The Stone Boy

Director Chris Cain, in only his second feature, draws a remarkably restrained and moving performance from debuting child actor Jason Presson, who plays central role of a 12-year-old brother who accidentally and tragically slays his older, beloved brother with a shotgun in the opening moments of the film.

With:
Robert Duvall Jason Presson Frederic Forrest Glenn Close Wilford Brimley Gail Youngs

Director Chris Cain, in only his second feature, draws a remarkably restrained and moving performance from debuting child actor Jason Presson, who plays central role of a 12-year-old brother who accidentally and tragically slays his older, beloved brother with a shotgun in the opening moments of the film.

Production’s sorrowful subject matter as family is rendered dazed and grief-stricken by the death of the older son, while young responsible brother retreats behind a wall of guilt, never lapses into sentimentality or melodrama.

Robert Duvall unthinkingly compounds the misery of his son by fostering a family attitude that denies the boy communication.

The Stone Boy, in its inarticulate characters whose feelings tear them apart, is a singular and highly accessible film.

The Stone Boy

Production: TLC. Director Christopher Cain; Producer Joe Roth, Ivan Bloch; Screenplay Gina Berriault; Camera Juan Ruiz-Anchia; Editor Paul Rubell; Music James Horner; Art Director Joseph G. Pacelli

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 93 MIN.

With: Robert Duvall Jason Presson Frederic Forrest Glenn Close Wilford Brimley Gail Youngs

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