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Big Eden (2001)



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

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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 school, and the object of his unrequited love. Henry's feelings for Dean, which caused him to flee Big Eden nearly twenty years ago, seem to have only grown stronger over the intervening years. At the same time, Henry's reappearance sparks a transformation in Pike Dexter, the shy, unassuming, Native American owner of the town's general store. Pike is as surprised as anyone, and completely unprepared, when he finds himself falling in love with Henry. As this unspoken triangle unfolds under the scrutiny of Big Eden's community, nearly everyone in town develops a stake in its outcome.

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Arye Gross
as Henry Hart
Nan Martin
as Widow Thayer
Wayne Cody
as Ben Stewart
Josie Adams
as Becky Rudolph
Steve Frye
as Fulbright
Dee Dee Van Zyl
as Didi Soams
Tom Cordingley
as Reverend Alston
Bekki Vallin
as Woman at Church
John Lystne
as Man at Church
Beau Holden
as Douglas
Wayne Mansaw
as Man at Piano
Christianne Brown
as Woman in Car No. 1
Cori Wolff
as Woman in Car No. 2
Alecia LaRue
as Woman in Car No. 3
Tenika Capouch
as Schoolgirl No. 1
Morgan McCarthy
as Schoolgirl No. 2
Sarah Dramstad
as Schoolgirl No. 3
Amamda Upton
as Schoolgirl No. 4
Nicholas Gilhool
as Carl at Gallery
Caitlin Carter
as Julie Bauer
John Dossett
as John Bishop
Justin Fonda
as Airline Attendant
Clifford Crick
as Airport Security Man
Trish Walsh
as Airport Security Woman
Mary Rommereim
as Choir Director
Amanda Caldwell
as Choir Member No. 1
Doug Rommereim
as Choir Member No. 2
Isaac Simpson
as Choir Member No. 3
Jerry Fletcher
as Choir Member No. 4
Maxine Rasmussen
as Mrs. Stewart
Benny Reynolds
as Mr. Stewart
William J. Adamo
as Eligible Man
James M. Barry
as Eligible Man
K. Mark Summers
as Eligible Man
Keith Clark
as Eligible Man
Brendan Magone
as Eligible Man
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Critic Reviews for Big Eden

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (19)

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

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
Christian C

Super Reviewer


Sweet, romantic comedy that really has you rooting for Henry and Pike to get together. Beautiful scenery and sets (I'd love to live in a house like the grandfather's!) are a plus. The fact that all of the townsfolk are rallying around these two men give the movie a warm, fuzzy, almost fantasy-like quality. I just don't believe EVERYONE in such a remote area would be so tolerant. One gripe: Why, in movies, when they want to portray people as being "country" and "hick" do they give the characters Southern accents, no matter what part of the country they're from? I'm pretty sure people who were born and raised in Northern Montana don't talk that way. lol

Mara Barker
Mara Barker

What a beautifully charming movie. Louise Fletcher is a delight and Eric S is wonderful. I wish there were a community that was actually like this. One of my favorite films.

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