The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

DVD - 2017
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"Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family. A remarkable story of unconditional love. A young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father, found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms." -- Provided by the publisher.
Publisher: [Santa Monica, CA] :, Lionsgate,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in
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dlh1
Mar 09, 2020

I thought that this movie was a fabulous representation of the book. I loved the "Special Features" section with the deleted scenes, how the original song was written, and the interview with the author.

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sparklep1
Dec 31, 2019

This true story is a complicated tale of contradictions. I read the book years ago, and remember really liking it. I have never been a big fan of Woody Harrelson, but he played this part so well. His character made me so angry. Because of the suffering of the children. Yet, he was likeable. Which infuriated me. The dedication at the end tells a lot. "To all families who, despite their scars, still find a way to love." This movie was depressing. But I am glad I watched it.

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bdehler
Sep 28, 2019

a depressing movie..if you like this kind of movie..

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slaroche
Aug 29, 2019

3* Sad true story. Why women stay in these bad marriages with kids hurt is hard for me to fathom!

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angela808
Aug 25, 2019

what a bad father he let them starve and be cold too but he kinda was nice.

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respsk
Aug 09, 2019

This is one of the most depressing movies I have ever watched, plus the sad ending.
A waste of two hours.

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empbee
Mar 29, 2019

An idealized, fragmented adaptation of the excellent memoir by Jeannette Walls. The movie does not have the same effect as the book does. The child actors are very good. Not a bad movie on its own but I am glad I read the book.

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kmmagill
Mar 03, 2019

The movie followed the book pretty well. Problem was they tried to make the Mom an angel and she was just as to blame as the drunk father.

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breemu
Feb 16, 2019

The book is infinitely better.

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bdls206
Jan 26, 2019

I hadn't heard anything about this movie before watching (or the book). Really powerful acting performances by all - especially Woody Harrelson (I don't think anyone else could have pulled this off). Fascinating, warm, funny, then repeatedly kicks you over the edge with reckless, dangerous self-destruction by the parents. The kids stick together and survive ( well, in fact they all stick together despite the inherent parental abuse). Kids haven't eaten for 3-days? Solution: take the last of the money and go on a bender. The story does not pander to the watcher's sensibilities, or modern societal norms and portrays a real-life story with all it's ugly, horrible, human failings. That is why it's such a good story - it sticks with you long after viewing and provides a glimpse of what living in a dangerously dysfunctional family can be like; one whose members survive by also providing equal measures of brilliance, humor, and unconditional love. Complicated, huh?

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Lucik32
May 28, 2018

"You learn from living! Everything else is a damn lie."

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

You see the top of the flames where the yellow dissolves into the heat? That zone is known in physics as the boundary between turbulence and order. It's a place where no rules apply. Or at least they haven't figured 'em out yet. That's all life is, bunch of molecules bouncin' off each other at random. So there's no point in tryin' to find a reason or pattern for why you were born at a certain time and why you got bit by that fire. You just got a little too close to the chaos is all. You understand?
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Rich city folks live in fancy apartments but their air's so polluted they can't even see the stars. We'd have to be out of our minds to trade places with any of them.
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Yeah, your dad said he saw you pass by in a cab the other night. Acted like we weren't even there. You shouldn't be ashamed of us just 'cause we choose a different lifestyle than you.
-Being homeless in New York City does not count as a lifestyle choice.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

Your mom and I did everything we could for you, okay? We looked after you, and it was a happy family!
-Bullshit! We did it! We took care of each other because you were too drunk to! It was your job to protect us, and you didn't even try!
That ain't true, okay?
-It is true. You got some kind of weird revisionist history goin' on.
You were a happy kid!
-Stop it, Dad. Stop talking.
And they were happy kids! And we looked after you!
-Stop talking! Talking is not trying! You talked my whole goddamn life!
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They were homeless before that for three years before that, which was pretty much how they raised us. My dad is not developing a technology for bituminous coal but he could tell you anything you want to know about it. He is the smartest man I know. He is also a drunk.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

I spent my whole life huntin' for those demons in the wild. And the entire time they were hidin' inside my own belly. Sad state to spend your life in, bein' afraid of your own self.
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"There might be more than this blanket of black dust,
"the stench of the tug,
"the crunch of the coal-stained snow.
"More than the sound of her cackle,
"the cracks in her calloused hands.
"And there might be more, but I won't ever know
"because it's impossible to breathe
"when you're drowning in shxt"
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Never forget how beautiful you are, Mountain Goat. And smart... And creative and strong... You're so strong. No little girl should ever have to carry her daddy on her back. You ain't like me at all, Mountain Goat. You're not afraid.
-I am like you. And I'm glad.
We had some good times, didn't we? Never did build that Glass Castle.
-No.
But we had a good time plannin' it.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2018

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I would never let anything bad happen to you. But I can't let you cling to the side your whole life just 'cause you're scared. If you don't wanna sink, you have to learn how to swim.
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Quotes from “Special Features”:
“I had dreams last night about Welch, which I have not dreamt about in a long time,” she says. “But it was a very wise man who said, ‘Secrets are a little bit like vampires—they suck the life out of you. Once they’re exposed to light, they lose their power over you.’
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"They had a very interesting life. They had experiences nobody else had. So why in the world complain?"

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Dec 17, 2018

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Lucik32
May 28, 2018

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blumenberg60
Oct 12, 2017

blumenberg60 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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