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The Neon Bible Details


A young boy comes of age in rural Georgia during the 1940s in [[Performer~P86858~Terence Davies~terencedavies]]' challenging, visually powerful drama. Acclaimed for his nostalgic, beautifully photographed reflections on England's past ([[Feature~V121847~The Long Day Closes~thelongdaycloses]], [[Feature~V14028~Distant Voices, Still Lives~distantvoicesstilllives]]), Davies looks beyond his home country to America with this adaptation of a novel by John Kennedy Toole, author of A Confederacy of Dunces. The film is told through the eyes of David ([[Performer~P70971~Jacob Tierney~jacobtierney]]), a teenage boy struggling to deal with life in a troubled family. He reflects on his youthful experiences of his father ([[Performer~P41244~Denis Leary~denisleary]]), an abusive, impoverished worker who disappeared during World War II after enlisting in the army. David is left to care for his increasingly unstable mother ([[Performer~P63507~Diana Scarwid~dianascarwid]]) with the help of his Aunt Mae ([[Performer~P61889~Gena Rowlands~genarowlands]]), a lively big band singer. With David's recollections making up the loose plot, The Neon Bible stresses memorably intense images over narrative momentum, with cinematographer [[Performer~P86065~Michael Coulter~michaelcoulter]] creating sharp, painterly compositions. Some viewers will likely be frustrated by the slow pace and elliptical style, though others may be transfixed by the often stunning photography and poetic approach. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:March 1, 1995


Gena Rowlands
as Aunt Mae
Jacob Tierney
as David at age 15
Diana Scarwid
as Sarah
Drake Bell
Denis Leary
as Frank
Leo Burmeister
as Bobbie Lee Taylor
Charles Franzen
as Tannoy
Jill Jane Clements
as Woman
Frances Conroy
as Miss Scover
Peter McRobbie
as Rev. Watkins
Bob Hannah
as George
Tom Turbiville
as Clyde


Terence Davies
Elizabeth Karlsen
Olivia Stewart
Terence Davies
Michael Coulter
Robert Lockhart
Charles Rees
Philip Messina
Art Director
Stephen Woolley
Executive Producer
Nik Powell
Executive Producer
Monica Howe
Costume Designer
Cas Donovan
First Assistant Director
Renee Victor
Laura Rosenthal