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Marvin's Room (18-Dec-1996)

Director: Jerry Zaks

Writer: Scott McPherson

From a play: Marvin's Room by Scott McPherson

Music by: Rachel Portman

Producers: Scott Rudin; Jane Rosenthal; Robert De Niro

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Hume Cronyn
18-Jul-1911 15-Jun-2003 Cocoon
Robert De Niro
17-Aug-1943   The Godfather: Part II
Leonardo DiCaprio
11-Nov-1974   Titanic
Dan Hedaya
24-Jul-1940   Bestubbled character actor, Blood Simple
Diane Keaton
5-Jan-1946   Kay in The Godfather films
Margo Martindale
18-Jul-1951   Rita Perkins-Hall on A Gifted Man
Cynthia Nixon
9-Apr-1966   Miranda Hobbes on Sex and the City
Kelly Ripa
2-Oct-1970   Faith on Hope & Faith
Hal Scardino
25-Dec-1984   The Indian in the Cupboard
Bitty Schram
17-Jul-1968   A League of Their Own
Meryl Streep
22-Jun-1949   The Deer Hunter
Gwen Verdon
16-Jan-1925 18-Oct-2000 Damn Yankees


Meryl Streep   ...   Lee
Leonardo DiCaprio   ...   Hank
Diane Keaton   ...   Bessie
Robert De Niro   ...   Dr. Wally
Hume Cronyn   ...   Marvin
Gwen Verdon   ...   Ruth
Hal Scardino   ...   Charlie
Dan Hedaya   ...   Bob
Margo Martindale   ...   Dr. Charlotte
Cynthia Nixon   ...   Retirement Home Director
Kelly Ripa   ...   Coral
John Callahan   ...   Lance
Olga Merediz   ...   Beauty Shop Lady
Joe Lisi   ...   Bruno
Steve DuMouchel   ...   Gas Station Guy
Bitty Schram   ...   Janine
Lizbeth MacKay   ...   Novice
Helen Stenborg   ...   Nun on Phone
Sally Parrish   ...   Nun #3


Review by anonymous (posted on 21-Nov-2006)

I love the message of this film. I was in this play back in High school and I fell in love with my character, Aunt Ruth and then I saw the movie one night after play practice and it brought me to tears. The way Gwen Verdon portrayed Anut Ruth even though she was suffering from Parkinsons was amazing. The still amazing, Tony award winning, actress still had it. Diane Keaton's adaptation of Bessie, made me really believe that she was Bessie. Although Diane has been quoted saying the biggest challege was getting into the mindset of an termally ill person, she really did it. Meryl was a perfect cast for Lee, because the role fit her and the work she's previously done, it was just...perfect. Leo's portrayl of Hank was good, however I see him being a little more distanced and "Bad boy;" to most girls out there he's just a dream and he needed to have more of an edge. I'm still not sure about De Niro as Dr. Wally. I still see someone with a more comical goofy background in the role, someone like Chevy Chase or Steve Martin. Although, he did a good job tackling the role. Doing the play and then seeing the film was a weird experiance, because even though it's the same material and characters tons of things are changed, but the film adaptation was good and I liked the way they used better incorperations of Marvin. My only wish towards the screen writers would be to keep the orginal order of the first act particularly.

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