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The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (9-May-1999)

Director: Gregg Champion

Writer: Sterling Anderson

Music by: Joseph Conlan

Producers: Gregg Champion; Derek Kavanagh

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Frances Bay
23-Jan-1919 15-Sep-2011 Happy Gilmore
Bernie Casey
8-Jun-1939 20-Sep-2017 NFL wide receiver turned actor
George Newbern
10-Dec-1964   Justice League
Mary-Louise Parker
2-Aug-1964   Weeds
Sidney Poitier
20-Feb-1927   In The Heat Of The Night
Dianne Wiest
28-Mar-1948   Footloose


Sidney Poitier   ...   Noah Dearborn
Mary-Louise Parker   ...   Dr. Valerie Crane
George Newbern   ...   Christian Nelson
Frances Bay   ...   Mrs. Lewis
Bernie Casey   ...   Silas
John Bedford Lloyd   ...   Robert Murphy
Dianne Wiest   ...   Sarah McClellan
Donna Biscoe   ...   Nurse
Sharon Blackwood   ...   Gretchen
Joan Croker   ...   Receptionist
Von Coulter   ...   Petrini
Tommy Cresswell   ...   Dr. Hartman
Peggy Davis   ...   Woman at ATM
Christopher Ryan Dunn   ...   Noah (18 years old)
Terrence Gibney   ...   Dr. Cowans
Marc Gowan   ...   Dr. Wells
James Thomas Lee Knight   ...   Noah (8 years old)
Charles Lawlor   ...   Earl
Patty Mack   ...   Evelyn
Peter A. Marshall   ...   Lowell
Roxzanne T. Mims   ...   Noah's Mother
Afemo Omilami   ...   Noah's Father
Lonnie Smith   ...   Dumpster Driver
Frank Hoyt Taylor   ...   Simmons
Alex Van   ...   Krager
Libby Whittemore   ...   Ward Nurse
Jack Wilkes   ...   Orthopedic Doctor


Review by Wayne Davenport (posted on 17-Dec-2007)

I loved this movie because it portrayed some of the most important of human attributes: simplicity, honesty, and the demand for doing a good job with whaever tools are at hand. I was glad to see Poitier doing the role as he has the demeanor and sincerity to portray these characteristics. I am a bit of a sentimentalist, and I have loved Poitier's acting since the 1955 movie "Blackboard Jungle". There are some similarities in the message presented. I also was impressed that Poitier finally showed some aging, albeit very graceful.

Review by Ulsterman (posted on 13-Mar-2005)

Thank for very good movie which does much to encourage the single minded person to be himself/herself and to be contented thereby. There is too much pressure to conform to the idea of what other people would like "me" to be, so that "I" can be more popular and more comfortable with people amongst whom "I" have my living. The essential and underlying principle is that we do good and, again like Noah Dearborn, we learn to "serve" -- rather than just "to be served." Learning to put others first shows us the way to true contentment and a fulfilled existence. That way we can effectively put our talents to the proper use and make the lives of others and ourselves more enjoyable and enriched.

Noah Dearborn did all this for me and a whole lot more. Poitier at his thoughtful best -- even if the story line was a little far stretched at times. Thoughtful "feel good" movie -- just excellent. My occupation: property developer!

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