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Spring Forward (2000)




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Playwright and character actor Tom Gilroy made his feature directorial debut with this dialogue-driven character study set against the backdrop of the changing seasons. Liev Schreiber plays Paul, a short-fused ex-con who finds unlikely comfort, stability, and camaraderie when he takes an odd job in park maintenance. On his first day, he's teamed with Murph (Ned Beatty), a groundskeeping veteran who manages to defuse an outburst between Paul and their snide supervisor (Campbell Scott). Paul sticks with the job, and, as the months pass, he and Murph work their way through events both mundane and monumental, all the while sharing their hopes, regrets, and ambitions. Shot in sequence over a one-year period, Spring Forward received a third-place mention for best first feature at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Gilroy
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On DVD: Sep 17, 2002
MGM Home Entertainment


Campbell Scott
as Fredrickson
Peri Gilpin
as Georgia
David Roland Frank
as Boy with Snowblower
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Critic Reviews for Spring Forward

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | December 8, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Beatty and Schreiber generate a convincing camaraderie that is warm and touching yet with a refreshing lack of sticky sentiment.

Full Review… | March 26, 2010

A breath of fresh air, and an antidote to all the mindless drivel Hollywood churns out on a regular basis.

Full Review… | April 28, 2003
Apollo Guide

Here's a film that values good dialogue and complex characters over dramatic gimmicks and cheap action.

Full Review… | September 17, 2002

Audience Reviews for Spring Forward


Very slow...kind of didn't get the point of it all.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A very conversationalized film. Very slow but really good.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


Spring Forward is exactly the kind of quiet and deeply affecting film I wish we would see more of in American independent filmmaking. This feels like a more real examination of a strong, positive plutonic male relationship than anything Apatow has ever managed. The film is basically just two guys working together, being there for each other, bullshitting about life.

Spring Forward Quotes

Murph: Goodbye, fair workplace.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)

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