Hearts in Atlantis

Synopsis: This is a gentle, innocent film about the reflections of an aging man, who returns to his home town after the death of his best friend. Memories of life at age 11 floods back as it was a magical time that changed his life. Three 11 year old children (Bobby, Carol, and Sully) share their lives. Carol and Bobby have a special affection for one another including sharing a kiss "by which all others will be measured". Bobby lives with his mother, a bitter, vain woman who looks for pleasures for herself without sharing much with her son. Into their lives comes a mysterious new boarder, who befriends the boy but generates distrust from the mother. As time passes, the man and boy share confidences and special powers are revealed. The man warns the boy to be on the lookout for the "lowmen", who were seeking him. The two share a summer's adventures and come to love one another before the inevitable happens. A confrontation with a school bully also changes everyone.
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Scott Hicks
Production: Warner Bros.
  2 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

and needs me to do the same.

So birthday dinner

at the Colony is off.

Okay, Mom.

There are leftovers.

I'll be home to tuck you in.

Oh, make sure to turn

off the gas ring...

...when you're done with the stove.

- I know.

- See you soon.

Evening, Robert.

Or should I say Bobby?

Oh, Mr. Brautigan. Hi.

It's Ted.

Sorry. Ted'll be hard for me,

but I'll try.

You going out later?

I was supposed to have

a birthday dinner.

Mom had to stay at work,

even though she didn't want to.

Are you a rich man then...

...from your birthday gifts?

A library card?

No, an adult library card. Oh, my.

All the master storytellers

waiting for you.

You know why she picked it?

Because it was free.

That doesn't matter.

Don't you give up on this card.

Because books can be solid gold.

The great ones have gotten us

through the nights for centuries.

Give a writer an hour to hook you.

If he can't, find someone else.

Think you can try that?

If I don't have anything else to do.

Fair enough. Don't be afraid.

A Tale of Two Cities ends

with a beheading, great stuff.

Lost Horizon, magic and

places unknown. Can't beat that.

Where'd you live before

you came here, Mr...? Ted?

Some other place

that wasn't as nice as this.

You lived here long?

Yes, sir. Since my dad died.

- When was that sad day?

- When I was 5.

Six years, huh?

You must know everything happening

on this street.

Sure do. Because nothing happens

on this street.

- Six years.

- That's just a blink.

Someday you'll agree.

You know, Ben Jonson called time

"the old bald cheater."


Ben Jonson called time

"the old bald cheater."

I like that.

I think I do too. Who's Ben Jonson?

He's an English writer,

dead these many years.

Brilliant, but foolish about money.

And given to flatulence.

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William Goldman

William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He came to prominence in the 1950s as a novelist, before turning to writing for film. He has won two Academy Awards for his screenplays, first for the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and again for All the President's Men (1976), about journalists who broke the Watergate scandal of President Richard Nixon. Both films starred Robert Redford. more…

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