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Big Eden [2001] [DVD]

Ayre Gross , Corinne Bohrer , Thomas Bezucha    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Ayre Gross, Corinne Bohrer, George Coe, O'Neal Compton, Veanne Cox
  • Directors: Thomas Bezucha
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ILC Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan 2005
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000621O16
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,800 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

American fable about home and family. Big Eden is a tiny town tucked away in the timberland of north-western Montana, where cowboys lounge on the porch of the general store to pass the time away, and keep an eye on things. Although it's been years since he was back, Henry Hart (Arye Gross), a successful but lonely New York artist, returns to big Eden, the town of his childhood, to care for the ailing grandfather who raised him. Once home, Henry finds he must come to terms with his relationship to Dean Stewart (Tim DeKay), his best friend from high school and the object of his unrequited love.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Great! 31 Oct 2006
Most 'Gay Cinema' seems to deal with one of three main themes - being a drag queen; living with HIV/ dying of AIDS related illness; or dealing with an often painful/ traumatic coming out - first love scenario. All very worthy, but getting a bit boring quite honestly.

So how refreshing to see Big Eden. The film concerns a successful (in terms of career, not love) artist, Henry Hart who is asked to return to his small home town in rural Montana - Big Eden - to help with his sick grandfather. He is unwilling to return in part because of his successful career, but in truth he uses this as an excuse not to go back so as to avoid painful memories. Of course he does return and so begins a new awakening for him, though perhaps re-awakening would be a better term to use.

Having returned to Big eden he finds that the focus of his adolescent first, an un-requited love, has also returned to town with his two sons. He also strikes up a re-aquaintance with the painfully shy Pike, a local Native American storekeeper. Henry Hart re-adjusts to the slow and easy-going pace of life in Big Eden where people are just busy being nice and helpful to each other.

The story develops and different aspects of the different characters emerge each with their own concerns and complexities. Henry slowly realises that the concern people have for him is not born out of a need for gossip, but genuine affection. He eventually manages to put the past behind him and finds love in probably the most unexpected quarter.

Ok, so it's probably not like real life because in real life the lovely group of men who hang around Pike's store would be more likely to beat Henry up than embrace him as a member of their community.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful gem! 26 Aug 2006
By Suave
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic film (5 stars) and I really hope that this director would make more films like this in the future. The music is wonderful and the action, photography and the whole cast is sewed together like a beautiful quilt. It completely takes on a new meaning of our sexuality. This story is full of optimism,love,laughter and friendship and I highly recommend this film to both gay and straight audience. When love speaks out, it transends all human beings no matter what their sexualities are. I hope this film will inspire many loving spirits ("People who need people are the luckiest people") and eventually people in our community would accept broader understanding of attraction, acceptance and love like Big Eden.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly delightful film 23 Mar 2007
From the start there is the feeling with this film that it is made by a whole group of people who really care about it. 'Big Eden' is a kind of humane never-never land, where people really seem to care about one another and where the question of whether you're gay or straight is irrelevant. There are charming surprising scenes, where people you would least expect it from display amazing sensitivity. Ayre Gross plays the principal protaganist Henry Hunt - his acting is delicate, detailed, credible - but the characters and the acting are generally a joy. All against a backdrop of the stunningly beautiful Montana landscape. Don't tell me that the makers of Brokeback Mountain had not seen this film before they made theirs! Anyone who had their eyes opened by that bigger budget, more highly publicised film, will certainly love this one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Eden 3 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Having just watched this film I would strongly reccomend it to anyone who enjoys watching good acting, marvellous scenery, a really good storyline. It may not please everyone, having a gay storyline, but to those of you with an open mind it is a film that you will truly enjoy, and what I found most of all it is one of those films that really has a "feel good factor" a film that you can just sit back and really enjoy. So don't be predudiced just go ahead and enjoy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much love ! 13 Aug 2007
I love that movie.
The story is beautiful, and it's just the way things ought to be in the real life !
If you are single like me, maybe this movie will give you the strength to carry on searching for the right "one" ! Sometimes, he's closer than what we may think !
This movie is funny and very moving.
If you 're fed up with negative gay movies, buy this one, I think it can change your opinion upon gay love !
A touch of BrokeBack Mountain... but funnier ! (yes I know that the Ang Lee's movie isn't fun at all !)
This is simply so much love !
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
I found this film by chance, browsing through Amazon "lists" and I am so glad I did! This is truly one of the best films I have ever watched! (This is also the first time I have felt the need to write a review on Amazon!)
The story is beautiful (everyone should live in a community like Big Eden); the scenery (and cinematography) is breathtaking (hoping one day to visit Glacier National Park, Montana) and you really care about the characters! I wanted to find out what happened in the end but I didn't want the film to end!
Will now go and search for anything else by the writer/director Thomas Bezucha (who was a gem in the interview feature) and stunning native american actor Eric Schweig.
This DVD will now stay in my collection! Thank you Amazon for a truly great recommendation!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Film
Film was excellent - however, it arrived in a cracked case with a ripped and dirty plastic sleeve, despite having been sold as 'new.'
Published 2 months ago by Tora
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
A very good film worthwhile watching. Well directed and produced with a touch of old country friendship and family - buy it.
Published 6 months ago by Dr. David Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars A chance purchase gone right
I came across this film quite by chance and was unsure whether to purchase it. I am pleased tha I did as it turned out to be excellent. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Pete
1.0 out of 5 stars Day time tv straight to video not believe-able
I bought this movie on the basis of its reviews seeking that rare thing that is a happy gay movie. I got something that was barely credible, badly acted and full of small town... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Chris Holland
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny sad but uplifting film about a smal town with a big heart
A funny sad and finally uplifting film about a small town with a big heart, and specifically 4 people who over the period of one summer and autumn come to terms with who they are... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Colin M
2.0 out of 5 stars The Waltons without the violence
I found this film the equivalent of watching paint dry. I don't normally criticize films as each to his own but this just takes dreariness to an extreme. Read more
Published on 20 May 2012 by JOSEPH OLIVER
2.0 out of 5 stars PAL version technically disappointing.
I loved this movie but do get the original widescreen NTSC American issue. This PAL version is in 4:3 format so has been cut off along the sides. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by I. Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars In the flood of dreadful gay theme movies...
comes up "Big Eden" as one of few survivors.
The story is quite simple: there is a guy called Henry (artist, living partially in closet) who must come back to his home town. Read more
Published on 4 April 2011 by Pitbulltje
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Requited & Unrequited in Rural Montana
This 153-minute long production is surprisingly very good. It was released in 2000 and filmed largely in the Glacier National Park in Montana. Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2010 by Nicholas Casley
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful
I finally watched this last weekend and could not believe how much I enjoyed it. It's so refreshing to see major gay characters who aren't twenty something, chiselled jaw,... Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2009 by amcarn15
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