Marvin's Room [DVD] [1996]

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Overall Customer Rating:
88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 8)

Synopsis


Marvin's Room
Two sisters try to set their familial differences aside -- one in hopes of saving her own life -- in this drama with comic accents. Bessie (Diane Keaton) has lived in Florida for the past 20 years, where she's been caring for her chronically ill father Marvin (Hume Cronyn) and her Aunt Ruth (Gwen Verdon), who does not seem well acquainted with reality. While Bessie's life has not been easy, she feels that it's rewarding in its way, and she's come to love her father very much. However, when Bessie is diagnosed with cancer, she's told that the only treatment likely to save her would be a bone marrow transplant from a close relative -- which leads Bessie to contact her sister Lee (Meryl Streep) for the first time since their father fell ill. Bessie and Lee have a number of issues with each other that they've never resolved, many concerning their responses to Marvin's illness (Bessie rushed to his side, while Lee preferred to stay away), and Lee's own life has been difficult. She's gotten herself out of a bad marriage, has only recently started supporting herself as a beautician, and has to raise two kids on her own. Ten-year-old Charlie (Hal Scardino) tries to simply ignore the chaos going on all round him, while Hank (Leonardo DiCaprio), a troubled 17-year-old, was recently institutionalized after burning down the family's home. As the straight-laced Bessie and the earthy Lee reestablish contact after two decades, they discover just how much emotional ground they have to cover before they can meet on common ground. Robert De Niro appears in a supporting role as Dr. Wally, Bessie's physician. Marvin's Room was based on the stage drama by Scott McPherson, which opened in 1990; McPherson himself was critically ill at the time -- he died two years later from complications relating to AIDS. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Meryl Streep
    Meryl Streep - Lee
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
    Leonardo DiCaprio - Hank
  • Diane Keaton
    Diane Keaton - Bessie
  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro - Dr. Wally
  • Hume Cronyn
    Hume Cronyn - Marvin



Overall customer rating

4
88%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good, but lacking a bit..

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    Joe1970
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    Marvin's Room is a well told, well acted story that suffers a bit from being almost a bit too "TV" style. A bit overly melodramatic, much of the story still rings true, with Leonardo DiCaprio always amazing. Def work a look, and a good film, but wish it had a bit more conviction to it's premise and less soap opera moments.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Barely Worth the BD Upgrade

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    Early DiCaprio film which marginally benefits from the BD upgrade. It's a catalog release of a 20-year-old film, so no restoration done on a serviceable source.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's Meryl and Leo

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    DavidB
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    Enough said. Meryl Streep and Leonardo Dicaprio. Good couple on screen, great chemistry. I enjoyed this movie

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie on Blu-Ray!

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    smarterflash2
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    Very happy with this blu-ray! Excellent movie and looks and sounds great in Hi-Def! Recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great

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    Missi
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    This movie is so great. It has excellent acting and meryl strepp is amazing. Classic film

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent

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    Briiiii
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    It was a decent movie but I didnt find the story line that interesting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic movie

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    Beth
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    A classic movie at a great price with great extras too

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie!

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    enzso
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    Great drama at a very good price! Enjoyed the story!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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