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Simple Life of Noah Dearborn

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Gregg Champion

Noah Dearborn, a simple farmer living in the south, had his life of solitude disrupted when real estate developers decide to fight him for his land. Noah is forced to summon all his strength in order to defend his property. Originally made for television. … see full wiki

Cast: Dianne Wiest
Director: Gregg Champion
Release Date: 1999
MPAA Rating: PG
1 review about Simple Life of Noah Dearborn

Simple Life of Noah Dearborn

  • Nov 18, 2008
Pros: actors, story

Cons: ...

The Bottom Line:
"Be something you love and understand.
Be a simple kind of man.
Wont you do this for me son,
If you can?"
~Lynyrd Skynyrd

The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn was an outstanding vehicle for Sidney Poitier.  He coupled all his quiet wisdom and simple delivery into this production that shows a man settled into his life.  He is, indeed, a simple man, living on the farm that has housed his family for generations.  Noah is 91 years old and referred to as ‘The Carpenter God' by the locals.  He does not rely on new found gadgets to ply his trade but God given talent and patience.

In fact, his home reflects his lifestyle having no electricity or the things that we think our lives just couldn't live without.  He never married but still makes the ladies about town have a flutter in their hearts just because of his grace and attitude.  He wants for nothing and his entire life is devoted to work, which he calls labors of love.  

But even in sleepy little towns The Man tends to stick their head into others business and this one is no exception.  Land developers want to put in a shopping center and the only thing stopping their progression is Noah's paltry little 35 acres of land.  The fact that he refuses their offer of $400,000 brings them to the conclusion that he must be crazy and they set forth to prove that he is addled and should be committed, allowing The Man to gain control of his property.

Nelson, the developer, will stop at nothing to get the end result, even convincing his psychologist girlfriend to access Noah's condition. 

Director Gregg Champion brought this wonderful story forward, written by Sterling Anderson.  It was nominated for 4 awards, including a Primetime Emmy.  It carries a PG rating for mild language.  It has a decent cast consisting of Sidney Poitier as Noah Dearborn; Dianne Wiest as Sarah; Mary-Louise Parker as Dr. Valerie Crane; and Bernie Casey as Uncle Silas.

Poitier brought grace and dignity to this role.  Each action and word was completely believable.  His dry wit and humor made his sparring with the officials quite comical.  Wiest, as Sarah, the owner of the local eatery, gave a playful interlude in her sly ways to get Noah to visit her property.  Parker was truly an irritant in Noah's side but provided an opportunity for the viewer to see another side of his demeanor.  Casey, as Noah's mentor Uncle Silas, gave great wisdom and humanity to his role.

This isn't a movie that would appeal to everyone because it is strictly character driven.  Sometimes, however, it is fine, and necessary, for the body to just absorb this thing we call acting and watch characters develop along with the story.


This movie is my submission to the Good Movies Write-Off 2, hosted by captaind as well as my submission into the Lean-n-Mean VII hosted by sleeper54


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