That Evening Sun (2009)
Critic Consensus: Powered by a formidable leading turn from Hal Holbrook, That Evening Sun is a prime cut of southern gothic that offers plenty of meditative atmosphere for audiences to brood over.
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as Abner Meecham
as Lonzo Choat
as Ludie Choat
as Pamela Choat
as Paul Meecham
as Thurl Chessor
as Ellen Meecham
as Steve Goodwin, Jr.
as Hollis the Phone Worker
as Sheriff Roller
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Critic Reviews for That Evening Sun
Watching Holbrook, I was reminded again of how steady and valuable this man has been throughout his career.
There is a predictability to the story, but that's OK. The acting is superb, Holbrook in particular, making That Evening Sun an understated pleasure.
Though the movie is filled with complex emotions and a powerful poignancy, it often manages to be darkly funny, thanks to Holbrook's wily, unsentimental portrayal under Teems' smartly calibrated hand.
Holbrook is a terrific actor, and it's nice to see him in a leading role, but this is still a movie you can skip.
Audience Reviews for That Evening Sun
That Evening Sun is an absolutely excellent, authentic, and thought provoking drama. The script was top notch, and so was the cast, lead by Hal Holbrook who was tremendous. All of the characters were decidedly realistic and fleshed out. What I really loved about the film was the flawed nature of both the protagonist and the antagonist, this isn't a simple morality tale, it's a true character study that treats people as complex and multi-faceted. This, in addition to its' tense deliberate pacing and beautiful cinematography, make it a powerfully moving film.
The ending was disappointing to me. I understand that every movie can't have a happy ending, and it shouldn't determine the quality of the movie, but i really thought the movie ran out of gas. I loved the scenery, and holbrook was awesome. It just seems that more attention was paid to the beginning of the film. Decent, but by the end I felt it lost something...
With the captions on.... when the music starts, the captions read, "slow sad music". This is pretty much descriptive of the movie as well but it would need to be VERY SLOW. This is a movie you can multitask while watching. No real point to the movie other than some nice scenery shots!
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