Closing the Ring 2007

Closing the Ring

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During the 1940s, a group of young men go off to war, leaving behind Ethel Ann (Mischa Barton), who is in love with one of them, Teddy. In modern-day Belfast, a man named Jimmy (Martin McCann) endeavors to return a ring found in the wreckage of a crashed plane. He travels to Michigan, where the grown Ethel Ann (Shirley MacLaine), who married another man after Teddy was killed in battle, now lives. Ethel Ann must decide whether to go with Jimmy to meet the soldier who last saw Teddy alive.

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Critic Reviews for Closing the Ring

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  • Attenborough is a past master at this type of drama, and he confidently shifts between the decades, avoiding the confusion so common to non-linear films like this.

    August 1, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Closing the Ring needed to find a context for its free-flowing emotions.

    August 1, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Closing the Ring is well-acted throughout and it has a romantic appeal that is not to be sneered at, even if some may find it bland.

    December 28, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • It would be a flinty heart indeed that fails to be touched by the rheumy-eyed playing of MacLaine and her co-star Christopher Plummer.

    December 28, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film hangs on themes of lost love, longing and lies buried deep in family history, but with a tonne of sentimentality and mawkishness to carry it really drags its feet.

    December 28, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Laura Bushell

    BBC.com
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  • With all the will in the world, this is a mere footnote to Attenborough's distinguished filmography.

    December 28, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Closing the Ring

  • Mar 10, 2009
    I like these sorts of stories. It is like a whodunit, but instead of a CSI figuring out who the killer is, we have to figure out how everyone is connected. I wondered for most of the movie what Mr. Quinlan (Pete Postlethwaite)'s connection to the story was. I saw this movie a second time and liked it even more the second time. Scary stuff - Belfast in the 80's.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2009
    Closing the Ring is an epic story and intimate tale starring Shirley MacLaine and Neve Campbell as a mother and daughter who find a relic from the past sparking an incendiary series of events. The year is 1991, and as a small American town mourns the passing of beloved World War II veteran Chuck Harris, his wife Ethel (Shirley MacLaine) numbs herself with alcohol to the point where she completely neglects her grieving daughter Marie (Campbell). Later, after Marie receives a telephone call from a boy in Northern Ireland who claims to have recently discovered a ring belonging to Ethel, a mystery nearly five decades in the making comes slowly into focus as the story drifts back into Chuck's wartime past and the days when he and Ethel first formed their powerful bond, <a href="http://s420.photobucket.com/albums/pp286/ladypink_2009/?action=view¤t=closingthering.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i420.photobucket.com/albums/pp286/ladypink_2009/closingthering.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> This film is about an old man digging up fragments of planes from World War II, thereby uncovering some heartbreaking secrets. "Closing The Ring" is probably about as unconventional as you can get, as it concentrates on the relationship among older people, characters with a thick Irish accent and setting against a backdrop of terrorist attacks. Maybe it is this unusual combination that makes the film interesting. The film recounts past regrets, unfulfilled promises and entangled relationships. The complicated plot weaving the past and present is well presented. Characters are developed well, drawing me to their experiences, making me feel the way they do. However, this Teddy guy is seriously miscast. He is so wooden and passionless. Mischa Barton is beautiful and great performance of her. Good directing by Richard Attenborough <a href="http://s420.photobucket.com/albums/pp286/ladypink_2009/?action=view¤t=mischa-barton1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i420.photobucket.com/albums/pp286/ladypink_2009/mischa-barton1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> "Closing The Ring" is an engaging romantic drama. It is worth a watch.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2009
    I watched it for the war angle though it's a romantic tragedy. Script has nothing new to offer though it's not bad. Plot seems bit stretched at times .
    Ut S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2008
    Not that crash hot, although I did sit through the whole thing. It really had the feel of a tv movie, and the worst soundtrack ever. The scenes with Ethel and Teddy are nice, but I wasn't too keen on the rest of it. Neve Campbell is highly unappealing in this, the scene where she takes on her mother, talk about over acting. Even Shirley MacLaine is not all that likeable as she generally is. The ending just fell flat and the big secret not worth waiting for.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer

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