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Sidney Poitier, Dianne Wiest, Mary Louise-Parker. Desperate to buy the land owned by a beloved craftsman and farmer in rural Georgia, greedy real estate developers try to have the uncomplicated Noah mentally incompetent. 1999/color/87 min/PG/fullscreen.

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  • Actors: Sidney Poitier, Mary-Louise Parker, Dianne Wiest, George Newbern
  • Directors: Gregg Champion
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Z2LLK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,517 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 12, 2008
Format: DVD
Noah Dearborn (Poitier) lives a simple life off the grid. He uses no electricity, even his car's an antique. The local people call him a "Carpenter God" and more than one local lady has fallen for his respectful grace.

But he's never been married. He only had a dog once. What means the most to Noah is his work and his land--and an out of town developer Christian Nelson (George Newbern) wants to buy the land to build a shopping center.

The offers start kind, $300, 350, 400--thousand dollars. Then, Nelson gets it in his head that anyone who won't sell their land to him is 'crazy'. That's when he calls in his girlfriend, Dr. Valerie Craine (Parker), a psychologist to assert just that so Nelson can get Noah committed and have the County seize his land.

Valerie quickly realizes that there's really nothing wrong with Noah. Noah's even managed to convince Nelson's company lawyer to give it all up to go to California and start a vineyard.

Unfortunately, Nelson is not going to be so easy to persuade. The conflict is inevitable, but the acting makes the whole story worth watching. The only reason this film got a 4 star rating is because of the rough cuts that brand it so obviously 'made for television' and distract the viewer at the critical moments.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Harrison on July 25, 2005
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Sidney Poitier, What else needs to be said. He has always been a class act and in this movie he reminds us of how important a stress free life is to our health. He has me wanting a life less complicated.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Neil Barto on March 20, 2007
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One of Sidney Poitier best performances. If you enjoyed Lillies of the Field you will like this one. In some ways it almost feels like a sequel to Lillies but it's not.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By bostess on August 21, 2009
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I originally found this video on Netflix, and watched everything but it. I kind of assumed it would be a cheesy Lifetime-esque movie (don't get me wrong I love Lifetime, you just have to be in a certain mood). Anyway, I watched it and wow. It is a very well acted movie. This is my first time watching Sidney Poitier and he exceeded expectations. The movie is filmed in a beautiful location (and that's not because I'm from Georgia either)and has a wonderful message. I highly suggest watching it, you may even come to Amazon to buy it like I did!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2001
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When my Mom said she wanted to rent this movie, I cringed. But hours later when the movie was over, I was deeply moved and touched. Sidney and the entire cast brought to life an incredible story of love, loss, humanness, and ambition. I was very impressed. It's a feel good movie that brings tears and laughter. Good to watch on a day when it seems humanity doesn't have a soul.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on January 27, 2000
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This is a charming "feel good" movie with an enchanting performance by Sidney Poitier. The character, Mr. Dearborn is so endearing and truly magical you will be spellbound. Sidney Poitier has won both my heart and respect with this delightful piece of work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on February 9, 2009
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I loved this movie, it is a clean, wholesome, good movie! We need more movies like this one!

Noah is a wise and noble man, who is also a gifted carpenter, and a very hard worker! Noah is one of the lucky ones, he loves his work, and he has found his place in this world! He loves his home and land, and his very special, wonderful, simple life!

But greedy land developers try every trick in the book to take Noah's land away from him, to build another stupid mall! But Noah ,ends up teaching all of them a thing or two! This is a heartwarming movie ,and I highly recommend it! And I just loved that little puppy in the movie, and Noah's old timey, beautiful farm!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Ernest on December 6, 2008
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The greaceful prescence of Sidney Poitier makes this movie something to behold. Tom Shales of the Washington post in his rave review called it "more than a movie...it's poetry. When the movie was first aired on CBS, it surprised everyone by attracting 27,000,000 viewers on Sunday night. Diane Wiest was nominated for an Emmy Award and Mr. Poitier won Best Actor at the NAACP Image awards. Mary-Louise Parkers performace helps drive the story and she is Luminous. A feel good fable that has something to say about the encroachment of modern civilization into a mans life that is untouched in its simplicity...and the secret of his agelessness.
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