Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Romance

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A Japanese-American fisherman is accused of killing his neighbor at sea. In the 1950s, race figures into the trial. So does reporter Ishmael.


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Scott Hicks


David Guterson (novel), Ronald Bass (screenplay), Scott Hicks (screenplay)

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25 June 2001 | mhasheider
| It's "Stand By Me" and "To Kill A Mockingbird" blended into one.
A tightly wound and dynamic thriller that centers around a local news reporter (Ethan Hawke) who runs into an old childhood flame part friend (Youri Kudoh) during a murder trial in a small Washington town during the early 1950s. Director Scott Hicks, who made a name for himself and actor Geoffrey Rush in "Shine", takes an interesting approach in putting plenty of flashbacks that go back to the late 1930s and it works wonderfully. The film's best (and the saddest) flashback scene is witnessing every Japanese person being hauled off in (trucks or trains) to special camps. The courtroom scenes are excellent and watching the devoted prosecutor (James Rebhorn) and an aging, but determined defense attorney (Max von Sydow, who should have snatched a nod for Best Supporting Actor) make their cases is almost perfect. The film is backed by Robert Richardson's terrific cinematography and composer James Newton Howard's gentle and moving score. It's "Stand By Me" meets "To Kill A Mockingbird".

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Release Date:

7 January 2000


English, Japanese, German

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Filming Locations

Cathlamet, Washington, USA

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,135 26 December 1999

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