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The Beans of Egypt, Maine Details

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Carolyn Chute's fascinatingly complex novel Beans of Egypt, Maine was softened and simplified for this 1994 film treatment. Martha Plimpton plays Earlene Pomerleau, who resides in the Maine backwoods community of Egypt. Earlene is swept off her feet by her studdish, irresponsible neighbor Beal Bean (Patrick McGaw), the youngest member of the much-despised Bean family. She lives to regret her sexual impulsiveness, while Beal is forcefully reminded of the importance of family loyalty. Co-produced by PBS' American Playhouse, the film is a toned-down version of the rough-hewn Chute original, ending so abruptly that it seems as though someone tore out the last five script pages just before shooting started. Beans of Egypt, Maine has been released to video as Forbidden Choices. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Stevan Larner Best Cinematography 1994 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Kelly Lynch Best Supporting Actress 1994 Nominee

Cast

Martha Plimpton
as Earlene Pomerleau
Kelly Lynch
as Roberta Bean
Rutger Hauer
as Rueben Bean
Patrick McGaw
as Beal Bean
Ariana Lamon-Anderson
as Bonnie Loo
Michael MacRae
as Cole Deveraux
Jennifer Warren
as Cop #1
Ariana Lamon-Anderson
as Bonnie Loo
Jennifer Warren
as Cop #1
Michael MacRae
as Cole Deveraux

Crew

Jennifer Warren
Director
Miles A. Copeland III
Producer
Amanda DiGuilio
Producer
Paul Colichman
Producer
Rosilyn Heller
Producer
Bill Phillips
Screenwriter
Carolyn Chute
Book Author
Stevan Larner
Cinematographer
Mark Weingarten
Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Dixon
Editor
Rondi Tucker
Production Designer
Candace Clements
Costume Designer
Donald Paul Pemrick
Casting
Jodi Rothfield
Casting
Katie Ryan
Casting
Howard Brandy
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