam (Tom Everett Scott), Adam's current squeeze Shawn (Chris Pine), and married couple Maddy (Lauren German) and Peter (Josh Hopkins) with their infant son - to a house in the Hamptons for a summer vacation. The group seems jolly until a trip to the local ice creamery by Adam and Sara) results in an auto accident which kills Sara. Meanwhile Sara's mother Natalie Swedlow (Diane Keaton) who has an active social life but intrusively calls here daughter constantly with the mutual greeting 'Surrender, Dorothy', is playing it up elsewhere: when she receives the phone call that Sara is dead she immediately comes to the Hamptons where her overbearing personality and grief create friction among Sara's friends. Slowly but surely Natalie uncovers secrets about each of them, thriving on talking about Sara as though doing so would bring her to life. Natalie's thirst for truth at any cost results in major changes among the group and it is only through the binding love of the departed Sara that they all eventually come together.

Diane Keaton is at her best in these roles that walk the thread between drama and comedy and her presence holds the story together.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Heals April 30, 2006
A bittersweet story of a mother discovering her own strengths after the sudden death of her beloved daughter. As the mom, Diane Keaton creates a wonderful character who tries to make sense of the death of her only child by inviting herself to spend the summer with her daughter's friends at their summer rental. At first she tries to take control of her daughter's memories, refusing to believe her daughter did not always confide everything to her, and kept many secrets to herself. As the summer progresses, she realizes how much her daughter meant to her friends and slowly surrenders to their comfort.

A wonderful cast and the charm of a seaside town add charm and warmth to this lovely film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Natalie Swedlow (Diane Keaton) and her daughter Sara (Alexa Davalos) certainly appear to have a close relationship. Mom will call and say, "Surrender, Dorothy," a reference to their yearly rituals of watching "The Wizard of Oz" when Sara was a kid. Mom will call up first thing in the morning on her cell phones and the two share a laugh as they let each other hear the sound of the man snoring in their bed. So they seem like a particularly close mother and daughter. The only thing is that it is always mom who makes the phone calls and always mom who uses the cute phrase. It would seem that only mom does not know that she is not on the same wavelength with her daughter.

Sara is spending the summer on the seashore in a place she rents with her friends. Her best gal pal is Maddy (Lauren German), who is married to Peter (Josh Hopkins), and who have a new baby. Sara's best guy pal is Adam (Tom Everett Scott), a playwright, who has a new lover, Shawn (Chris Pine). Things are going fine, except for the constant phone calls from her mom, and then there is a car accident and Sara ends up dead. Natalie is so distraught she does not let any of Sara's friends attend the funeral. In fact she is the only mourner there. But then three sleepless days and nights later Natalie shows up at the house with two bags of groceries, which is supposedly suppose to buy off her daughter's friends so that they will tell her what she wants to know about Sara's final days.

Peter argues for cutting Natalie some slack; after all, she just lost her daughter. But Adam, denied the opportunity to attend his best friend's funeral and rebuffed in his request to have a memento by which to remember Sara, wants her gone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surrender, Dorothy March 7, 2013
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Another old movie with Chris Pine. It had a great cast and I enjoyed it very much. Again, thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She is a great actress... January 24, 2013
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She is a great actress...Surrender, Dorothy
Diane Keaton...interesting story very real and very honest and had to buy it after seeing it on cable.
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I don't understand how a talented actress like Diane Keaton manages to end up in dire movies like this one.
To be honest, I had no idea this movie even existed until amazon suggested it while I was browsing something. I love Diane Keaton and this cost 5 bucks, the storyline sounded really interested so I bought it.

The movie was probably made on a shoe-string budget and it shows. The image quality is bad, it's VHS-bad. The story, the dialogue, the situations, are often cringe-worthy and they are almost uncomfortable to watch. Not "Nicole Hofcener" realistic hard to watch, but really, like, wtf? This is the classic movie where so many times you ask yourself "why don't they....???"
I don't know what to say to prospective buyers. Even the presence of favorite actors like Keaton, Josh Hopkins, Tom Everett Scott, Chris Pine! I mean, man-candy galore. Still doesn't really help.

There are two commentary tracks, surprisingly, one with Diane Keaton herself. She must really care about this movie, I'm kind of curious to hear what kind of commentary it is. Actually, not curious enough, for this movie. I'll leave it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value and Price
Superb Movie ...A Hidden Gem... Great Value and Price...
Published 1 month ago by Gerald Shattuck
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This movie sucked.
Published 2 months ago by Mary
3.0 out of 5 stars not great but is still
okay, not great but is still entertaining
Published 3 months ago by Dennis Howard
3.0 out of 5 stars A Short-Lived Drama
With the simple phone greeting "Surrender, Dorothy," Natalie (Diane Keaton) and her daughter Sara (Alexa Davalos) share the most intimate details of their lives. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Taheen Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
good movie, Diane Keaton was very good, I bought the movie becuase Chris Pine was in it. Not his best work but the mover was much better then I thought it would be.
Published 11 months ago by chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I love Diane Keaton! This movie makes you think about how short life really is. Just an all around great movie!
Published 11 months ago by Lace
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for a lazy day!
Very poignant movie - excellent cast. Worth watching for sure on a rainy Saturday afternoon! I especially liked the character development and Diane Keaton was just, well,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by A,E, McKay
3.0 out of 5 stars Regular
The story is not so interesting, it could have been much better, the topic was giving 4 more
The interpretation was good, Diane Keaton was very nice in his action, like... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kindle fan
3.0 out of 5 stars DON'T WAIT TILL IT'S OVER(LIFE I MEAN)
Published 19 months ago by JOAN DAVIS
3.0 out of 5 stars A New Generations Big Chill
This movie is worth a watch! A group of young friends are vacationing in a summer house when tragedy strikes and a character is killed in a car crash. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Randall Ross
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