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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

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Releases November 22, 2019
Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tom Hanks ... Fred Rogers
Christine Lahti ... Ellen
Wendy Makkena ... Dorothy
Matthew Rhys ... Lloyd Vogel
Chris Cooper ... Jerry Vogel
Enrico Colantoni ... Bill Isler
Susan Kelechi Watson ... Andrea Vogel
Tammy Blanchard ... Lorraine
Maddie Corman ... Lady Aberlin
Kevin L. Johnson ... Darin Scharf
Kitty Crystal ... Subway Punk
Maryann Plunkett ... Joanne Rogers
Carmen Cusack ... Margy
Michael Masini ... Richie
Noah Harpster ... Todd
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Two-time Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most beloved neighbor.

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English

Release Date:

22 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Mr. Rogers/Tom Hanks Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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$40,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fred Rogers' widow, Joanne Rogers, has stated that Tom Hanks is the perfect actor to play her late husband. See more »

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Fred Rogers: [hosting "MisteRogers' Neighborhood"] Hello neighbor.
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We don't have an Oscar category for that!
14 October 2019 | by FilmFlowCriticsSee all my reviews

I'm not gonna lie.... the only reason, why I went to see this movie was... Tom Hanks. I think this is a movie made for the audience in the USA and people who don't know Fred Rogers (Like most Non-Americans) will view this movie with completely different eyes.

You go into that movie thinking, that you gonna see Tom Hanks as the lead character, but thats not at all the case. At best, he is a supporting character for the lead of Lloyd Vogel, but I'd make a statement, that Fred is actually only a plot device in this movie. Don't get me wrong, Hanks is amazing in this role. Creepy, weird but so kind at the same time. It's hard not to laugh about his sincere kindness, but it will warm your heart for sure! We are not used to people being so kind these days, so it's pretty off putting.

While Hanks and Rhys deliver great performances, this movie suffers from the (unfortunately still very common) problem, of creating weak female characters. Lloyds wife is beyond annoying and every other female character is as plain as a Dorito, you left in the bathtub for hours.

While the "outdoor/Ext. Shots" are handled in a pretty interesting and artsy way, the rest of the movie lacks memorable cinematography. The end is as predictable as it gets, which is not a bad thing for this movie though, as it's the perfect fit for Hanks character, Mr. Rodgers.

What this movie is best at is reminding you, that it's not hard to be kind and maybe we all should be more kind to each other, because kindness is the only thing you can't have enough of in this world nowadays!


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