Cross Creek

1983

Cross Creek

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Director Martin Ritt's bucolic rural environments of Norma Rae, Conrack, and Sounder, are re-visited once again in Cross Creek, based on author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' memoirs of her times on a remote Florida bayou. Mary Steenburgen plays Rawlings, author of The Yearling, who, in 1928, makes the abrupt decision to leave her husband and move to an isolated orange grove to concentrate on her writing. Rawlings buys a run-down house covered with cobwebs that she restores with quick dispatch. In these desolate surroundings, Rawlings pauses in her housecleaning to listen reflectively to the otherworldly noises of the swamp. But suddenly out of this loneliness, people emerge. There is Geechee (Alfre Woodard), Rawlings' devoted servant; Marsh Turner (Rip Torn), a liquor-guzzling swamp rat; Floyd Turner (Cary Guffey), a cute harmonica-playing boy; and Ellie Turner (Dana Hill), a little girl whose fawn becomes the basis of Rawlings' Yearling book. Rawlings becomes involved with Norton Baskin (Peter Coyote), the owner of the local hotel, and, as she settles into life on the bayou and her friendship with Norton and Geechee, she is inspired to begin writing.

Cast

Mary Steenburgen
as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Rip Torn
as Marsh Turner
Peter Coyote
as Norton Baskin
Dana Hill
as Ellie Turner
Joanna Miles
as Mrs. Turner
Cary Guffey
as Floyd Turner
Toni Hudson
as Tim's Wife
Bo Rucker
as Leroy
Jay O. Sanders
as Charles Rawlings
Keith Michel
as Preston Turner
Terrence Gehr
as Store Keeper
Tommy Alford
as Postal Clerk
Nora Rogers
as Mary Turner
Keith Michell
as Preston Turner
Malcolm McDowell
as Max Perkins
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  • Nov 23, 2010
    Fine rendering of Marjorie Rawlings autobiographical novel. The material is well handled by Ritt an erratic director who produced most of his best work when it had a southern feel to it. Excellent work from two very good actresses, Mary Steenburgen and Dana Hill and a great one, Alfre Woodard. Rip Torn gives one of his most well judged performances keeping the ham that occasionally slips into his acting out of his work here.
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