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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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An aging farmer fights to keep the home that is rightfully his after fleeing from a nursing home and discovering that his son has leased the family farm to his old nemesis. Placed in a nursing home by his son and promptly forgotten, Abner Meecham (Hal Holbrook) realized that waiting to die was no way to live. Determined to enjoy his last days, Abner packed his bags and set his sights on the family farm. At least there he could die on his own land, in familiar surroundings. But Abner is in for a rude awakening, because upon returning home he discovers that his son has leased the farm to Lonzo Choat. Abner never cared much for Lonzo, and when Lonzo refuses to leave, Abner takes up residence in an old tenant shack on the property. Before long, their dispute becomes volatile, each man believing himself to be in the right, and refusing to back down from his position. Betrayed by his son and haunted by dreams of his beloved deceased wife, Abner draws a line in the sand in an attempt to reclaim his life. As threats are made and tension begins to brew, it's only a matter of time before the situation turns savage. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Hal Holbrook
as Abner Meecham
Ray McKinnon
as Lonzo Choat
Carrie Preston
as Ludie Choat
Mia Wasikowska
as Pamela Choat
Walton Goggins
as Paul Meecham
Barry Corbin
as Thurl Chessor
Dixie Carter
as Ellen Meecham
as Nipper
Jacob Parkhurst
as Steve Goodwin, Jr.
Anthony Reynolds
as Hollis the Phone Worker
Bruce McKinnon
as Sheriff Roller
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Critic Reviews for That Evening Sun

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (11)

Watching Holbrook, I was reminded again of how steady and valuable this man has been throughout his career.

April 22, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

February 10, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

November 20, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[Holbrook is] wonderful.

November 16, 2009

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.

November 16, 2009

Director Scott Teems' film is as quiet as untilled soil -- not always a good thing -- but Holbrook has a handle on where to dig.

November 6, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer


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...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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