A Painted House (2003)

A Painted House





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Based on John Grisham's semi-autobiographical novel (which he regarded as his favorite because it "contains no lawyers"), A Painted House is set in the rural community of Oak Park, AR, in 1952. The story is told through the eyes of ten-year-old Luke Chandler (Logan Lerman), who lives and works on a rundown cotton farm with his parents (Robert Sean Leonard and Arija Bareikis) and grandparents (Scott Glenn and Melinda Dillon). It is Luke's personal mission to earn enough money picking cotton to be … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Patrick Sheane Duncan
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On DVD: Oct 21, 2003
Hallmark Entertainment

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as Pappy Chandler

as Kathleen Chandler

as Jesse Chandler

as Gran Chandler

as Luke Chandler

as Tally Spruill

as Mr. Spruill

as Hank Spruill

as Stick Peters

as Mrs. Spruill

as Trot Spruill

as Bo Spruill

as Mr. Latcher

as Mrs. Latcher

as Libby Latcher

as Mr. Watson

as Mrs. Watson

as Jimmy Dale

as Stacy Dale

as Jackie Moon
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Nice Hallmark movie. A little slow...

Cynthia S.

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Perhaps sometimes, we forget, with our plush life and current definition of "poverty", what things were like for rural "working poor" even as recently as the 50's. Survival, even for a man who owned the land, took a different strength of character. Is it good, or is it regretful those times have passed? More money yes, but were better times up North in the auto plants? I suppose, but this is nostalgia, and not bad either.

It was a good family movie, narrated like the Waltons, I kept waiting for "goodnight Luke-boy". Yah, Little House on the Prairie too, a bit more reality, but did other commenters really expect this to be as complete as the book, any book? Personally, I'm tired of hearing book-readers whine about "what they left out". Don't watch movies if you read the book.

This is certainly wandering reminiscences, but that's another type of literature too, isn't it? Why does every story have to be going somewhere special? To me it's a pretty good coming of age movie and worth the hour and a half at least, and always a pleasure watching Scott Glenn, when he gets good parts.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


There's always somebody that has life harder than us, and we never stop complaining.
Scott Glenn is unbelievable in this performance.

Manuel Saucedo

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