Carried Away (1996)

1 h 48 min1996R
In the midst of a mid-life crisis, a small-town high school teacher embarks on an affair with one of his students.
Bruno Barreto
Dennis HopperAmy IrvingAmy Locane
English [CC]
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Julie HarrisGary BuseyHal Holbrook
Bruno BarretoAmy IrvingLisa M. HansenPaul HertzbergRobert Dattila
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3.8 out of 5 stars

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DiegoReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Just ok
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About 10 minutes badly pixelated, eventually no sound, followed by picture stopping. Really weird (unlike any DVD owned): when no sound, closed captions or subtitles showed up, seemingly a feeble effort by DVD manufacturer to "fix" a defect. Do not want to hassle with exchange/return, so seems easier remedy is one of your $5 (or more) promo credits
HarrisonFanReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not an interpretation for Harrison devotees...but still good.
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I've studied the fiction works of Jim Harrison for roughly 20 years. I had a life-changing experience seeing him on a Michigan Authors panel at Michigan State while in college in the early 90's. "Farmer," the work on which this movie is based, is my all time favorite of his novels. So, you can imagine how thrilled I was to see that it had actually been made into a movie and with such a strong cast...I was, at first, cautiously optimistic. While as a standalone movie it's very good, looking at it as an interpretation of perhaps my favorite novel ever, it has some flaws... One, the casting of Gary Busey as the Major, and the casting of whoever it is that plays Robert. I felt that both of these were way off the mark. But that's the more minor issue... The most significant issue, IMHO, is the changing of the ending from the novel (which I won't spoil for those who have not read it, but I STRONGLY recommend that you do), as the last few scenes of the book are pivotal in Joseph's coming full circle with his desire to be "carried away." (That's not a weak attempt at cliche, that's right out of the last few pages of text of the novel...."I wanted to be carried away..."). The movie also deletes the senior trip to Chicago in the spring of the year removing an entire thematic layer of growth and renewal from the story...

I will never understand why films are made from books and WHY such ridiculous license is taken with the actual story. It usually ruins both the book AND the movie for me. Perhaps those who make these movies rely too heavily on the assumption that we have become more a nation of "watchers" than "readers."

Still a decent flick, obviously. I'm buying a copy of it so what can I say. :)
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Peter DaoReviewed in the United States on March 4, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars
Amy, Amy
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Honestly I didn't realize Amy Locane was such a bombshell until I watched this movie. And she also gave a very strong performance. Amy Irving did a really great job too. "Carried Away" came out in 1996, and I haven't seen in the last 5 years any other movie scene as explicit (and thought provoking at the same time) as the one with Irving and Hopper in the buff - yes, both of them. In the wrong hands, that kind of shots could have turned this terrific film into a Lolita-style soft porn.
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Susan E. BantonReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I rented this movie many years ago and loved it so much I just had to buy it. It is a timeless classic with Dennis Hopper as a middle aged man that is in love with a woman for six years, yet he cannot commit to marriage. In his weakest moment, he makes a mistake and has an affair with a high school student of his. This finely acted movie ( Amy Irving is wonderful, also) examines the male mid life crisis and sometimes the regret that comes with it. There is a beautiful, poignant nude scene at the end of the movie, that truly explains the frustration Dennis Hopper is going through. A must see, many times over!
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JimdReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Interesting movie.
BERNARD F. CROWLEYReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Carried Away is quirky
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Carried Away is a drama with strong comedic overtones about a young man who attempts to rescue his grandmother from a nursing home in Texas, then hitting the road with her to his home in Los Angeles with his family in hot pursuit. The nucleus family is somewhat dysfunctional, and the three sons are enjoying marginal success at best with an overbearing father as head of the household.

Although this 2009 film has not been rated, there are moments when good taste is abandoned, and the language becomes occasionally offensive; however, were it not so, then the characters would not be true to form. If you prefer your movies to be sterile and white washed, then you are free to skip this selection which is filled with quirky characters and off-beat humor.
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jimmie R DavisReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2014
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Four Stars
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movie is not for young kids please look at it and if you do show it to kids watch with them and talk about it with them.
Daniel McGintyReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Three Stars
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