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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Ned Beatty
as Murph
Campbell Scott
as Fredrickson
Ian Hart
as Fran
Peri Gilpin
as Georgia
Kristin Laboy
as Kristin
David Roland Frank
as Boy with Snowblower
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Critic Reviews for Spring Forward

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (3)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
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Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | February 26, 2001
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February 7, 2001
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 7, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
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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

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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