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The Last Sin Eater (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama | 9 February 2007 (USA)
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In seeking her own redemption from the man of whom she is most afraid, ten-year-old Cadi Forbes discovers a secret sin haunting her community of Welsh immigrants in 1850s Appalachia.

Director:

Michael Landon Jr.

Writers:

Brian Bird (screenplay), Michael Landon Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louise Fletcher ... Miz Elda
Henry Thomas ... Man of God
Liana Liberato ... Cadi Forbes
Soren Fulton ... Fagan Kai
A.J. Buckley ... Angor Forbes
Stewart Finlay-McLennan ... Brogan Kai
Peter Wingfield ... The Sin Eater
Elizabeth Lackey ... Fia Forbes
Thea Rose ... Lilybet
Kim Myers ... Iona Kai
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick ... Bletsung McLeod
Valerie Wildman ... Gervase O'Dara
Anne Cullimore Decker Anne Cullimore Decker ... Granny Forbes
Michael Flynn ... Laochailand Kai
Molly Jepson Molly Jepson ... Elen Forbes
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Storyline

Appalachia, 1850. A generation ago a group of Welshmen came across the ocean to build a new existence and with them they brought their own traditions and rituals. One of them is the sin eater, a mysterious person, forced to live in the woods and mountains, only to come out when somebody dies. He then pawns his own soul to take away the sins of the deceased. 10 year old Cadi Forbes meets the sin eater for the first time at the funeral of her grandmother and is immediately intrigued. Cadi is torn by guilt over the death of her little sister Elen and wants the sin eater to redeem her. With the help of Fagen, son of the ruthless village leader Brogen, and the imaginary Lilybet, she starts a search to find him, but by doing so Cadi slowly, but surely unravels dark and terrible secrets. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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A little girl's quest for redemption uncovers a dark secret... and the truth shall set her free.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, and some intense sequences of violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Geheimnis der kleinen Farm See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$245,000, 11 February 2007

Gross USA:

$388,390

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$388,390
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Contrary to what is shown with the immigrant Welsh as superstitious pagans, the Welsh of the early 1800s had a strong Christian background, with the Church of England and an early Methodist movement being the most common denominations. Christianity, the bible, and Jesus would have been well known to anyone from Wales. See more »

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The Last Sin Eater
Composed by Mark McKenzie
Released by WORD Records
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Poor editing destroyed a good movie
14 April 2007 | by FelineFiendSee all my reviews

This movie had very good elements, a grieving family, a community secret, dark undertones, a message of hope.....but it was all destroyed by the editing. While this movie was being filmed, the emotions were palpable on the set; the hair on the back of my neck stood up many times. Unfortunately, the director was so concerned about not showing any violence on screen, that all the passion was edited out.

Mr. Landon edited the most emotional scenes like it was an MTV video. He did not allow many of the camera shots to stay with one character for more than 2 seconds. This created very choppy scenes and disconnected his audience from the story. Mr. Landon did allow the scenic shots to pan, and zoom in (they were beautiful shots due to the DP), but we could have done with shorter scenic shots and longer camera time during the emotional scenes.

The three most disappointing scenes were Brogan Kai choking Caddie, the Sin Eater taking Caddie's sins away, and the Indian Massacre scenes. When these were being filmed, many of the crew had tears in their eyes. You could have heard a pin drop, no one was breathing. These were intense, emotional scenes, and Mr. Landon edited them down to very bad, home movie play-acting.

It is ashame, because Mr. Landon directed this film very nicely, and the original camera shots stayed on the actors for a much longer time. Mr. Landon should not have been allowed in the editing room.


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