The Neon Bible Movie Review 1995

Information and Film Reviews for The Neon Bible the Movie

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Beautifully crafted, yet thin telling of the struggles of a rural family in 1940s Georgia. The stories unfold in a series of flashbacks, as a 15-year-old boy travels alone on a train, reflecting on his dysfunctional early adolescence. An abusive father (Leary) who dies in the war, suicidal mom (Scarwid), and ex-showgirl visiting aunt (Rowlands) provide plenty of opportunities for familial angst. Starts out strong, with some stunning scenes sprinkled throughout, but director Davies never ventures far from the narrative territory he's covered thoroughly in his other films ("Distant Voices, Still Lives" and "The Long Day Closes"). Adapted from the novel by Pulitzer Prize winning author John Kennedy Toole.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 92 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews, American South, Period Piece: 1940s, Bad Dads, Teen Angst, Childhood Visions, Religion, Flashback
Terence Davies
Gena Rowlands, Jacob Tierney, Diana Scarwid, Drake Bell, Denis Leary, Leo Burmester, Frances Conroy, Peter McRobbie, Joan Glover, Dana Dick, Virgil Graham Hopkins
Michael Coulter
Terence Davies

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