• The Dust Factory (2004)

The Dust Factory

Release Date: 2004

DVD Release Date: March 22nd, 2005

PG |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

Ryan Flynn (Ryan Kelley), a teenage boy who hasn't spoken since the death of his father, winds up in a fantastical realm after nearly drowning in an accident. In this limbo world, Ryan once again talks, and he is reunited with his Grandpa Randolph (Armin Mueller-Stahl). Ryan also befriends Melanie Lewis (Hayden Panettiere), who provides him with additional emotional support. Will Ryan and Melanie be able to move beyond the transitional realm, and, if so, where will they end up?

Cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Kelley, Kim Myers, Michael Angarano, Peter Horton, Robert Blanche, Ayanna Berkshire

Director: Eric Small

Genres: Drama , Children

Production Co: Bahr Productions Inc.

Keywords: Emotional, Death, Growing up, Friendship, 2000s, Friend

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    A well-intentioned but unconvincing fable about a young boy struggling to overcome his fear of mortality. show more

  • 25
    Connie OgleMiami Herald

    Paced at the speed at which Arctic ice melts, The Dust Factory is a sluggish, heavy-handed fable overloaded with talk of paradise and the man in the moon. show more

  • 70
    Luke Y. ThompsonDallas Observer

    Turns out to be one of the most original and imaginative children's films in a long time. show more

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