Hearts in Atlantis

September 28, 2001 0 By Fans
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A widowed mother and her son change when a mysterious stranger enters their lives.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.8/10 (19,752 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Scott Hicks

Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis

This is a gentle, innocent film about the reflections of an aging man, who returns to his home town after the death of his best friend. Memories of life at age 11 floods back as it was a magical time that changed his life. Three 11 year old children (Bobby, Carol, and Sully) share their lives. Carol and Bobby have a special affection for one another including sharing a kiss "by which all others will be measured". Bobby lives with his mother, a bitter, vain woman who looks for pleasures for herself without sharing much with her son. Into their lives comes a mysterious new boarder, who befriends the boy but generates distrust from the mother. As time passes, the man and boy share confidences and special powers are revealed. The man warns the boy to be on the lookout for the "lowmen", who were seeking him. The two share a summer's adventures and come to love one another before the inevitable happens. A confrontation with a school bully also changes everyone.

Writers: Stephen King, William Goldman


Anthony Hopkins

Ted Brautigan

Anton Yelchin

Bobby Garfield

Hope Davis

Liz Garfield

Mika Boorem

Carol Gerber

David Morse

Adult Bobby Garfield

Alan Tudyk

Monte Man

Tom Bower

Len Files

Celia Weston

Alana Files

Adam LeFevre

Don Biderman

Will Rothhaar

John Sullivan

Timothy Reifsnyder

Harry Doolin

(as Timmy Reifsnyder)

Deirdre O'Connell

Mrs. Gerber

Terry Beaver

Mr. Oliver

Joe T. Blankenship

Richie O'Rourke

Brett Fleisher

Willie Shearman

What if one of life's great mysteries moved in upstairs?


Official Website:
NZZ Online – (German) |
Warner Bros. [United States] |

Release Date: 28 September 2001

Filming Locations: Dinwiddie, Virginia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $31,000,000


Opening Weekend: $9,021,494
(30 September 2001)
(1751 Screens)

Gross: $24,185,781
(2 December 2001)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Scott Hicks calls the castle ruin figurine at the bottom of the carnival fish tank his "Atlantis reference" (commentary at 37:40).


The money that Bobby throws at his mother changes from behind her feet to in front of her feet.


[first lines]

Bobby Garfield (Adult):
Whenever it wants, the past can come kicking the door down. And you never know where it's going to take you. All you can do is hope it's a place you want to go.

Bobby Garfield (Adult):
[answering machine message]
Hi, you have reached the Garfield family. Jill and the boys are away skiing, you can reach them on their various cellphones. Me, I'm going to be on the road for a few days. I'll be back Tuesday.

User Review

A big, fat 'wow'


For some, Stephen King is just a mere auteur of horror stories. If you look
closer, you'll see he is much more. Nearly all his stories are melancholic
tales about the loss of childhood innocence. With a paranormal twist, but
that really isn't the most important. I even think that Hearts in Atlantis
would have worked even better, if the whole paranormal thing would have been
left out. The most interesting aspects of the story are Bobby Garfield and
his relationship with his mother, girlfriend and Ted. Whenever Ted brought
up the low-men, my personal interest curve got a bit of a dip, but hey it's
a Stephen King movie, I guess we'll have to live with it.

As it is, Hearts in Atlantis remains a wonderful film. It's the kind of film
where the scenes in the present are filmed in gloomy blue and grey tones,
and all the flashbacks get a golden sepia treatment. Sure it's been done
before, but rarely have the effects been of such a shattering

Anthony Hopkins, never shy of giving a bombastic performance, is remarkably
soft-spoken in this one, though I doubt that he was really interested in
this movie. The star of the show, however, is Anton Yelchin as Bobby
Garfield. He looks like the young Elijah Wood, with the same angelic blue
eyes, and he's truly captivating. He even has genuine chemistry with the
girl that plays his love interest. A big fat ‘wow' is in order here, let's
hope he'll get the chance to exploit his talents further.

It's a shame this movie failed at the box-office, but then again so did The
Shawshank Redemption. So let's all rent/buy this wonderful film, and boost
that IMDb score.

I gave this one a 9/10.