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Spring Forward (2000)

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Playwright and character actor Tom Gilroy made his feature directorial debut with this dialogue-driven character study set against the backdrop of the changing seasons. Liev Schreiber plays Paul, a short-fused ex-con who finds unlikely comfort, stability, and camaraderie when he takes an odd job in park maintenance. On his first day, he's teamed with Murph (Ned Beatty), a groundskeeping veteran who manages to defuse an outburst between Paul and their snide supervisor (Campbell Scott). Paul sticks with the job, and, as the months pass, he and Murph work their way through events both mundane and monumental, all the while sharing their hopes, regrets, and ambitions. Shot in sequence over a one-year period, Spring Forward received a third-place mention for best first feature at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.

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Cast

Campbell Scott
as Fredrickson
Peri Gilpin
as Georgia
David Roland Frank
as Boy with Snowblower
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Critic Reviews for Spring Forward

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (3)

Beatty and Schreiber generate a convincing camaraderie that is warm and touching yet with a refreshing lack of sticky sentiment.

March 26, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
TheMovieReport.com

A breath of fresh air, and an antidote to all the mindless drivel Hollywood churns out on a regular basis.

April 28, 2003 | Rating: 87/100
Apollo Guide

Here's a film that values good dialogue and complex characters over dramatic gimmicks and cheap action.

September 17, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
eFilmCritic.com

A remarkable film, totally absorbing from the first frame to the last. It's a marvel of simplicity and depth, comfort and compassion.

November 16, 2001 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

every moment is jam packed with a philosophical or heavy moment, never giving his characters a chance to breath

May 29, 2001 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Reeling Reviews

...a pair of big-budget performances by Beatty and Schreiber.

May 29, 2001 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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½

Very slow...kind of didn't get the point of it all.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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A very conversationalized film. Very slow but really good.

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Leigh Ryan

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