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Gideon (1998)

Gideon Dobbs is young, simple-minded man who checks into a retirement home where he finds the residents have lost their lust for life. Through his innocence he changes their lives and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lambert ... Gideon Oliver Dobbs
Charlton Heston ... Addison Sinclair
Carroll O'Connor ... Leo Barnes
Shirley Jones ... Elly Morton
Mike Connors ... Harland Greer
Barbara Bain ... Sarah
Shelley Winters ... Mrs. Willows
Crystal Bernard ... Jean MacLemore
Christopher McDonald ... Alan Longhurst
Mykelti Williamson ... Coleman Walker
Taylor Nichols ... Dr. Richard Willows
Michael Bowen ... Billy Ray Turner
Harvey Korman ... Jacob Titleman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Donner ... Mr. Taylor
Scott Dorel ... Butcher
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Gideon Dobbs is young, simple-minded man who checks into a retirement home where he finds the residents have lost their lust for life. Through his innocence he changes their lives and teaches them that each day is a precious gift. Written by Anonymous

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The world we create is the world we live in...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gideon's Web See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Addison Sinclair: You have a modest humor, Gideon. I appreciate that. So many men today are filled with their own self-importance. They wear their success and intellect for the world to see. But they are merely shields. A true man is not afraid to show himself... his inner self. He relies on who he is, rather than what he is. I have always thought that one should move through life accumulating silent victories. I believe that you are such a man, Gideon. One who walks the quiet road.
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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Written and Performed by Bill Elliott
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment
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Old formula that still works thanks to strong cast and nice touches
11 February 2000 | by Tin Man-5See all my reviews

"Gideon" is a movie that I admire more for the little, added things that are thrown in rather in the story as a whole. Plotwise, it is a rehash of many films, "One Flew Over a Cuckoo's Nest," "Forrest Gump," and "Cocoon" to name a few, and just about every major twist and turn is easily recognizable. However, it is the little touches and characterizations-- the smaller ideas and touches that the film adds-- that make it work and make it absolutely delightful viewing. That and an excellent cast of veteran actors (Heston is a sight for sore eyes and Christopher Lambert's portrayal of a simpleton might be out-of-his-element, but very welcome. His performance is as least effective as Kevin Bacon in "Digging to China." This is pretty good proof that if he was given a chance to do some real acting with a good script, he could do an excellent job).

Saying anything would tell too much. Just rent it and enjoy a nice, refreshing little movie in the spirit of "Rain Man."

*** out of ****


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