Cross Creek

The Oscar nominated true story of the woman who wrote "The Yearling."
Martin Ritt
Mary SteenburgenPeter CoyoteRip Torn
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Alfre WoodwardMalcolm McDowell
Robert B. Radnitz
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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MasakaReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsQuiet but Interesting
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This is a gentle, quiet, movie with a calm but interesting plot. It's like peeking through a window at a slice of life in the experiences of a struggling writer. If your tastes have become accustomed to the adrenaline rush of popular movies today, you may not appreciate the relative "quiet" of this film. The movie is set in the bayou and swamps of the south where a struggling writer lives away from the mad bustle of life in the city in order that she can develop her writing. Her daily round of interaction with the people of the poverty stricken bayou is what in the end creates the long-awaited success in her first book. There's a romantic development between her and a local town-man, but the movie is really about the people she encounters and her relationship to them. The main character's dialogue is nothing to write home about and it seemed the acting was understated, but somehow, life in the swamp was captivating nonetheless. This refreshingly a movie where we aren't assaulted with a stream of foul language or uncomfortable sex scenes. Even the one scene in the end when the sherif shoots the main male character, is very brief and not at all gruesome. It's a movie I can easily watch with all family members including my grandchildren. There's a certain education to be absorbed for young people and perhaps for us all. There's something nostalgic in the construction of this movie; something that goes back to a time when movies could uplift and entertain without searing our sensitivities.
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JBelleReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsSuch a good story
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I love this movie. I appreciate Mary Steenburgen and Peter Coyote especially in their parts in the story, Mary portraying Marjorie Rawlings, who moved to an isolated Florida bayou in 1928, and by and by wrote the book, "The Yearling", for which she became famous. But this movie is about the years learning to live in the bayou and about the backwoods people she learns to care about. It has always reminded me of the movie, "Out of Africa", being about a strong woman who leaves "society" and forges her own way in a totally different environment. I dare say, if you like "Out of Africa", you will also like "Cross Creek".
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Robert BooneReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2019
4.0 out of 5 starsWhen Florida was a Pearl
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This film may be too slow, lacking action for some peeps, but in my opinion it is a superbly honest presentation of Central Florida before it was overwhelmed by snowbirds and Disney, becoming a concrete jungle of politics, investors and condiminiums. For most people this film is about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of "The Yearling" novel and the experiences that followed her choice of reclusion to enhance her opportunities as a writer. The story is good, but I think the real greatness of the film comes from how well the film conveys the culture and feel of life among "Florida Crackers" and nature's biosphere when it was still something of a jungle. I am not sure how they pulled that off because "Slash Pine Trees" were introduced to Florida as a cash crop in the 1950's and they were highly invasive and changed the "jungle" but somehow this film really impressed me as revealing the ancient Florida.
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Fish mamaReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat writers' movie
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Doesn't matter if you're not familiar with Margaret Rawlings, who wrote the Yearling. This film has some of the best actors--Mary Steenburgen, Rip Torn, Peter Coyote, Alfre Woodard and a really early role, and others who are quite good. About finding your voice as a writer as well as dealing with life in the Florida everglades. Loved it.
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Nathanael GreeneReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsTimeless piece of Americana - a classic.
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This extremely beautiful film is a special piece of Americana. Truly memorable - unforgettable - to watch. Based on true events involving a well-known author, who sought literary seclusion by purchasing a cabin in a small backwoods (or "back-swamp") hamlet, where she hoped to write in peace. Her rustic. colorful, backwoods neighbors are unique characters - and a trip.

Mary Steenburgen is perfect in the lead role. The author's real-life cabin, which does not appear to be where the movie was actually filmed,, still exists, as a museum in the "Rawlings State Historical Park."

This film is timeless, a real treat, and deserves widespread viewer enjoyment. It out-shines many more well-known films. A classic.
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Theresa A. ChaffinoReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsAn overlooked Classic !
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I loved this movie when I first saw it in the late 70s. Never knowing I’d live in a similar swampy setting someday, but perhaps influenced by the movie to move there. With time all the main actors have become proven top shelf performers. I even found a first edition of “The Yearling” in a trash pile, I seem destined to encourage people to explore the movie & the book that inspired the movie. It’s a refreshing journey to a pre special effects time, without sappiness.
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Scott W. BeckerleyReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsA classic that has only gotten better with age
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A classic that has only gotten better with age. I read "The Yearling" in middle school. I have it now on my Kindle and it is such a well-written book with many lesson still to b learned. This biographical movie is extremely well done and introduced me to Mary Steenburgen who is still great. She actually pretty much looks the same! It was also the first time I had seen another great actress, Alfe Woodard, who also still looks pretty much the same. In any case, this move follows the life soon after the divorce of Marjorie Kinnan Rowlings and how she went from New York society to Southern rural orange farming on the bayou. It is beautifully shot, wonderfully acted and evocative of the South at the time of the Roaring 20's. In a place where life was a struggle, people lived hand to mouth and trust and humanity and being true to your neighbors counted for something. This is not an action packed, car crash type of movie. The pace is slow and the focus is upon human relations and culpability of actions. So, if you don't like movies that "talk" a lot and lack action, this isn't for you. If you are interested in good literature, feminism, the rural South and history, then this movie IS for you. I'm not sure if Alfre Woodard or Mary Steenburgen have won Academy awards but, they certainly should have!
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George GoldbergReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2019
4.0 out of 5 starsVery long, often moving, but not credible
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I have never read The Yearling and so cannot know the correspondence of this film with that book. There are many quite moving scenes in this film, perhaps too many. Mary Steenburgen does not, unfortunately, react to them in the way I would imagine someone in her position would react; indeed, much of the time she seems barely part of the scene, abstracted into a world of her own. In fact, my biggest problem with this movie was that I could not see how someone like Mary Steenburgen, physically and socially, could function at all let alone flourish in the circumstances portrayed. I also felt the film was too long, episodes added more to fill up the allotted time slot than to further a plot – and there really wasn’t much of a plot. The other actors were fine, as was the scenery, and the music was OK, so I think 4 stars are earned.
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