• Marvin's Room (1997)

Marvin's Room

Release Date: January 31st, 1997

DVD Release Date: February 9th, 1999

PG-13 |1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

Bessie (Diane Keaton) and Lee (Meryl Streep) are sisters who have remained apart for nearly 20 years due to radically different personalities and life paths. Bessie remained in Florida to care for their ill, bed-ridden father (Hume Cronyn), and Lee moved to Ohio to marry and have a family. But Bessie's doctor (Robert De Niro) has informed her she has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. Bessie's prognosis and Lee's troubled son (Leonardo DiCaprio) create an unexpected family reunion.

Cast: Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Hume Cronyn, Gwen Verdon, Hal Scardino, Dan Hedaya

Director: Jerry Zaks

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Tribeca Productions, Scott Rudin Productions

Keywords: Father, House, Mother, Sacrifice, Sister, Transformation, Moving, Son, Growing up, 1990s, Love, Witty, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    Any movie with Meryl Streep is an occasion, but when you add Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hume Cronyn and Gwen Verdon, you've got an embarrassment of riches. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Yet, even on those occasions when the screenplay falters, the actors are there to take up the slack. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The famous faces make it difficult, at first, to sink into the story, but eventually we do; the characters become so convincing that even if we're aware of Keaton and Streep, it's as if these events are happening to them. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)