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That Evening Sun (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama | 16 March 2009 (USA)
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An aging Tennessee farmer returns to his homestead and must confront a family betrayal, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the loss of his farm.

Director:

Scott Teems

Writers:

Scott Teems (screenplay), William Gay (short story "I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down")
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hal Holbrook ... Abner Meecham
Ray McKinnon ... Lonzo Choat
Walton Goggins ... Paul Meecham
Mia Wasikowska ... Pamela Choat
Carrie Preston ... Ludie Choat
Barry Corbin ... Thurl Chessor
Dixie Carter ... Ellen Meecham
Barlow Jacobs ... J.D. the Cabbie
Anthony Reynolds ... Hollis the Phone Worker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Edward Keith Brian Edward Keith ... Deputy Keith (as Brian Keith)
Bruce McKinnon ... Sheriff Roller
William J. Mode William J. Mode ... Deputy Davies
Jacob Parkhurst Jacob Parkhurst ... Steve Goodwin Jr.
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An aging farmer fights to keep the home that is rightfully his after fleeing from a nursing home and discovering that his son has leased the family farm to his old nemesis. Placed in a nursing home by his son and promptly forgotten, Abner Meecham (Hal Holbrook) realized that waiting to die was no way to live. Determined to enjoy his last days, Abner packed his bags and set his sights on the family farm. At least there he could die on his own land, in familiar surroundings. But Abner is in for a rude awakening, because upon returning home he discovers that his son has leased the farm to Lonzo Choat. Abner never cared much for Lonzo, and when Lonzo refuses to leave, Abner takes up residence in an old tenant shack on the property. Before long, their dispute becomes volatile, each man believing himself to be in the right, and refusing to back down from his position. Betrayed by his son and haunted by dreams of his beloved deceased wife, Abner draws a line in the sand in an attempt to ...

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Taglines:

I worked too hard. And too long. I aint goin down without a fight.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some violence, sexual content and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Scott Teems' screenplay for the film won the Emerging Narrative Screenplay Award at the 2006 IFP Market in New York. See more »

Quotes

Abner Meecham: You still got that old Cherokee?
Thurl Chessor: Ya, I got it, but I can't drive it. They took away my license
Abner Meecham: Why'd they do that?
Thurl Chessor: Oh
[waves dismissively]
Thurl Chessor: , I hit some folk
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Soundtracks

Blue Yodel #3
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An Instant Southern Classic
20 April 2009 | by FatMan-QaTFMSee all my reviews

I had the privilege of seeing That Evening Sun last night at the Atlanta Film Festival. Scott Teems, Terrence Berry, Laura Smith, Ray McKinnon, Walton Goggins, and Larsen Jay were all in attendance and conducted an excellent Q&A afterwords.

There's so much to this film, so I'll start with the acting and go from there. The movie was so perfectly cast, from Hal Holbrook to Ray McKinnon all the way down to Barlow Jacobs the cab driver - they all were so authentic and believable. There was a lot of very good dialog, but I felt in the moments of quiet grief, contemplation, and observation there was so much more said about the characters.

The story itself was very simple - it had no effect on the world outside of the few characters involved - but again it made the whole situation believable and really struck home with a lot of audience members. The movie is very smart - it doesn't hit you over the head with actors stating "I feel remorse, I feel sad, I feel angry." You get to watch their actions in the present reveal their character and past.

Location was perfectly southern, shot just outside of Knoxville on an old farm, complete with the tenant house seen (although the Q&A explained the actual tenant house was disassembled and rebuilt closer to the main house). There is something about truly southern movies that have a feel like no other with a landscape and sound you can't find in Canada, New Zealand, or LA.

The music, done by Michael Penn and the Drive-By Truckers, completed the whole picture with a quiet southern flavor. Scott Teems explained in the Q&A that he wanted a lot of quiet time for the audience to absorb the story and the location. The music was present, but didn't drive scenes.

All in all, this is one of the best independent films I've seen in recent years, and is instantly one of my favorite films of all time. Please go see this film, you will not regret the time spent!


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

16 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down See more »

Filming Locations:

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,330, 8 November 2009

Gross USA:

$281,350

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$281,350
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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