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The Hawk Is Dying (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 July 2008 (France)
A Gainesville Florida auto upholsterer (Giamatti) attempts to subvert his mundane life by training a wild, red-tailed hawk.

Director:

Julian Goldberger

Writers:

Harry Crews (novel), Julian Goldberger
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Giamatti ... George Gattling
Michelle Williams ... Betty
Michael Pitt ... Fred
Rusty Schwimmer ... Precious
Robert Wisdom ... Billy Bob
Ann Wedgeworth ... Ma Gattling
Mark Campbell Mark Campbell ... Football Player
Ayana Rhoden Ayana Rhoden ... Girlfriend
Taylor Simpson Taylor Simpson ... Gray Bony Lady
John Hostetter ... Nebbish Professor
Steve DuMouchel ... Marvin Hill
Katie Dixon Katie Dixon ... Young Female Undergrad
Veryl Jones Veryl Jones ... Ambulance Driver
Karl Anthony ... Dr. Leep
Marc Macaulay ... Alonzo
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Storyline

A Gainesville Florida auto upholsterer (Giamatti) attempts to subvert his mundane life by training a wild, red-tailed hawk.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dressé pour vivre - The Hawk Is Dying See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,042, 1 April 2007

Gross USA:

$7,006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,564
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Runtime:

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

It was accepted to the 2006 Director's Fortnight Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Quotes

Fred: You never have.
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Connections

References Aquaman (1967) See more »

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beautiful movie
6 May 2007 | by yes-curiousSee all my reviews

I just saw this movie in Los Angeles in quite a limited screening. I was compelled to go as a Crews fan, yet this movie surpassed my expectations. Julian Goldberger is now one of my favorite directors and I believe this movie is brilliant. Beautifully shot with incredible hand held cinematography, a lush setting where "nature was a character"and a deep commitment to humanism and the complex feelings of love and meaning, this film truly resonates within the individual. The idea of how we relate to the day to day, to the absurd, to nature and the wild are just some of the things I loved about the movie. The setting was magical as the bird. I felt the wild, I felt the loneliness, I felt the love and the music of the earth. Giamatti(amazingamazing),Williams(really good), Schwimmer, Wisdom, Pitt, MacCaulay all were attop form; they portrayed the true characters and the realism that makes Crews so attractive. I found myself unbelievably moved at the sadness and joy and everything in between. This movie is so layered in good flimmaking, I could go on and on...from the players, the director, the incredible sound (THE SOUND!!), and the unbelievable photography/cinematography. The screen adaptation is slightly different from the novel, but I believe it captures the largeness and smallness of our world and mysteries of life. It flows and the tension and release are palpable. Although this film was not well-received atSundance and, according to the QandA, most reviews dismal, I found thisrefreshing. So often what is outside the status quo is co-opted; themarginalized becomes the mainstream in a base and compromised position. I hate that people namedrop Harry Crews as a badge of cool, along with their silkscreened tshirts and overpriced jeans. I doubt that Jarmusch or Altman were well received at first either. Now they are listed on those "cool" folks myspace page. This movie should extend beyond all reviews; it stands as a strong work of art and an intelligent beautiful movie. The only reason I do not give it a 10 is because ...well I'm changing my vote to a 10. This ranks as one of my favorite movies of all time.


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