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Death, Taxes... and Chocolate!

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Based mostly on a true story, what do a holistic doctor, teacher, turkey farmer, Mayor, sea captain and ex-CIA agent in Coastal Carolina have in common? Death, Taxes... and Chocolate! - a dark (chocolate) comedy, romance, spoof, docudrama, autobiography and fantasy about six witty, socially and environmentally conscious friends who decide to take their destiny in their own hands as they face the pitfalls of aging. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll die for some chocolate!

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  • Actors: Jan Hartsell, Peggy Droz, Ken Beals, Dan Donovan, Greg Frucci, Catherine Campbell, Catherine Trail
  • Directors: Bud Dowdey
  • Writers: Dr. Andrea Levinson and Bud Dowdey
  • Producers: Bud Dowdey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Sheffield Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001J6S7VI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,478 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 16, 2010
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"Death, Taxes & Chocolate" took the New York International Film Festival by storm in 2008, winning four awards for Best Ensemble Cast, Catherine Trail as Best Supporting Actress, Best Feature Film -- Comedy, and Best Original Screenplay. In a year where You Don't Know Jack has won an Emmy for Al Pacino's portrayal of Dr. Kevorkian, this film also deals with end-of-life issues and lets us ask whether people should be able to choose their time to die rather than battling painful disease that drains family resources.

The film is fairly successful. It is clearly an independent film, set in picturesque New Bern, North Carolina. As such, when the frame goes out of focus a bit at its extremities or there are slight sound issues in the beginning, the viewer has to view this with kindness and supportive enthusiasm. If there were studio-size budgets, then we might be more stern. But for a shoestring outing, this film produces a great impact. The screenplay seemed a bit wordy for me. At first, I thought it was a dramatic treatise of alternative health remedies and nutrition since this seems to be the heart of Doc's issues. Peggy Droz does an excellent job working her way through these scenes. Dan Donovan has a strong presence as Mick who came from a mining upbringing. Catherine Trail is given the opportunity for the biggest change from her opening sense of Christian outrage at the idea of suicide moving to an acceptance that when life's last act is clearly underway, it may be best to hasten the final curtain. The actress brings great personality and gusto to the role, making it sparkle throughout. Greg Frucci's Dutch is charmingly fixated on classic cars.
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