Carried Away (1996)

Carried Away



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A late middle-aged, midwestern school teacher with a bum leg finds himself inexorably drawn into an affair with a seductive 17-year-old girl in this simultaneously romantically funny and painful drama. The story is taken from a novel by Jim Harrison and features Dennis Hopper in a more subdued role, showing once again that he is indeed a versatile actor. The tale is set in the 1970s. When not teaching, Joseph Svenden tends to his family farm, takes care of his terminally ill mother, and pays … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Ed Jones
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 14, 2005


as Joseph Svenden

as Rosealee Henson

as Catherine Wheeler

as Joseph's Mother

as Maj. Nathan Wheeler

as Dr. Evans

as Robert Henson

as Lily Henson

as Beverly Wheeler
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Critic Reviews for Carried Away

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10)

Tries to incorporate almost film-noir elements into a heartland love story. The blending feels inorganic; and composer Bruce Broughton doesn't help matters by coating every moment with a repetitive, syrupy theme.

Full Review… | August 2, 2006
Washington Post
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An earnestly well-meaning film whose adult characters have a refreshingly grown-up perspective on their choices in life.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Think Dennis Hopper has played too many crazies? Well, you'll wish he'd stuck to blowing up buses after you see him in Carried Away.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Everyone in the film -- even the teenager -- is more intelligent and articulate than is usually permitted in American movies, and having gotten themselves into an emotional tangle, they go to work getting themselves out again.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Carried Away is erotic, but it's also thoughtful and intelligent, and, coupled with Hopper's extraordinary performance, that's reason enough to be carried away by this motion picture.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Carried Away

A sensitive piece anchored by Hopper, fulfilled by the supporting cast, but let down by somewhat sterile direction.


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