Hearts in Atlantis (2001) - Synopsis
For middle-aged photographer Bobby Garfield (DAVID MORSE), the past comes kicking the door down one day when the death of a childhood friend beckons him back to the town of his upbringing, and the memory of his 11th summer in 1960.
It's a summer of friendship shared with his closest pals, Carol (MIKA BOOREM) and Sully (WILL ROTHHAAR), and marked by the arrival of a new lodger, Ted Brautigan (ANTHONY HOPKINS) in the upstairs apartment of the boarding house where Bobby lives with his self-obsessed mother, Liz (HOPE DAVIS).
Bobby's memory of his long-dead father is clouded by his mother's bitterness, but Ted fills the gap, offering him adult friendship and attention, and helping to open the boy's eyes to a bigger world.
But Ted brings with him too a haunted past, and strange powers which both puzzle and alarm Bobby. When he offers Bobby a job, it's more than simply reading the paper to save the old man's failing eyes - Ted enlists the boy to help him avoid a powerful danger that's pursuing him.
As the last summer of Bobby's childhood draws to a close, Ted gives him a new understanding of his father, and the possibilities of life and love, before events overtake them all. Ted's pursuers close in, forcing Bobby to find depths of courage and forgiveness he never imagined.
And for the adult Bobby, revisiting his childhood home and the memories of a summer long gone, a chance encounter completes the circle of his journey back in time.
Castle Rock Entertainment presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment, "Hearts in Atlantis," a drama about love, courage and the enduring bonds of friendship directed by Academy Award® nominee SCOTT HICKS ("Shine (1996)," "snow falling On Cedars (1999)") from a screenplay by Oscar® winner WILLIAM GOLDMAN ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)," "Misery (1990)") based on the best-selling book by STEPHEN KING. Oscar® winner ANTHONY HOPKINS ("Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)," "Hannibal (2001)," "Remains of the Day, The (1993)") stars, along with ANTON YELCHIN ("Along Came a Spider (2001)," "15 Minutes (2000)"), HOPE DAVIS ("Mumford (1999)," "Next Stop Wonderland"), MIKA BOOREM ("Along Came a Spider (2001)," "Patriot, The (2000)"), DAVID MORSE ("Proof of Life (2000)," "Green Mile, The (1999)"), ALAN TUDYK ("Knight's Tale, a (2001)"), TOM BOWER ("Pollock (2000)"), CELIA WESTON ("Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)"), ADAM LEFEVRE ("You Can Count on Me (2000)"), WILL ROTHHAAR ("On Golden Pond (1981)," "Jack Frost (1998)"), DEIRDRE O'CONNELL ("City Of Angels (1998)") and TIMMY REIFSNYDER ("Finding Forrester (2000)").
The producer is KERRY HEYSEN ("Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)"). The executive producers are BRUCE BERMAN ("Matrix, The (1999)," "Analyze This (1999)") and MICHAEL FLYNN ("Remember the Titans (2000)," "Pushing Tin (1999)"). The late PIOTR SOBOCINSKI ("Ransom (1996)") was the director of photography. BARBARA C. LING ("Random Hearts (1999)," "Batman & Robin (1997)") is the production designer. The film editor is PIP KARMEL ("Shine (1996)"). JULIE WEISS ("American Beauty (1999)," "Twelve Monkeys (1995)") is the costume designer. MYCHAEL DANNA ("Ice Storm, The (1997)," "[Sweet Hereafter, The (1997)[") is the composer.
"Hearts in Atlantis" is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, an AOL Time Warner Company and, in select territories, by Village Roadshow Pictures.
Castle Rock Entertainment is an AOL Time Warner Company.
This film has been rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for "violence and thematic scenes."