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  • This material would never have attracted a major studio, so Christy Walton ā€” heir to the Wal-Mart fortune ā€” financed the picture herself, not because of any desire to become a movie mogul but simply because of her passion for the novel. She allowed the filmmakers to work without major stars or obvious commercial hooks added to the story. Although the film doesnā€™t always sustain dramatic impact, its fidelity to the spirit of the novel is impressive. show more

  • Carl Franklin's film is true to the tone and spirit of the book. It is patient and in no hurry. It allows a balanced eye for the people in its hero's family who tug him one way and another. show more

  • The results are pretty, and sometimes beautiful. They're also a tad stiff, and the dialogue and voice-over narration sometimes has the ring of a scrupulously faithful adaptation. show more

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