Northern Lights (1997 film)

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Northern Lights
Northern Lights (1997 film).jpg
Film poster
Based on The 1988 stage play 
by John Hoffman
Screenplay by
Directed by Linda Yellen
Music by Patrick Seymour
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Editor(s) Jan Northrop
Cinematography Joseph Yacoe
Running time 111 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Disney Channel
Original release August 23, 1997 (1997-08-23TUnited States)

Northern Lights is a 1997 television film based upon the 1988 stage play of the same name by John Hoffman. Directed by Linda Yellen, the film stars Diane Keaton, Maury Chaykin, Joseph Cross, and Kathleen York. It was produced for the Disney Channel and premiered on August 23, 1997.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The film was not included in Disney Channel's 100 Original Movies celebration that aired from May–June 2016.[7]

Because her character was depicted as a heavy smoker, actress Diane Keaton thought production of the film was an odd choice for the Disney Channel.[8]


Childless widow Roberta (Diane Keaton) receives news of the death of her estranged brother. Upon arriving in her hometown for her brother's funeral, Roberta receives an unexpected inheritance, her nine-year-old nephew Jack (Joseph Cross). Savvy and curious, Jack and Roberta struggle to find common ground.




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  1. ^ Scott, Tony (August 25, 1997). "Review: 'Northern Lights'". Variety. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ Heffley, Lynn (August 23, 1997). "Keaton Makes Cable Baby Film Worth It". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ Mink, Eric (August 22, 1997). "Diane Keaton Lights Up Dim Disney Film". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ Kelleher, Terry (August 25, 1997). "Picks and Pans Review: Northern Lights". People. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ Joyner, Will (August 22, 1997). "A Boy Alone, and 2 Adults With a Lot to Learn". The New York Times. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ Crook, John (August 17, 1997). "Keaton shines in 'Northern Lights'". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Rest Of The Disney Channel Original Movie Schedule Is Finally Here". BuzzFeed. 
  8. ^ "Keaton pushes the envelope in Disney TV film". Boca Raton News. August 17, 1997. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 

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