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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Hume Cronyn
  • Directors: Jerry Zaks
  • Producers: Robert De Niro, Scott Rudin, Jane Rosenthal
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004WJRV1Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,805 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sisters Bessie (Diane Keaton) and Lee (Meryl Streep) have not spoken for twenty years. Bessie nurses their ailing father Marvin (Hume Cronyn) and eccentric aunt Ruth (Gwen Verdon) in Florida, while Lee struggles to bring up her troublesome son Hank (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Ohio. When Bessie's doctor (Robert De Niro) tells her that she has leukaemia, she asks Lee to come and stay in the hope of obtaining a bone marrow transplant. The sisters are thus reunited, but their reconciliation is not an easy one.

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Scott McPherson's off-Broadway hit made a strong transition to the screen in Marvin's Room, a 1996 film by director Jerry Zaks. Diane Keaton stars as a woman who, while taking care of her vegetating father in Florida, discovers that she has leukaemia. Only her long-estranged sister (Meryl Streep) or the sister's children can provide a possible match for a bone-marrow transplant. But the reunion is a rocky one, marked both by Streep's guilt at having abandoned her sister to take care of their father, and by the explosive dynamic between Streep and her rebellious, pyromaniac oldest son (Leonardo DiCaprio). As grim as this all sounds, there is a strong vein of black humour running through it that has the viewer laughing at unlikely moments (particularly Keaton's visits to her distracted doctor, a surprisingly funny Robert De Niro). But rest assured: tears will flow, even as the film makes you reassess all of your own family relationships. -Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Nov. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
You walk into the cinema on a rainy Monday night to see a movie about which you know nothing. It's been a hard day at work and that monday feeling is getting worse. When you leave the cinema you're uplifted and human, having been moved into believing people aren't that bad after all. The rest of the week doesn't look so bad now, does it? Marvin's Room stars Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro and Leonardo Di Caprio. From such strarry names you might expect a movie of grand proportions. In fact, this is as close to Arthouse as Hollywood is ever likely to get. As perfect on small screen in your living room as on the big screen this movie gives us as much insight into the actors as it does the characters. Streep and Keaton play sisters who haven't spoken for twenty years. They come into contact again when illness strikes at the heart of the family forcing everyone to face responsibilities long neglected. Di Caprio gives a rare showing of great sublety and a clue into his future abilities, whereas Niro lets rip a stonking comic streak. This movie could have easily slid into unbearable sentimentality. Rather, we are touched and moved by characters who remain in our thoughts long after the closing credits.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 July 2004
Format: DVD
Taken from a play by Scott McPherson, "Marvin's Room" at first seems like it might be a dreary tear jerker of a drama. But wait, there is a dream cast involved and somewhat maudlin scenarios turn out to be sheer delights. Imagine a film with Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Robert DeNiro, Leonard DiCaprio and Hugh Cronyn and you cannot go wrong. Keaton is taking care of her long failing father Cronyn when she discovers she has leukemia. She contacts her long estranged sister (Streep) and nephew (DiCaprio) as possible donors. When the families unite in Florida, it's a flurry of funny, hard-nosed and real life dialogue. All cast members are at their best and Streep and Keaton juxtaposed as sisters is amazing. There's strong warmth and reality in this film and despite the occasional tear, the ultimate feeling is happiness. This movie is a keeper.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
Kindly Bessie (Diane Keaton) has devoted her life to caring for her ailing father with no help from her estranged sister, Lee (Meryl Streep), the black sheep of the family. But now, Bessie is gravely ill and needs Lee's help.

I usually don't care for Diane Keaton's acting, but I did like her in this role. She plays an utterly selfless woman who could easily have been cloying, but was instead, quite sympathetic and noble. Streep does her usual expert job, playing a woman who won't win any Mother of the Year awards. And DiCaprio, looking very young a year before Titanic, steals all his scenes as a dangerous teen who hates his mother so much he burns down the house.

This is a poignant look at illness and dying through the eyes of three very different characters. I was sorry it ended so abruptly without resolving the story, but that makes it feel even more real. This is a movie I'll want to watch again when I'm feeling blue; it will help me keep things in perspective and remind me what's really important.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Polishguy on 25 Oct. 2012
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Great film and fantastic acting. DiCaprio at his best,the same about Meryl Streep. Yes,it's based on a stage drama so there is not much action but there is so much going on inside the characters the I could never be bored watching this.If you appreciate this type of cinema you have probably seen this film already.But if somehow you didn't and you like to observe psychological portraits or a difficult mother-son relationship or if you are fan of the other DiCaprio's films like "Gilbert Grape" or "This boy's life" you should get "Marvin's room".No to mention having Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton in the cast!I still think DiCaprio and M.Streep are the strongest characters of this drama.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Terry J. Hardy on 27 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD
This is a play whose script immediately presents a challenge - it is poorly written. However, despite the best attempts of the film's director (with fainting goofy scenes!), Diane Keaton is stunning as Bessy. She maintains a wonderful sense of the character's integrity and dignity throughout and for once, steals the show from Meryl Streep. It is wonderful to see Keaton back in a more serious role that show cases her true acting talent and Streep too delivers a performance which evokes huge symapthy for her otherwise unloveable beautician character. This film has some of the biggest names in the business and that is essentially why it works - but Leanardo diCaprio's performance does let the side down with an annoyingly melancholy aura to his performance that cries out for him to grow up. Overall though this is a beautiful film which teaches us to appreciate those little things in life - truly heartwarmingly fabulous....one to watch!
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By Lucy Reynolds VINE VOICE on 2 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Whilst I liked this film, there wasn't a lot to love about it. It was perfectly acceptable to watch to while the time away on a rainy sunday afternoon, but it's not one that I would add to my permanent DVD collection.

The plot is based around two sisters (Streep and Keaton), who are estranged, but have been reunited by the fact that one sister needs a bone marrow transplant.
Keaton's character is gentle, and has devoted her life to caring for their sick father Marvin; whereas Streep's character is a single mother, who has tried to live a full life.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Meryl Streep's angst-ridden teenage son recently released from a psychiatric institute.

The movie doesn't have a strong storyline, and almost everything that happens is somewhat predictable. That said, it's not a bad film, it's weak and insipid given the strength and calibre of actors in the cast. I'd expect to see the storyline on a Hallmark film.

The ending was entirely disappointing, and I felt that there was no real sense of closure. It just ends. Pretty much like this review!!
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