Big Eden (2001)



Critic Consensus: Though unrealistic, Big Eden has all the charm and sweetness of a fairy tale.

Movie Info

Big Eden is a tiny town tucked away in the timberland of northwestern Montana, where cowboys lounge on the porch of the general store to pass the time away, and keep their eyes on things. Although it's been years since he was back, Henry Hart, a successful but lonely New York artist, returns to Big Eden, the town of his childhood, to care for the ailing grandfather who raised him. Once home, Henry finds he must come to terms with his relationship to Dean Stewart, his best friend from high … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some mature thematic material)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Thomas Bezucha
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 30, 2002
Jour de Fete Films - Official Site


as Henry Hart

as Dean

as Widow Thayer

as Mary

as Ben Stewart

as Becky Rudolph

as Fulbright

as Didi Soams

as Reverend Alston

as Woman at Church

as Man at Church

as Douglas

as Man at Piano

as Woman in Car No. 1

as Woman in Car No. 2

as Woman in Car No. 3

as Schoolgirl No. 1

as Schoolgirl No. 2

as Schoolgirl No. 3

as Schoolgirl No. 4

as Carl at Gallery

as Julie Bauer

as John Bishop

as Airline Attendant

as Airport Security Man

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as Choir Director

as Choir Member No. 1

as Choir Member No. 2

as Choir Member No. 3

as Choir Member No. 4

as Mrs. Stewart

as Mr. Stewart

as Eligible Man

as Eligible Man

as Eligible Man

as Eligible Man

as Eligible Man
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Critic Reviews for Big Eden

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (21)

Too concerned with being quirky and endearing and soon runs out of local charm.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Other than this gay-friendly gimmick, Bezucha's plot is as hoary as they come.

January 6, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Echoes the mellow sensibilities of the TV series Northern Exposure.

November 16, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Gross doesn't have the spark of a star, and most everyone else seems to hail straight from central casting.

October 18, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

It is annoyingly preposterous, corny where it could be comedic, sappy where it could be uplifting.

Full Review… | September 28, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A story about characters who are so extremely closeted that their deepest feelings often remain a secret even to the audience.

August 31, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Big Eden


Beautifully acted and directed LGBT movie with an uplifting script. Highly recommended.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

I kinda love this movie. I liked that just because it envolves a gay man, the whole movie didn't have to dumb itself down or overwhelm itself with having to be a gay movie. His grandfather has a heart attack and so he goes back home. It's not stereotypical and I genuinely enjoyed that as a movie. They also avoided stereotypes about small towns which you almost never see! A nice, well-made movie.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

Watch it for cuteness, romance, and scenery. I watched this movie more to see Arye Gross than the plot. He's a very good actor that does well in this almost too cute movie. Jessica Fletcher was a nice bonus too. Anyway the writing is kinda mediocre and the editing of the movie was odd, there was a couple places where they seemed to cut out something important as theres a sudden oooh moment. Its cute and sweet but oddly lacking in drama, crying jags but no one really even raises their voice.

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