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That Evening Sun [DVD] [014381666526]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • An aging farmer fights to keep the home that is rightfully his after fleeing from a nursing home and discovering that his son has leased the family farm to his old nemesis. Placed in a nursing home by his son and promptly forgotten, Abner Meecham (Hal Holbrook) realized that waiting to die was no way to live. Determined to enjoy his last days, Abner packed his bags and set his sights on the family farm. At least there he could die on his own land, in familiar surroundings. But Abner is in for a rude awakening, because upon returning home he discovers that his son has leased the farm to Lonzo Choat. Abner never cared much for Lonzo, and when Lonzo refuses to leave, Abner takes up residence in an old tenant shack on the property. Before long, their dispute becomes volatile, each man believing himself to be in the right, and refusing to back down from his position. Betrayed by his son and haunted by dreams of his beloved deceased wife, Abner draws a line in the sand in an attempt to reclaim his life. As threats are made and tension begins to brew, it's only a matter of time before the situation turns savage.
  • Credits
    Walton Goggins, Hal Holbrook, Harold Rowe Holbrook, Ray McKinnon, Carrie Preston, Mia Wasikowska
  • Critic Reviews
    "Hal Holbrook strips the stereotype of the grumpy old man of sentimental shtick....His hard, steady glare conveys a bone-deep understanding of his thorny character..."
    New York Times

    "Hal Holbrook continues his late-career renaissance, begun so vividly with his Oscar-nominated turn in INTO THE WILD, with this elegiac drama about an octogenarian who still has a lot of fight left in him."
    Hollywood Reporter

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Holbrook displays a loose-cannon intensity seldom seen from him....THAT EVENING SUN is more than the simple story of an elderly farmer, and deserves the attention often reserved for edgier, urban dramas."
    Box Office

    "Holbrook makes Abner a shining-eyed, noble crank -- a fellow who would rather die than fade away." -- Grade: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[Holbrook delivers an] achingly memorable star performance in the superb THAT EVENING SUN."
    Los Angeles Times

    3.5 stars out of 4 - "[Holbrook] incorporates everything he knows about getting to the age of 80 and conveys it without the slightest sign of effort. This isn't a performance, it's an embodiment."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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