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Feisty firecracker Hagar Shipley (ELLEN BURSTYN ) has lived an unconventional life. Her passionate heart has always ruled her head and her choices have put her at odds with family and friends. With her life nearly behind her, she sets out in search of a way to reconcile herself to her turbulent past. Through her reflections we come to know a passionate and rebellious young bride, her love for her two sons, the freedoms she claimed, and the joys she denied herself. Based on the best selling novel by Margaret Laurence.

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  • Actors: Dylan Baker, Ellen Burstyn, Janet-Laine Green, Cole Hauser, Peter MacNeill
  • Directors: Kari Skogland
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Handmade
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B001B73POE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,299 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kuehl VINE VOICE on October 16, 2008
Format: DVD
I have not read any of the CanLit that Margaret Laurence wrote - but after seeing this film it makes me want to make the time. I felt this was an impressive film that does not deserve the multitudes of slander and dislike for it that I read about so much.

Burstyn leads a great cast with the likes of Ellen Page, Cole Hauser, Kevin Zegers, Dylan Baker and out of nowhere - Christine Horne. The filming locations in Canada were beautiful, and the period recreations appeared very thorough (vehicles, homes, businesses, etc.).

The story of a woman's life from childhood to passing is flashed back and forth as we discover how the decisions in her life make her fate. You cannot help but think of Notebook in a variety of ways, but this story has so much more in realism and pessimism. The editing is done flawlessly to transport us between time periods, and the lady director (Skogland) helps add some nice feminine touches at the right moments.

Kari Skogland has another fan now after I watched the DVD docus and was VERY happy with how she had them made. The "behind the scenes" is not narrated and splices together random footage of actually making the film. The cast interviews were kept separate - something I wish more filmmakers would do.

I could not give it the higher rating because there was so much being left out or not elaborated on that I am sure had to be in the book. There were at least three story lines and two different sequences that begged for more but were cut short or not explained. I understand the gripes about the cover art, Ellen page has two pics (as she is very popular) front and back, but she is only in the film for a few minutes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Rose on December 21, 2008
Format: DVD
Though I'm a Californian, I've had a passion for Canadian writers for most of my life; especially Margaret Laurence and Alice Munro. I read The Stone Angel at least 30 years ago, and its disturbing themes stayed with me. I'm unsure how close the movie is to the book, but I wasn't disappointed. The cinematography was beautiful, the acting excellent, the disturbing themes were portrayed with a clear eye. Seeing any of the works of Laurence and Munro brought effectively to the screen is a joy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jolynn E. Winland on April 27, 2010
Format: DVD
I absolutely loved this book. It's one of 3 that I own that I can open to a random page and start reading. The story draws you in and you don't want it to end.
The movie--not so much. The characters on the screen were totally unrecognizable, both in description and personality. The time period was wrong. The storylines were incomplete, and if you hadn't read the book you wouldn't know why some of the things happened as they did. Important details were left out; things that didn't even happen in the book were put in.
The story is wonderful; I strongly suggest reading the book. I really wish that whoever made this into a movie would have left it alone and allowed someone who wanted to take the time to do the story justice to make it instead.
The acting, however, was very good. Ellen Burstyn never disappoints, and the appearance of Wings Hauser was a pleasant surprise. And yes, the scenery in the movie was beautiful.
I would love to have seen this cast in this movie with a better script.
Please-don't waste your money on the movie. The Movie Channel on cable runs it every now and then--wait and catch it on that. Better yet; buy the book.
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This was an unusual movie. I admit, I haven't read the book, but I also don't feel compelled to read it after watching the movie either. I'm not saying the movie was bad, but rather that it seemed like a book involving it might be a bit slow, since the movie was too. But it told the story of a very realistic woman.

The Stone Angel follows the life of Hagar. We are introduced to her as an old woman, who's son wants to put her in the nursing home. As she travels back to where she grew up, she also travels back in her memories as well, remembering her life. Most especially she remembers meeting Bram, her husband, and the grief it caused her father as he disowned her for marrying Bram. She has two sons, and its obvious she dotes on the younger, but they don't grow to what she thinks they will. In between her memories, she shares some time with some unusual people and stays in an abandoned house, just trying to reconcile what's happening with her. In her life she's lost quite a bit, and it makes those memories that more poignant.

Ellen Burstyn: Hagar Shipley
Christine Horne: Young Hagar
Dylan Baker: Marvin
Sheila McCarthy: Doris
Kevin Zegers: John
Ellen Page: Arlene
Cole Hauser: Young Bram
Wings Hauser: Older Bram
Aaron Ashmore: Matt
Luke Kirby: Leo
Josette Halpert: Young Arlene

I really liked both of the actors for Hagar. They each added their own style to the character and while they worked together, they were also incredibly different. The older Hagar is much freer than the younger, and Burstyn was very good at making herself seem like a strong old woman who is slowly losing herself.
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