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Powder [DVD] [1997]

Mary Steenburgen , Sean Patrick Flanery , Victor Salva    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Mary Steenburgen, Sean Patrick Flanery, Lance Henriksen, Jeff Goldblum, Brandon Smith
  • Directors: Victor Salva
  • Writers: Victor Salva
  • Producers: Daniel Grodnik, Dennis Stuart Murphy, Riley Kathryn Ellis, Robert Snukal, Roger Birnbaum
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001GNJQ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,437 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

When Wheaton County's Sheriff Barnum (Lance Henriksen) is called to investigate the death of an old man at a remote farmhouse, he discovers the man's albino grandson (Sean Patrick Flanery) hiding in the basement. Nicknamed 'Powder' due to his white skin, the teenager is taken to a local home run by Jessie Caldwell (Mary Steenburgen). Together with local teacher Donald Ripley (Jeff Goldblum), she discovers that Powder possesses high intelligence and supernatural powers.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant scientific and emotional genius 8 Oct 2006
By Anna
This film is absolutely beautiful. It's highly intelligent, and hugely emotional. The story centres around Powder, a 17 year old boy with alabaster skin, red eyes and childlike innocence. He's also human electrolysis and evolved way beyond our comprehension.

The film is filled with angry people who vent their self-loathing and psychological malaise on Powder - but these people only serve to highlight the warmth and loveliness of three adults who take Powder under their wings, primarily Jeff Goldblum, who is a revelation.

An air of tragedy follows Powder around like a shadow, and Mary Steenburgen's character says it best with: "I don't know if there's a place in this world for someone as beautiful as you..."

There are scenes in Powder that will make you desperately sad, and you may question your own reactions to people, but it's an incredible film. In terms of emotional impact, and general plot-line (in a very round about sort of way), it's vaguely similar to The Green Mile. The final scene is so powerful, it straddles the line between uplifting and heart-breaking and it's hard to know which way to fall.

How much you get from this film really depends on how comfortable you are with psychological and emotional depth, but there's no denying its power and ability to provoke introspection and thought.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is a touching film about an abino boy (Powder), who has a the gift of telekinesis, which other cannot understand. Through misunderstanding they can only feel fear and hostility. This fear and hostility is regretable, because Powder has alot to offer those around him, he is able to give those around him insights that they can only dream of and can, though merely the use of his hands, re-start the human heart. The star of the film is Sean Patrick Flanery, without whom I believe the film would have failed. Flanery full shows how tneder, magnetic and electric a character Powder is. However you should also look out for great performances from Jeff Goldblum, as Powers Science teacher, and Lance Henriksen as the local sheriff.
After the death of his grandparents Powder is thrust in to the world and tries to become apart of society, but knows that it is impossible because people cannot understand him and fear his abilities. He inspires his science teacher who in the end wants to help to take Powder away from those who cannot understand him, or who will either harm him or will force him to harm them. The film is thought provoking and will throw you through a wide range of emotions until you reach the end, and what an end, it is certainly unexpected. Powder attempts to show an ideal, it brings forth the idea that technology has out-grown man, but man does have the ability to right the balance and out-grow all current and future technologies. It is a film that I will never forget, will watch again and again, and will forever alter how I view myself and the world around me. Buy it, you might be surprised at how you like it and cannot forget it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This movie takes the viewer on a roller-coaster of emotions from the barely believable to the totally acceptable. The star performances are held up by a wonderful newcomer in the title role and equalled only by the powerful film score of Jerry Goldsmith. This is a must see movie for any persom who has ever spent any amount of time being different from those around him/her.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truely beautiful and thought provoking film 4 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This film really makes you think hard about yourself and then how humans have become. Everyone should be made to watch this amazing film to realise that although we're advancing fast maybe we're losing the really important part of ourselves that makes us human.
Powder lifts you in a sad way -watch it to see what I mean. Once watched , never forgotten!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well. 10 Mar 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I don't know WHY I enjoyed it so much. It was uplifting, it was sad, it was brilliant. A friend recommended I see it, and I'm glad she did. And that's all I'm gonna do to you, just recommend you see it and let you make up your own mind. However, if you don't love it I want to know why!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching... watch with an open heart 7 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Powder is one of those films that you simply are not going to pick up at the video store are you? well, you do not know what your missing. This film is very underrated but has several star performances by Sean Patrick Flanery who plays the young albino kid with special abilities and Jeff Goldblum who plays a school teacher (weird scientist looking guy) as well as many other stars. The film and characters draw you in close to the story line and show one boys ability to help others, except that most people are afraid of what they see in him. Very sad movie with several highs, generally speaking you will keep talking about this film a long time after you have seen it. Worth every penny sitting on the video shelf waiting for its next viewing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Sensitive 3 April 2009
A very touching and sensitive film. Questions the concept of perception and bullying through a theory that seems impossible but quite logical.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly good!! 3 Mar 2004
By Aggie
This film is all about a boy's struggle to fit into society after being a recluse for several years. The problem is that he has the unusual ability to conduct electricity due to a freak accident involving his pregnant mother shortly before his birth. A touching story that will draw you back time and again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by T Krajcovic
5.0 out of 5 stars All Time Great Movie
One of the best classic movies you could ever wish to see. I would recommend this DVD to anyone of any age.
Published 1 month ago by Roy Fallon
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
The product i have purchased is everything i expected it to be and compliant with the advertisement relating to the goods being sold.
Published 4 months ago by mr darren j spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars powder
oh how i missed this film. became damaged on video so was replaced with dvd. have watched loads of times. have shared with friends and they couldn't stop crying
Published 5 months ago by miss lorraine calvert
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Now this was a DVD we were not to sure about, I think the story should have been a bit better as we could not understand it
Published 8 months ago by Robert Rae Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars No1
we enjoyed this film many many years ago and it is one of my husbands faviourates, so I was pleased to be able to get this for him, quite fast delievery thank you
Published 10 months ago by mrs k knox
5.0 out of 5 stars A very sensitive story.
Shows that different people may be much better than most humans. And sometimes these people can be in different nosssas lives to make us into better people.
Published 11 months ago by Arnaldo Silva
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep your powder dry
This is a little ditty about a strange young man and with and electric personality and a pail complexion, thus the title Powder. Read more
Published 12 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
This film is great, you should all go watch it. The boy on the cover is silly white and attracts electricity to him self so when there is a lightning storm he is going to light on... Read more
Published 12 months ago by arran
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
I really liked this film, it was deep and very touching however I felt the end let it down somewhat as it felt like it ended prematurely but still a good watch
Published 18 months ago by Sharon Bell
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