The Stone Boy

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Drama

At first glance, the story for this quiet, sensitive film would seem to bear a resemblance to ORDINARY PEOPLE. But this is really about ordinary people--Montana farmers who have to cope with tragedy using strength from within and without help from a professional shrink. Director Chris Cain shows enormous talent as he leads the actors through tricky territory....read more

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At first glance, the story for this quiet, sensitive film would seem to bear a resemblance to ORDINARY PEOPLE. But this is really about ordinary people--Montana farmers who have to cope with tragedy using strength from within and without help from a professional shrink. Director Chris

Cain shows enormous talent as he leads the actors through tricky territory. Arnold (Jason Presson) and Eugene Hillerman (Dean Cain, the director's son) are brothers living on a farm in Montana. They rise early to go duck hunting, but their happy plans soon turn tragic as Eugene is accidentally

shot by Arnold's gun. Arnold becomes quiet, doesn't know what to do. His brother is dead and he realizes he'll have to tell everyone what happened, but he can't face the fact right away. When he finally returns home to break the terrible news to his parents (Robert Duvall and Glenn Close), he is

immediately left outside of their sorrow. Since Arnold is not in tears or hysterical, his father misreads that as his not caring. His mother also can't fathom Arnold's tranquil behavior, but she is less stern. As the whirlpool swims around him, Arnold gets quieter and quieter, becoming a "stone

boy" in that he cannot be part of the swirling madness of a family in chaos. A langorous movie with little of the tear jerking and often obvious sequences one might have expected, THE STONE BOY pulls no punches and makes very few statements. All it seems to do is present the story very simply and

let the audience decide what's right and what's wrong.

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: At first glance, the story for this quiet, sensitive film would seem to bear a resemblance to ORDINARY PEOPLE. But this is really about ordinary people--Montana farmers who have to cope with tragedy using strength from within and without help from a profes… (more)

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