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Cross Creek (1983)




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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.
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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
Tommy Alford
as Postal Clerk
Terrence Gehr
as Store Keeper
Nora Rogers
as Mary Turner
Keith Michell
as Preston Turner
Malcolm McDowell
as Max Perkins
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Critic Reviews for Cross Creek

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

It's an uncompelling, yet warm, tale which lightly skips over the woman's travails by illustrating a series of vignettes of rural humanity.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Top Critic

Never one to stint himself when it comes to romantic overkill, Ritt piles on the slush with even more gusto than usual.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Somehow, Mr. Ritt manages to use this very artificiality in the service of an optimism that is very much his own.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Martin Ritt's chronicle of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is not particularly illuminating of the writer's life, but it's well acted by Mary Steenburgen and especially Alfre Woodard.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011

Alas, this uninspired, perfunctory literary bio isn't saved by its handsome visuals.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
TV Guide

At once touching and weird.

February 24, 2004

Audience Reviews for Cross Creek

Cross Creek is a simple but intriguing and inspirational tale of a woman's journey to self discovery with two excellent supporting peroformances (torn and woodard), enchanting visuals and playful score

Scott Hoffman
Scott Hoffman

A nice drama with great performances from Mary Steenburgen, Rip Torn, Alfre Woodward, and Dana Hill. Great costumes, score, cinematography, and sound too

Kyle Bailey
Kyle Bailey

Cross Creek, based on the memoirs of The Yearling author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, offers a sanitized vision of her early struggle to publish a novel and the Florida backwoods which inspired her prose. A stellar performance by Rip Torn just about keeps the saccharine level at bay.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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