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Map of the World

3.6 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Original antique map dated 1849. Nice Double Hemisphere map of the World from a well regarded mid-19th Century English publisher. Adam & Charles Black were among the leading publishers of atlases and travel books in the 19th Century England. Slight stains and soiling, otherwise a very good map.

Product Details

  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Julianne Moore, Dara Perlmutter, David Strathairn, Kayla Perlmutter
  • Directors: Scott Elliott
  • Writers: Jane Hamilton, Peter Hedges, Polly Platt
  • Producers: Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Lisa Niedenthal, Rainer Bienger
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Polygram/Usa Home Entertaiment
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LO4K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,308 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Map of the World" on IMDb

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There isn't a false note nor a dishonest scene in this drama of tragedy and its aftermath. A wonderful cast, led by Sigourney Weaver in a superb performance, play recognizably flawed and human characters coping with the tragic death of a child, and then, later, arrest and imprisonment for child abuse.

Rarely has the stresses and strains of child-rearing and married life been presented so honestly. Sigourney Weaver's Alice Goodwin is a farm wife and mother and part-time school nurse. She is often exhausted and frustrated with her children, the eldest girl being a real pill at times, and bored with the routines of family life. Her husband is a decent, taciturn man, content to deal with the farming and leave the children's need for constant attention and domestic chores to his wife to handle.

Weaver's best friend and neighbor is Theresa, wonderfully played by Julianne Moore, is the perfect wife and mother with a house neat-as-a-pin in contrast to the chaos of Weaver's. A tragic accident sets in motion a series of events that land Weaver in jail, and upsets all the relationships and the world of these very decent people.

What is so refreshing in this film is that all the characters are not cliches. Weaver's Alice is a sharply intelligent, sometimes abrasive, prickly personality. She does not submit humbly to her imprisonment and in fact becomes even more difficult. David Strathairn as Howard her husband, is a man overwhelmed by the sudden responsiblity for his children and household. There is a nice turn by Arliss Howard as Weaver's attorney, self-amused and egotistic at the legal games he plays. Julianne Moore's Theresa is believable in her stricken grief.
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I came to this DVD because I have cherished the soundtrack album by guitarist Pat Metheny since it first came out. It contains simply some of the most beautiful and touching music I have heard in the past few years. The soundtrack album is also a fanstastic companion to the book by Jane Hamilton, because on the album (which is expanded by almost a half an hour beyond the music in the film) Metheny really tells Hamilton's tale without words.
When I finally did see the film (it never played in theatres here) on DVD - I was not surprised to find that it was as gripping as both the book and soundtrack album were - although each of them overlap, they all seem to have a slightly different take on the nature of Alice's situation. The score is somehow hopeful and as Metheny says in his liner notes somewhat "neutral" - Hamilton's book is fairly dry in tone, letting the reader fill in a lot of implied information on the characters on their own. Scott Elliot perhaps had the hardest job of all, because there was a lot of specific information that he needed to cover to tell the story and still make the movie a managable length - the challenge for all would be movie makers transitioning a piece to film.
I feel he did an amazing job. I love the way he portrayed Alice as a kind of misfit in the somewhat hostile small town. (a rare occasion that Hollywood has not gussied up the Midwest to fit some Rockwell-like mythology - small towns ARE often mean and petty). And I do believe that Sigorney Weaver WAS robbed of the Oscar she deserved for this. This is her most complex role ever and she shines in it. Also, Julianne Moore made the most out of her scenes as did David Straitharn; although physically he was nothing at all like the way that Hamilton portrayed him in the book.
Bottom line? Get it. And do yourself a favor and get the soundtrack album too - it will possibly become the soundtrack of YOUR life as it has for mine over the past year.
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A Map of the World (Sigourney Weaver, Julianne Moore, David Strathairn & Chloe Sevigny) is a movie about the difficulties encountered by most people at sometime in their lives, add a tragic child's death & then what happens when false allegations are added to that stress & you get this movie. Those who have raised children & those responsible for children's welfare know very well how you can be pushed to the brink of your limits by these circumstances. Inappropiate speech intended to be humor can easily creep into the attempt to maintain ones equilibrium & sanity.

The strange thing about this show is that it has a very believable beginning. Powerful, extemely well acted & constructed. The quality of the acting continues throughout the movie & sometimes the power of the story resurfaces. The street police procedural & courtroom scenes are sadly laughable. That is especially strange as the prison scenes are, just like the beginning, well constructed.

I feel the Director is to blame for this not being a top-flight movie throughout. This could of been a tour de force movie but the inconsistent flow of the story as well the scenes obviously constructed simply to play on the emotions we all have make it far less than favorable in my estimation.

I could easily rate this as a 1 star movie for it's faults but the good portions are better than good, they are great. An overall rating of 3 stars for a movie that isn't true to life but needed to stay closer to that than it did. 5 star acting all around by this cast. They did better than what they were given to work with. If you like emotional manipulation you'll like this. If not I would stay away. I know I'll never watch it again & be glad I didn't.
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