Big Stone Gap

Big Stone Gap

DVD - 2016
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Ave Maria Mulligan has lived her whole life in tiny Big Stone Gap, a picturesque coal-mining town nestled in the hollers of southwestern Virginia. When she's not making deliveries from her family's pharmacy to far-flung neighbors, Ave Maria directs the annual outdoor drama festival, keeps chaste company with her longtime beau, Theodore, and exchanges good-natured barbs with local hunk Jack MacChesney.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Sudios Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE BIG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda


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LCPL_Cindy Nov 09, 2020

Having lived in southeast Kentucky for most of my life, I found this movie to be a little cringey as Hollywood tries to portray small town, rural life. Appalachian people do not look, live, talk, or react this way. But kudos to Adriana Trigiani for wanting to tell her story and share her hometown. Next time, hire the locals and pay them the Hollywood salary. Big Stone Gap, Virginia is a beautiful town and Trigiani’s story could be told with much less silliness and glam. Whoopi Goldberg as Fleeta seems to revamp her Oda Mae Brown role from the 1990 movie "Ghost" and Patrick Wilson as Jack was totally unconvincing as a career coal miner. Jenna Elfman tries to be the wild, free-spirited librarian Iva Lou but only came across as sad and desperate. This film’s saving grace was the one genuine rural actor (Kentuckian) in the bunch, Ashley Judd as Ave Maria. Judd speaks with her natural rhythm and can portray a mountain born citizen without a hint of phony imitation. If you’re looking for sappy, corny, sometimes embarrassing hokum, then you’ve found your movie.

Jul 14, 2018

Really liked it .. story of people in a small area. Beautiful landscape.

katarina_biblio Jul 19, 2017

Loved the book, but just couldn't get into the movie. Seemed like they tried too hard to fit details in from the book and there just wasn't space for everything in the movie so it felt disjointed. Could have zeroed in on specific plot points and it would have given the movie more focus and been much more enjoyable.

d2013 Dec 07, 2016

Sweet and enjoyable!

Sep 15, 2016

Cute little flick. Well acted.

Sep 01, 2016

The single life of a beloved fortyish woman was about to change in a quaint mining town, the Big Stone Gap, a real VA town per wiki: The community was formerly known as "Mineral City" and "Three Forks." The "Big Stone Gap" refers to the valley which has been created on the Appalachia Straight, located between Big Stone Gap and Appalachia. An enjoyable romantic comedy, especially for fans of Ashley Judd, solid dialogues (see Quotes,) and the bits on the town where the Italian American director and writer/author was born.

Jul 13, 2016

Ashley Judd does a stunningly simple job of keeping the focus of the film on the story. It's a story that works, even though it seems like it shouldn't: no sex or violence or bad language, oh my! What it has going for it is human interest and people who care. Music and décor from the 1970's doesn't hurt. Older teen and adult movie. enjoy!

Jul 07, 2016

Just an awfully boring story. Couldn't wait for it to end. Worst film Ashley Judd acted in.
Poor audio. Never could figure out the make of the pharmacy delivery truck? Nervous break down/and or coma drug out way too long.......

Jul 04, 2016

Sorry. I couldn't finish. Too many cliché relationships that just didn't gel somehow. I always love Ashley Judd but this one didn't connect for me.

May 09, 2016

ADORABLE! Sweet, funny, and just a relaxing evening--date night or not. Not a tear jerk-er, not overly sweet and sappy, just fun to watch these people sort out their lives.

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Sep 01, 2016

When I was a girl and we drove past the coal mines, it looked like a story book to me. It seemed an army of men was doing something so important it could change the world. That's when Mama would say, "Every time you light a lamp to read, you can thank a coal miner." I was born and raised in the hills of Virginia when coal was king. Life was simple in Big Stone Gap.
One year was a lot like the last, and before I knew it, it was 1978 and I turned 40. Almost overnight, I was the old maid in Big Stone Gap. It seemed like happiness was for other people.
You know, this was the dumbest wedding I've ever seen. I mean, every... People that old just ought to elope.
Darlin', happiness is a myth. I got married when I was 15-years-old. I got me five kids. One a bigger disappointment than the next. My grand kids ain' much better, neither. 'Course when you plant corn, you get corn.

Sep 01, 2016

I never heard of a man who wanted to wait. Go out on that truck, you pick a book. Any book. Read between the lines.
I sold my truck.
-You love that truck.
Yeah, but I've loved you since the sixth grade.
I've never been friends with a woman. I didn't think it was possible. But you changed that. I could tell you whatever I was thinking. And I just want you to know that I will treasure that.
You know 'm the Outdoor Drama when Jack Hale, the mining engineer, sends June Tolliver, the poor girl from the mountains, off to be educated? She goes to the Bluegrass of Kentucky and she learns how to talk, and culture, manners, how to dress. And then when she comes home, she doesn't fit in anymore. I'm hoping that's what'll happen to me. I want to see and do so much that it changes me. Mmm-hmm. And then I won't want to come back.


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