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Chatham (The Golden Boys)2009

Chatham (The Golden Boys) (2009)



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Adapted from Joseph C. Lincoln's best-selling novel Can'n Eri, this gentle tale of three retired sea captains living together and looking to get their house in order features an all-star cast including David Carradine, Rip Torn, Bruce Dern, and Mariel Hemingway. The story begins in turn of the century Cape Cod, where Captain Jerry Burgess (Torn), Captain Perez (Dern), and Captain Zeb (Carradine) decide that the only way to get their house in order is for one of them to get married. When no one jumps at the prospect of taking a bride, they decide to flip a coin and Captain Jerry is selected as the groom-to-be. After placing an ad for a mail-order bride in a big-city newspaper, the trio gets a response from Martha Snow (Hemingway), who hails from nearby Nantucket. The plan seems to be going along just fine until Captain Jerry gets cold feet, prompting Captain Perez to work overtime to keep Martha from leaving. But as Captain Jerry attempts to work up the confidence to propose, a strange thing happens: Captain Zeb falls in love with Martha and proposes. Now, if Captain Jerry can just find it within himself to forgive and old friend, this seafaring trio may find that everything will work out in the end.

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Bruce Dern
as Captain Perez
Rip Torn
as Captain Jerry
David Carradine
as Captain Zeb
Charles Durning
as John Bartlett
John Savage
as Web Saunders
Angelica Torn
as Melissa Busteed
Christy Scott Cashman
as Elizabeth Preston
Jason Alan Smith
as Ralph Hazeltine
Lila Dupree
as Pasha Norris
Julie Harris
as Melodeon Player
Joseph Guglielmo
as US Life Saving Service
Donald Foley
as Bluey Batchelder
Peter Jordan
as Ezekial
Lauri Kriva
as Townsperson
Stephen Russell
as Luther Norris
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Critic Reviews for Chatham (The Golden Boys)

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

It seems particularly perverse to take actors who helped develop the '60's thesping style of hang-loose, semi-improvisational immediacy and stick them in a creaky period piece glazed with arch gentility and ersatz quaintness.

April 24, 2009 | Full Review…

This musty yarn would have worked better as a 1940s MGM programmer.

April 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The Golden Boys is an object lesson in how to squander a seasoned cast, a charming premise and a breathtaking location.

April 17, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/5

Trying to sit through The Golden Boys is like trudging across the Cape Cod sand in galoshes during a nor'easter with a mule on your back.

April 16, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Aside from the occasional magical shot or affecting actor moment, it's a film whose poverty betrays most every frame.

April 15, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

You can feel yourself growing older in the 90 minutes it takes to watch this horrid piece of filmed dinner theater.

April 14, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chatham (The Golden Boys)

From one end of the spectrum to the other. Yesterday I am watching more a less a movie about a child and today its old men. The previews are far better then the movie itself but its still a cute movie, about 3 old shipmates living together and they decided one needs to marry in order for there home to be kept up. Lots of twist and turns. Easy to see that 3 old friends in the movie business enjoyed making this film. An enjoyable film but still only 3 Stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Starts off promising actually then goes straight to shit

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


i didn't even know this one was out there but, following a group of nothing but silver-haired types into the local multiplex (as opposed to a group of squealin skateboardin cellphonin pimplepoppers headin for "hannah montana"), i found this relic warped from the days of abc's movie-of-the-week as the old new wave (carradine, torn, and dern, their wild, capricious, potsmokin, f-ck-the-man, "we do it our way" days of the '70's long behind them) dust off their best eastcoaster accents and entertain entertainin ms. hemingway's competent though lonely spinster. who'll get the girl? is the most action this quaint "senior entertainment" vehicle offers.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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