Marvin's Room (film)
|Directed by||Jerry Zaks|
|Written by||Scott McPherson
Robert De Niro
|Music by||Rachel Portman|
|Edited by||Jim Clark|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
Marvin's Room is a 1996 American drama film based on the play of the same name by Scott McPherson. The play, which was directed by David Petrarca, was adapted for the screen by McPherson and directed by Jerry Zaks.
It stars Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Hume Cronyn, Gwen Verdon, Hal Scardino and Dan Hedaya. Original music for the film was composed by Rachel Portman. Carly Simon wrote and performed the theme song "Two Little Sisters", with Meryl Streep adding background vocals.
A man who had a stroke 17 years ago (Hume Cronyn) is left incapacitated and bed-ridden. He has been cared for by his daughter Bessie (Diane Keaton) in their Florida home, and totally ignored by his other daughter, Lee (Meryl Streep), who moved to Ohio with her husband 20 years ago and has never contacted her family. Now, however, Bessie's doctor has informed her that she has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant and she turns to her sister for help. Lee, in turn, turns to her son Hank (Leonardo DiCaprio), who has been committed to a mental institution for setting fire to his mother's house. When Lee finds that she may have to take over her father's care, she at first begins shopping around for nursing homes. Eventually, however, the once-estranged family grows close. 
- Meryl Streep as Lee
- Leonardo DiCaprio as Hank
- Diane Keaton as Bessie
- Robert De Niro as Dr. Wally
- Hume Cronyn as Marvin
- Gwen Verdon as Ruth
- Hal Scardino as Charlie
- Dan Hedaya as Bob
- Margo Martindale as Dr. Charlotte
The film earned a positive reaction from critics, as it currently holds an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 49 reviews.
- Academy Award for Best Actress: Diane Keaton
- 1997: Golden Globe: Best Actress, Drama: Meryl Streep
- 1997: Screen Actors Guild: Best Cast
- 1997: Screen Actors Guild: Diane Keaton
- 1997: Screen Actors Guild: Gwen Verdon
- Marvin's Room Screen Adaptation: A Scriptwriting Handbook, by Kenneth Portnoy. Published by Focal Press, 1998. ISBN 0-240-80349-3.
- McPherson, Scott (1992). Marvin's Room (First edition ed.). New York: Plume drama. ISBN 0-452-26922-9.
- Grace in Suffering: Marvin's Room Praying the Movies: Daily Meditations from Classic Films, by Edward McNulty, McNulty. Geneva Press, 2001. ISBN 0-664-50155-9.
- Credits - Marvin's Room Turner Classic Movies.
- Two Wrenching Dramas Find Unexpected New Lives New York Times, December 8, 1996.
- Review - Marvin's Room Explores the Ties That Bind by Gary Johnson, imagesjournal.com, Issue 2.
- Overview New York Times.
- 'Marvin's Room': No Emote Control by Desson Howe, Washington Post Staff Writer, January 10, 1997.
- List of Awards and Nominations for Meryl Streep
- Marvin's Room Awards Internet Movie Database
- "20th Moscow International Film Festival (1997)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
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