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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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Peri Gilpin
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David Roland Frank
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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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2010

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

April 28, 2003
Apollo Guide

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2002

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

Full Review… | November 16, 2001

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

Full Review… | May 29, 2001
Reeling Reviews

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

Full Review… | May 29, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Spring Forward


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

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Spring Forward is exactly the kind of quiet and deeply affecting film I wish we would see more of in American independent filmmaking. This feels like a more real examination of a strong, positive plutonic male relationship than anything Apatow has ever managed. The film is basically just two guys working together, being there for each other, bullshitting about life.

Caleb McCandless
Caleb McCandless

It's the kind of unpretentious movie that falls between the cracks, and for a certain kind of audience, the thoughtful kind, it would be a shame to miss.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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