How to Make an American Quilt Movie Review 1995

Information and Film Reviews for How to Make an American Quilt the Movie

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Slow-moving take on female friendship and marriage revolves around perennial grad student Finn (the mopey Ryder), who is frantic to both finish her third attempted thesis and to answer a marriage proposal from practically perfect beau Sam (Mulroney). She takes a summer refuge with her grandmother (Burstyn), where a variety of family friends work on her wedding quilt as they tell stories of loves lost and won. Lots of (somewhat overextended) flashbacks and with so many characters, naturally some get the short end of the script. Based on the novel by Whitney Otto.


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Running time 109 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Marriage, Women, Female Bonding
Jane Anderson
Winona Ryder, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft, Lois Smith, Jean Simmons, Kate Nelligan, Maya Angelou, Alfre Woodard, Dermot Mulroney, Kate Capshaw, Rip Torn, Derrick O'Connor, Loren Dean, Samantha Mathis, Joanna Going, Tim Guinee, Johnathon Schaech, Claire Danes, Jared Leto, Esther Rolle, Melinda Dillon, Alicia (Lecy) Goranson, Maria Celedonio, Mykelti Williamson
Janusz Kaminski
Jocelyn Moorhouse
Thomas Newman
Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford, Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Deborah Jelin Newmyer, Amblin Entertainment, Universal Pictures

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