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The Golden Boys


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  • Actors: David Carradine, Rip Torn, Bruce Dern, Mariel Hemingway, Charles Durning
  • Directors: Daniel Adams
  • Writers: Daniel Adams, Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Producers: Daniel Adams, Anita Devlin, Brian Gilmore, Cassandra Gava, Chad Doe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BJGYK8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,956 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Golden Boys" on IMDb

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Having braved the treacherous seas most of their lives, three retired captains (David Carradine, Rip Torn and Bruce Dern) are now faced with their toughest challenge ever: living together. The three agree to advertise for a reliable, able-bodied woman to cook, care and keep the house. The Catch is: one of them will have to marry her so the other two can bunk for free. But their plans quickly capsize when lovely, strong-willed Martha (Mariel Hammingway) agrees to sign on as first mate in this delightfully romantic family comedy.

Customer Reviews

Watched it twice already, great discovery.
Linny
There was something missing from either the acting or the script, but I am not sure what.
Nev Okyay
A wonderfully funny, heartwarming romantic comedy.
Ye Olde Sea Dog

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Firtch on August 23, 2009
Format: DVD
It's the "old guys" who make this film worth watching--David Carradine, Bruce Dern, Rip Torn, and in a smaller role, Charles Durning. Carradine (we will miss him!), Dern, and Torn are all fabulous in their roles as old bachelors/widowers who need a housekeeper and decide one of them must take a mail order bride in order to get one. The whole thing is worth it just for the scene in which the woman they see emerging from the train "does not suit." Watching them scamper away and hide made me laugh out loud. Mariel Hemingway, who plays the woman they do like, is also worth watching. She brings dignity and a sense of mystery to her character. I wish we had seen more development of her character in this film--it felt like there was so much more to tell.

The reason that I only gave this film 3 stars is that if it weren't for the actors, I don't think I would have watched it all the way through. It's very light on plot, and entirely predictable. At times, it felt as if scenes that would have furthered the story were left out, and unnecessary scenes put in. There was plenty of room for more character development scenes with everybody, and a better explanation about a side plot concerning dispute over serving rum at the saloon. It looked and felt to me like this was a very low budget film that one of the guys agreed to do for a novice filmmaker--like for a grandkid or something. I do not know if that was actually the case, but I felt like saying "Not bad for a first try, but . . " This film did not have a professional feel to it, and it could have used more skillful writing/editing and tighenting of the scant story line, while expanding on the character development.

Still, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of any of the stars, or to anyone who wants a sweet, simple, low-tech movie with no violence or profanity.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sea Wolf on June 14, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Three cantankerous old men and a refined lady. A wonderful comedy set on (and filmed) on Cape Cod. For the locals, a challenge at times to locate set locations, but a lot of fun. I watched this being filmed, saw the film at a special screening and can't wait for it's release. And, I believe it was David Carradine's last film. He is very amusing in this as are the others we remember from their younger days.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Tomanek on June 17, 2009
Format: DVD
The first third of this film is hilarious. I just love the way the three old timer sea farers reach the conclusion that one of them has to marry in order that they have a housekeeper to share. The best is the hunt for a bride through the lonely hearts column. The lines are perfectly delivered - the facial expressions a scream to watch as the plan is hatched and an ad placed. But after the mail order bride arrives the movie becomes predictable. It is all grandad's fantasy as young women apparantly fall for 2 old men who look like they won't make their next birthday. Just 3 stars - but worth watching for the very funny first third of the film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina M. Messenger on March 25, 2010
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Now, I'll be honest. This movie isn't exactly in the Casablanca or Gone With The Wind class but I don't think it's really meant to be. It's meant to be the kind of movie that should be watched for enjoyment rather than one that be analyzes the human condition to the Nth degree or is meant to be propoganda for political correctness.

The movie is based on a 1904 story entitled: Cap'n Eri: A story of the Coast by Joseph Crosby Lincoln...and it's a delightful film that any beach/coastal/nautical enthusiast who also enjoys history and romantic comedies would enjoy. Hence the reason I liked it as well as I did.

I felt the director, Daniel Adams, did a pretty good job of translating Lincoln's book into film. I read someplace that Lincoln's literary works could be considered "celebrating Cape Cod" and you can clearly see that in this film. It is a celebration of a specific cultural heritage, plus a labor of love on the part of the director. I wish there would had been more in the movie about the US Lifesaving Service (predecessor of the US Coast Guard), but of course that is a movie-worthy story in itself...perhaps an idea for a future movie for Adams?

All of the actors did their roles, but I particularly enjoyed the acting on the part of the late David Carradine and Mariel Hemingway. The scenery was quite beautiful, and much of the movie was quite hilarious. I laughed my head off when the cat refused to eat the clam fritters. The subplot with the rum house issue was interesting, too. I like the way true friendship was demonstrated in those scenes. Mind you that Web Saunders character needed a kick in the butt, for sure...but even his role was played very well. One of the messages I liked in this movie was re: the treatment of age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cntrljerseyman on May 17, 2010
Format: DVD
"The Golden Boys" (aka "Chatham")taken place in my favorite place in the world, Cape Cod, and it is fun watching a period piece play out against a backdrop that is so familiar and beautiful to me. And, though simple, the story is touching, honest and hearfelt. And while the veteran cast is star-studded, the real delight for me was to watch David Carradine anchor the film with real tenderness and strength. His performance is really at the center of this film, and the chemistry between him and Mariel Hemingway (who is also excellent), is palpable. Carradine and Hemingway play two characters who want to see together, and who truly deserve one another. This is a fine little film with a slew of wonderful performances by longtime favorite actors.
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