The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

DVD - 2017
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Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family. A remarkable story of unconditional love. A young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father, found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.
Publisher: [Santa Monica, California] :, Lionsgate,, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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empbee
Mar 29, 2019

An idealized, fragmented adaptation of the excellent memoir by Jeannette Walls. The movie does not have the same effect as the book does. The child actors are very good. Not a bad movie on its own but I am glad I read the book.

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kmmagill
Mar 03, 2019

The movie followed the book pretty well. Problem was they tried to make the Mom an angel and she was just as to blame as the drunk father.

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breemu
Feb 16, 2019

The book is infinitely better.

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bookerfree
Jan 26, 2019

I hadn't heard anything about this movie before watching (or the book). Really powerful acting performances by all - especially Woody Harrelson (I don't think anyone else could have pulled this off). Fascinating, warm, funny, then repeatedly kicks you over the edge with reckless, dangerous self-destruction by the parents. The kids stick together and survive ( well, in fact they all stick together despite the inherent parental abuse). Kids haven't eaten for 3-days? Solution: take the last of the money and go on a bender. The story does not pander to the watcher's sensibilities, or modern societal norms and portrays a real-life story with all it's ugly, horrible, human failings. That is why it's such a good story - it sticks with you long after viewing and provides a glimpse of what living in a dangerously dysfunctional family can be like; one whose members survive by also providing equal measures of brilliance, humor, and unconditional love. Complicated huh?

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swyckl
Jan 09, 2019

I liked this biography DVD. Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family. A remarkable story of unconditional love. A young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father, found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. She had a very terrible childhood. As an adult, she is a mess still.

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cmarie20
Dec 22, 2018

Looked like a good move - Woody Harrelson is one of the best - could not get it to play on two different systems Think the library needs to sort this out -

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bell5133
Dec 17, 2018

Not as good as the book; they left out almost everything from the first half of the book, I guess because those things happened in the western states. (WV must have been the main attraction in the movie because it's the stereotypical image of poverty. Let's keep deluding the public that Phoenix, AZ is a city with nothing but glamor and prosperity and no urban blight.) It also didn't tell things in chronological order. The book wasn't perfect with that either, but the movie really kept jumping back and forth between past and present.
If you haven't read the book, this movie is a good drama. If you like the movie, read the book. It's even better.

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movie20
Nov 07, 2018

Difficult to believe this is a true story, but it was. It's amazing that the children made it out with normal lives of their own. Woody H was great in this role. Jennifer Lawrence was originally cast to play the mother, but backed out.

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21221018293347
Aug 27, 2018

Wonderful performance by Woody Harrelson. The think the role of the mother could have been better cast. I was surprised how well the book was transformed into the movie.

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SunnySanMateo
Jul 31, 2018

Emotional, deep, full circle as she understands, holds on to, discards, reflects sad, painful, happy memories of her Father and family childhood till she leaves for college. This family painfully poor and dysfunctional drew a few tears and hits home.

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Lucik32
May 28, 2018

"You learn from living! Everything else is a damn lie."

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

You see the top of the flames where the yellow dissolves into the heat? That zone is known in physics as the boundary between turbulence and order. It's a place where no rules apply. Or at least they haven't figured 'em out yet. That's all life is, bunch of molecules bouncin' off each other at random. So there's no point in tryin' to find a reason or pattern for why you were born at a certain time and why you got bit by that fire. You just got a little too close to the chaos is all. You understand?
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Rich city folks live in fancy apartments but their air's so polluted they can't even see the stars. We'd have to be out of our minds to trade places with any of them.
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Yeah, your dad said he saw you pass by in a cab the other night. Acted like we weren't even there. You shouldn't be ashamed of us just 'cause we choose a different lifestyle than you.
-Being homeless in New York City does not count as a lifestyle choice.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

Your mom and I did everything we could for you, okay? We looked after you, and it was a happy family!
-Bullshit! We did it! We took care of each other because you were too drunk to! It was your job to protect us, and you didn't even try!
That ain't true, okay?
-It is true. You got some kind of weird revisionist history goin' on.
You were a happy kid!
-Stop it, Dad. Stop talking.
And they were happy kids! And we looked after you!
-Stop talking! Talking is not trying! You talked my whole goddamn life!
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They were homeless before that for three years before that, which was pretty much how they raised us. My dad is not developing a technology for bituminous coal but he could tell you anything you want to know about it. He is the smartest man I know. He is also a drunk.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

I spent my whole life huntin' for those demons in the wild. And the entire time they were hidin' inside my own belly. Sad state to spend your life in, bein' afraid of your own self.
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"There might be more than this blanket of black dust,
"the stench of the tug,
"the crunch of the coal-stained snow.
"More than the sound of her cackle,
"the cracks in her calloused hands.
"And there might be more, but I won't ever know
"because it's impossible to breathe
"when you're drowning in shxt"
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Never forget how beautiful you are, Mountain Goat. And smart... And creative and strong... You're so strong. No little girl should ever have to carry her daddy on her back. You ain't like me at all, Mountain Goat. You're not afraid.
-I am like you. And I'm glad.
We had some good times, didn't we? Never did build that Glass Castle.
-No.
But we had a good time plannin' it.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

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I would never let anything bad happen to you. But I can't let you cling to the side your whole life just 'cause you're scared. If you don't wanna sink, you have to learn how to swim.
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Quotes from “Special Features”:
“I had dreams last night about Welch, which I have not dreamt about in a long time,” she says. “But it was a very wise man who said, ‘Secrets are a little bit like vampires—they suck the life out of you. Once they’re exposed to light, they lose their power over you.’
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"They had a very interesting life. They had experiences nobody else had. So why in the world complain?"

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Dec 17, 2018

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Oct 12, 2017

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