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Hearts in Atlantis

Sometimes when you’re young, you have moments of such happiness, you think you’re living in someplace magical, like Atlantis must have been. Then we grow up and our hearts break into two. (Ted Brautigan)


Year: 2001
Director: Scott Higgs
Screenplay: William Goldman
Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, …
Runtime: 101 min

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Summary of Heart in Atlantis film plot

Robert Garfield returns to his childhood home and remembers the summer when he was 11 years old. In this summer the middle-aged Ted Brautigan was renting a room in the house Robert and his mother was living in. Ted offerd to pay Robert one dollar a week to read the newspaper. Soon they became friends. But Ted was distant sometimes and he finally told Bobby the secret that he had to hide from the lowmen. In the meantime Bobby’s life was changing, too. His friendship with Carol enterd a new stage and he was threatened by local bullies. It’s the last summer of his childhood and he realized that there are bigger and darker worlds out there.

Main differences between film and the Stephen King book - Hearts in Atlantis

  • Most elements that relate to the Dark Tower book series are removed from the film.

What TheDarkKing thinks about the Hearts in Atlantis movie

Hearts in Atlantis is adapted from Stephen King’s book Hearts in Atlantis which contains a collection of related stories and centered around the Vietnam war. The film deals about the first story in the novel which is actually called Low Men in Yellow Coats.

The movie downplays the supernatural elements of the book and removes almost completely the connections to the Dark Tower series. Instead of making Anthony Hopkins’ charakter Ted Brautigan a Breaker form the Dark Tower world, as he is in the book, he is just a psychic who is sought by the FBI to root out communists. Don’t forget it’s the 60s and it’s kind of plausible.

Besides the elimination of the Dark Tower references Hearts in Atlantis is a wonderful gentle, though powerful, sometimes eerie film with excellent performances of Anthony Hopkins and Anton Yelchin. Both characters are very easy to like and everyone can feel the magic between the two of them. Growing up is never easy, but with Ted Brautigan in the upper floor it might be a bit easier.

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Rate this movie…

  •  poor, don’t watch it
  •  well done, good work

 

2 Comments »

  1. May 7, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

    brenda said,

    hola me llamo brenda tengo 12 aƱos bi esa pelicula esta muy buena y copada la nenita es un angek bueno besos esta copada!!!!!!!!!!

  2. July 21, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

    Jabber said,

    Wonderful blog post, saw on

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