The Magic of Belle Isle

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The Magic of Belle Isle
The Magic of Belle Isle poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rob Reiner
Produced by Jared Ian Goldman
Salli Newman
David Valdes
Rob Reiner
Alan Greisman
Lori McCreary
Written by Guy Thomas
Rob Reiner
Andrew Scheinman
Starring Morgan Freeman
Virginia Madsen
Emma Fuhrmann
Madeline Carroll
Kenan Thompson
Kevin Pollak
Fred Willard
Nicolette Pierini
Music by Marc Shaiman
Cinematography Reed Morano
Edited by Dorian Harris
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release date
  • July 6, 2012 (2012-07-06)
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5,000,000
Box office $102,388[1]

The Magic of Belle Isle is a 2012 drama film directed by Rob Reiner and written by Guy Thomas. The film stars Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Emma Fuhrmann, Madeline Carroll, Kenan Thompson, Nicolette Pierini, Kevin Pollak and Fred Willard. The film was released on July 6, 2012, by Magnolia Pictures. In the UK the film was entitled 'Once More'.


Monte Wildhorn (Freeman) is a famous Western novelist whose struggle to cope with the death of his wife six years earlier has sapped his passion for writing, and has caused him to begin drinking heavily. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, and befriends the family next door—an attractive single mother (Madsen) and her young daughters, who help him find inspiration again.



The Magic of Belle Isle was filmed in the village of Greenwood Lake, New York in July 2011.


The Magic of Belle Isle received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 30%, based on 33 reviews, with a rating of 4.9/10.[3] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 46 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[4]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 18 2012, and is currently available on Netflix Streaming.[5]


  1. ^ "The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)". Box Office Mojo. 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
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  3. ^ "The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)". Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  4. ^ "The Magic of Belle Isle Reviews". Metacritic. 2012-07-06. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  5. ^ "Magic of Belle Isle: Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Rob Reiner: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2015-06-10. 

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