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That Evening Sun

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Academy Award-nominee and ten-time Emmy-winner Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild) stars with Oscar-winner Ray McKinnon (The Blind Side) and Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska in this critically acclaimed gem. Fleeing the retirement home where his son abandoned him, Abner Meecham sets out to reclaim his beloved Tennessee farmstead - only to find it's been leased to an old enemy, the volatile Lonzo Choat. After Abner intervenes to protect Choat's daughter from her drunken father's abuse, events spiral toward a startling, violent climax in " exceptionally fine, richly atmospheric film." (Joe Leydon, Variety) Dedicated to the memory of the late Dixie Carter

Special Features

  • Feature Anti-Commentary with Scott Teems, Rodney Taylor and Travis Sittard
  • "That Tennessee Sun..." The Making of "That Evening Sun"
  • The Art and Craft of "That Evening Sun"
  • Cast Interviews
  • Crew Interviews
  • Trailer

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    • Actors: Hal Holbrook, Ray McKinnon, Walton Goggins, Mia Wasikowska, Carrie Preston
    • Directors: Scott Teems
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
    • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
    • Run Time: 109 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B003UM8T12
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,647 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "That Evening Sun" on IMDb

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    35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Alan W. Petrucelli on September 21, 2010
    Format: DVD
    We've always respected Harold Rowe Holbrook as an actor---witness Hal's 10 Emmy wins and one Oscar nod---but if there was ever even the teeniest quibble about just how good he is, we have three words: That Evening Sun. And please don't confuse this Imagine Entertainment release with Evening Shade, the TV '90s seires in which Hal co-starred with Burt Reynolds and Marilu Henner.
    The film, just out on DVD and Blu-ray, tells a simple and strong story.
    A man-strong, resolute-will not let his life disappear into the twilight. He will not let it vanish over the horizon. Instead, he will fight . . .to keep the things he loves, to confront the petty emotional robberies inflicted on the elderly. That Evening Sun is a tale of determination and hope played against the humid background of Southern gothic emotions. It got rave reviews---Variety hailed Hal's performance as a "career-highlight star turn as an irascible octogenarian farmer who will not go gentle into that good night."
    And on a touching, bittersweet postscript, the film marks the last screen appearance of Dixie Carter, Holbrook's real life wife, who died shortly after the film was made . . . and to whom the film is dedicated.
    Holbrook plays Abner Meecham, an aging Tennessee farmer living in a nursing facility where he has been placed by his son, Paul, who has no sympathy for a father's pride. But Abner has other ideas . . . and escapes to fulfill his dream of returning to his cherished farm and living out his final days in peace.
    But when he arrives, he finds that his son has betrayed him a second time.
    Paul has sold the lease of the farm to Abner's old adversary, Lonzo Choat. With the battle lines drawn, neither man is willing to give way.
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    27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Boghosian on August 2, 2010
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    I was very fortunate to watch "That Evening Sun" on the big screen in Los Angeles. It's cinematography and locations are visually stunning and apropos for the story. Of course, Mr. Holbrook is magnificent and perfectly cast for the lead role.

    What makes this film excellent IMHO is its modest, understated approach. Sure, it's a drama, but at no point does it get "dramatic" or overtly poignant. Rather than force feed his viewers with evocative music and gratuitous camera moves/angles, director Scott Teems trusts that viewers are able to sense emotional subtlety and subtext.

    I'm excited to hear Teems' commentary and watch the special features!
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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Druxman on August 29, 2010
    Format: DVD
    THAT EVENING SUN is one of those marvelous "little" pictures that usually gets lost in the shuffle because it's too little. On the other hand, if one is lucky enough to catch it, the film stays with them forever.

    Hal Holbrook, in what is perhaps the finest performance of his stellar career, plays Abner Meecham, a crusty old coot who escapes from his retirement home and returns to his farm, only to discover that his adult son (Walton Goggins) has "sold" it to a family that the octogenarian considers to be `white trash".

    Meecham, however, is a proud, stubborn man, so he moves into the sharecropper's cabin across from the main house, buys a barking dog for company and lays "siege" to the intruders. It is just a matter of time before events turn very ugly.

    Adapted to the screen by director Scott Teems from a short story by William Gay, THAT EVENING SUN is filled with well-defined characters of varying shades of gray. Meecham may, indeed, be the hero of the piece, but he is definitely a flawed hero, just as his antagonist (Ray McKinnon), for very brief moments, can evoke our sympathy.

    The ending to the story is now what one would expect.

    Mia Wasikowska, Carrie Preston, Barry Corbin and Holbrook's late wife, Dixie Carter, are effective in their various roles.

    © Michael B. Druxman
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay N. Bowker on March 26, 2011
    Format: DVD
    Every one I know in a nursing dreams of and asks to be taken home. In the opening scene Hal Holbrook's charcter does just that.. packs his bag and just walks out the door with a plan to return to his farm where he'd lived most of his life. He ended up in the nursing home, we learn because he fell and broke his hip home aloneand no one found him for a few days. When he gets to his farm he finds it occupied by a dirt poor young couple and their teen age daughter and sets about trying to reclaim it. It tells a heart wrenching story about him, his grieving for his wife, his relationship with his son and the family who are living in his house in a non emotional unmanipulative way. The core background story is a bridge we all have to cross first with our own aging parents and later ourselves as aging people no longer able to live safely at home. Showing us the mis steps along the way for this father and son allows us to consider it all as it relates to our own the bridge we cannot avoid crossing with our parents and eventually ourselves. Hal Holbrook of course is brilliant and absolutely perfect for the role.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Hayes-Lies on June 4, 2011
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    Hal Holbrook is a icon of the American theatre and
    cinema, he did not disappoint this time either.
    The movie is slow moving, which to me was a attribute
    considering the premise of the story...A elderly man
    who had lost his wife of many years, put into a nursing
    home by his children and his home sold..
    Well, Mr Holbrooks character wasn't taking that.
    He give a fierce performance of a elder man who is going
    to fight for what he believes is right...
    The supporting cast was great, Walton Goggins as always gave
    a A+ performance. Ray McKinnon and Carrie Preston as well
    were on the game...
    I highly reccomend this movie.THAT EVENING SUN
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