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Fireflies in the Garden (2008)

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The Taylor family is devastated by an accident that takes place on the day their matriarch is due to graduate from college -- decades after leaving to raise her children.

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Dennis Lee

Writers:

Robert Frost (poem), Dennis Lee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Michael
Willem Dafoe ... Charles
Emily Watson ... Jane
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Kelly (as Carrie Anne Moss)
Julia Roberts ... Lisa
Ioan Gruffudd ... Addison
Hayden Panettiere ... Young Jane
Shannon Lucio ... Ryne
Cayden Boyd ... Young Michael
George Newbern ... Jimmy (as George Newburn)
Chase Ellison ... Christopher
Brooklynn Proulx ... Leslie
Diane Perella Diane Perella ... Flight Attendant
Natalie Karp ... Social Worker
John C. Stennfeld John C. Stennfeld ... Reverend Byers (as Reverend John Stennfeld)
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Storyline

A family with an abusive father, a sensitive son, and a mother out of her depth: we see them when Michael is about 12 and when he's in his 30's, a writer of romance novels, going home for his mother and sister's college graduations. We go back and forth between the two periods: when Michael is a boy, the pressure builds to the point when the thin thread keeping them as a family threatens to break, and there's a fight. During Michael's trip home, there's an unexpected death which prolongs his stay and brings to the light his relationship with his father, his aunt, and her young children. Michael's estranged wife joins them for the funeral. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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For one family, a chance to start again... See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 2008 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Luciérnagas en el jardín See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,884, 16 October 2011

Gross USA:

$70,600

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,692,182
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Julia Roberts and Ryan Reynolds were to previously star in The Proposal, until Roberts dropped out due to salary demands. See more »

Goofs

When Kelly first appears walking into the house after the funeral, the boom mic is visibly above the doorway. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: [to Michael] Gotta tell you my kids love it here. Christopher's in your old room and Leslie here is in Ryne's.
[turns to Leslie]
Jimmy: Say hello to your cousin.
Michael: [to Leslie, when she doesn't say anything] You're short.
Jimmy: [to Michael] Yeah guest room's upstairs, second door on the right, but I guess you know that because uh this is your home.
Leslie: Uncle Charlie said it's our home now.
Jimmy: You're right honey, it is our home now. But um, Michael grew up here so... it's his home, too.
Leslie: But it's our home.
Jimmy: [picks Leslie up]
[...]
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Connections

References Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Christine
Performed by Siouxsie and the Banshees
Written by Steven Severin and Siouxsie Sioux
Published by Domino Publishing Company USA, (ASCAP), and Chrysalis Music o/b/o Dreamhouse Music,
(ASCAP)
Courtesy of Polydor Records Ltd. (U.K.)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Two versions of this film. 2008 is the best!
12 February 2011 | by subwayforlife80See all my reviews

OK there two versions of this movie. The 2008 version I give 3 1/2 stars. Great score and good ending. The 2011 American release with entirely different score (score sucks), is mediocre at best. The score made the 2008 version good. I don't know why the producers ruined the original version, probably just to get an American release. I don't why Hollywood takes a potentially good idea and turns it into crap. This movie was Oscar worthy until they changed the entire me with it's crap 2011 ending. Watch the 2008 version online or import DVD...2008 9 stars. 2011= 5 1/2 stars. Crap bag producers butchered a very good movie.


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