The Hawk is Dying NR

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(13) IMDb 6.1/10

George Gattling's unsatisfying life is transformed by a family tragedy, sending him into a battle of the wills with a wild red-tail hawk.

Starring:
Paul Giamatti, Michelle Williams
Runtime:
1 hour 47 minutes

The Hawk is Dying

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Genres Drama
Director Julian Goldberger
Starring Paul Giamatti, Michelle Williams
Supporting actors Michael Pitt, Rusty Schwimmer, Robert Wisdom, Ann Wedgeworth, Mark Campbell, Ayana Rhoden, Taylor Simpson, John Hostetter, Steve DuMouchel, Katie Dixon, Veryl Jones, Karl Anthony, Marc Macaulay, Bob Lipka, P.J. Lalka, Erika Medina, Matthew Stanton, Safari
Studio Strand Releasing
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Format: DVD
This movie is truly extraordinary, and the principal actor, who also starred in Big Fat Liar (Full Screen Edition) combines brilliant acting with a very capably trained hawk to provide one of the most satisfying 90 minutes of "tuning out" that I have enjoyed in some time.

Sure, this movie has every corney bit from the special child to the sexed up teen-ager to the idiot father that ran, but it kept my complete interest throughout. The hawk, and the man, came of age together, the man found love, and the hawk soared.

This is a GREAT movie.

Some others featuring animals as wildlife that I have enjoyed:
Dances with Wolves (Widescreen Edition)
The Edge
Black Beauty
The Snow Walker
A Man Called Horse
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on July 19, 2007
Format: DVD
***1/2

At what point, in a person's mind, does obsession finally turn to madness? That seems to be the question raised by "The Hawk is Dying," a grimly depressing yet strangely compelling film about a man possibly being pushed towards insanity by the bizarre, sudden death of the mentally retarded nephew he helped to raise.

The always intriguing Paul Giamatti plays George Gattling, a single man who lives with his sister and her teenage son near Gainesville, Florida. Gattling is determined to capture a wild hawk and train it to do his bidding, despite the fact that all his earlier efforts in that direction have resulted in tragic failures. After his nephew somehow drowns in his own waterbed when he is with a local prostitute (whom Gattling set him up with), Gattling begins to slip further and further into apparent madness, cutting himself off from family members and friends and becoming ever more obsessed with taming the hawk he has captured.

This is no easy film for the casual moviegoer to sit through. It is harsh, grim and depressing, and we're not always sure what the overall purpose of the film is at any given moment. Still, paradoxically, it is this very air of enigma, coupled with Giamatti'a bravura, tour-de-force performance, that most gives one reason to check the movie out. Giamatti is totally riveting as a man driven by an almost manic need to establish control over another living creature, even if that means relinquishing the hold on his own sanity a bit to do so. He receives superb support from Rusty Schwimmer as his good-hearted but dimwitted sister, and Michelle Williams as the prostitute strangely embroiled in the boy's mysterious death.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Belcastro on June 24, 2008
Format: DVD
The Hawk is Dying was an incredible movie - austere, honest, powerful, involving, dynamic, and real. Do yourself a favor, if you are into film that has artistic merit, watch this film.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Mackey, Jr. on September 24, 2007
Format: DVD
Transferring a Harry Crews novel to the screen is no easy feat, but director/writer Goldberger and his cast and crew have done an admirable job here. Crews fans should take note that the DVD includes a revealing 20-minute interview with the author (recorded recently at his home in Gainesville) as well a brief excerpt from Gary Hawkins's fine documentary THE ROUGH SOUTH OF HARRY CREWS. A must for the true Crews devotee.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason T. Jacobus on June 20, 2012
Format: DVD
Some of the reviews listed here are misleading. This film really had nothing to do with liberal propaganda or even politics at all. Which is one thing I like about it. I'm from the south, and the characters were spot on, almost hyper-realistic. What makes this film enjoyable is that it deals with common themes, death, animals, family, alienation, obsessiveness, and how these relate to the experience of meaningful relationships (that weren't necessarily scripted from Leave it to Beaver). It's also really funny at parts. Life fails to leave me extremely bored and in constant search of entertainment, and so I seldom lack the motivation to get a grasp on unsettling, personal experiences. The kind of which I enjoy recognizing in performances like this film. Equating existential perspectives with liberal propaganda does in fact display a very superficial understanding of film in general, so I'm cool with not doing that and ultimately being stereotyped in my reviews as unenlightened, and defensive of Christianity.

Giamatti is brilliant as usual. But this film was surprisingly good. Michelle Williams is gorgeous, pensive, brooding, and perfectly cast alongside Giamatti. The supporting actors were on-point and compelling. Indie director Julian Goldberg brought it all home. This film wanders and rambles, and veers from any sort of typical dramatic playbook, and somehow avoids getting lost in its own sentiment like so many other indie films unfortunately do. It's a careful, thoughtful, subtle film, and I'd include it among my all-time favorites.
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The performance given by Paul Giamatti was sterling; I've seen him in films before, but this one made me really sit up and take notice. The writing, the directing, and the acting all combined to make this a very satisfying film.
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Format: Amazon Instant Video
Although other Prime Instant Videos work fine, this one does not. Just a blank black screen. Would be nice if it worked.
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