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Turning Green (2005)

Timothy Hutton , Alessandro Nivola , Michael Aimette , John G. Hofmann  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Timothy Hutton, Alessandro Nivola, Colm Meaney, Donal Gallery
  • Directors: Michael Aimette, John G. Hofmann
  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0043X1FP4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,400 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Turning Green" on IMDb

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    16-year-old James Powers finds himself lost after his mother dies and he is forced to live with his three Irish aunts. Displaced and distressed, he longs to come back to America. One lucky weekend, desperate for cash after learning the ropes with bookies, gamblers and crooks, James starts a wildly successful business of selling illegal magazines on the black market. Tough, street smart and with cash in his pocket, he must now decide where home really is...

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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Indie Drama-Comedy! February 8, 2011
    I saw this movie at a film festival and really enjoyed it, but don't let the DVD cover fool you, this movie is actually more of a fun little coming of age drama/comedy than a gangster drama. Like so many indie films it has a few spotty moments, but its charms overwhelm the few problems with it.

    Donal Gallery is terrific as James, the young protagonist who has to decide between learning to live to a quaint (but to him, horrible) Irish town or doing whatever it takes to get back to his idealized vision of America. The relationship with his younger brother Pete is great, as the 11 year old doesn't seem to have the conflicts his older brother has. He's content to make a life in Ireland, despite how much James tries to convince him to hold onto his American roots. There are some very sweet scenes between the two. Alessandro Nivola is also quite good as Bill the Bookie and Timothy Hutton is almost unrecognizable in a cameo turn as Bill the Breaker. I could've used a little more character expansion on those two and their relationship with James. Colm Meaney also appears as a sort of ne'er to well, and something of a father figure to our displaced anti-hero.

    Oddly, the version I saw at the festival had a completely different ending - I don't want to spoil it, but it was more in keeping with the rest of the movie's tone. It was funnier and had the same wistful quality as this one. I loved it. I'm not sure why the powers that be decided to opt with this version, which is the weakest point of the film. Despite that, it's a really fresh movie that I would recommend.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Surviving Ireland December 26, 2010
    TURNING GREEN is an interesting title for this well made film about an American boy surviving in Ireland. Written and directed by Michael Aimette and John G. Hoffman the story takes place in the 1970s in a little town in Ireland. 16-year-old James Powers (Donal Gallery, a very promising new actor on the screen) and his little brother Pete (Killian Morgan, also a find) are of Irish ancestry but were born in the United States. When their mother dies they are sent to Ireland to live with their three 'heinous aunts' - Aunt Nora (Brid Ni Chionaola), Aunt Maggie (Deirdre Monaghan) and Aunt Mary (Billie Traynor) - who keep a tight fist on the boys and disrupt the only pleasure James has, that of extended onanism with the door to the loo locked. James and Pete want to go back to America. Their only real friend is Tom (Colm Meany), but they are bonded to Bill the Bookie (Alessandro Nivola) to make money: they collect bets on dog racing for Bill. Bill's assistant Bill the Breaker (Timothy Hutton) is the cruel one who beats up insolvent debtors and keeps the boys frightened enough to stay in line.

    James and Pete are sent to London by their Aunts to see if James has a physical problem that keeps him in a locked loo so much of the time. In London they encounter a magazine salesman who specializes in girlie magazines, illegal in Ireland. James works out a deal to sell the magazines when he returns to Ireland and both James and Pete do very well in their new business. But Bill the Bookie catches on to their secret manner of making money and the results of this discovery changes the lives of James and Pete and others - but not an end to James' compulsion to go back to America.

    The story is brief but the acting by all concerned is absolutely first rate.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Buried Treasure June 6, 2014
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    I had never heard of this movie before I stumbled across it one day. I rented in and was very presently surprised. What a good movie. Timothy Hutton never disappoints, nor does Colm Meany. I enjoyed this very much and recommend it to anyone that likes Ireland and coming of age stories, with a little murder and theft thrown in for fun!.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars Really? November 2, 2013
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    Got tired of seeing the same act over and over again-turned it off before even half way through. Not in the least worth the rental fee.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars the dark side of ireland June 27, 2013
    Turning Green is mostly a funny movie that turns really serious by its conclusion with a surprise ending (at least, I didn't see it coming). It's about an American teenage boy that finds Ireland so boring he's willing to do whatever it takes to return to America. So what does he do? On a trip to England, he discovers that pornographic material can be obtained. This brings up the question- is it true that the Irish can't get ahold of such material or was this all fictional? Now I imagine a boy making money from the Irish by selling porn magazines can't possibly be based on a true story, but it makes me wonder if a small community would ever be vulnerable enough to go along with such a thing. Makes ya think!

    The humor comes when the teenage boy discovers himself and finds that he spends quite a bit of his time in the bathroom much to the dislike of his aunt and other relatives. On the same note, I find it hilarious how the aunt constantly picks on the boy by bringing up his constipation issues and sexual feelings pertaining to girls in front of the entire family, lol. I can't help but think this film probably negatively captures Ireland in a light the likes of which I've never encountered before. Usually Ireland is portrayed as a happy, cheerful place with lots of beer drinkin' dancing good times with plenty of smiling faces eveywhere, but this movie is quite the opposite with a more dreary and hopeless atmosphere/appearance. Like "Once you're here, you must do whatever it takes to get out". Really hope THIS isn't true! I want Ireland to be a joyful place where everyone's welcomed to join in and drink!

    Well it turns out the teenage boy drags his younger brother along in the porn distribution business, and it turns out everyone in town becomes interested.
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