(1995)

By EW Staff
Updated June 07, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT
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HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT: Everett Collection

How to Make an American Quilt

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  • Movie

Ensemble chick flicks: ”How to Make an American Quilt”

THE PREMISE An engaged grad student (Winona Ryder) spends a summer with her grandmother Hy (Ellen Burstyn), great aunt Glady Jo (Anne Bancroft), and their quilting buddies — and ends up questioning her work, her relationships, and her life goals.

THE LEADING LADIES Ryder as The Soul Searcher, Burstyn as The Free-Spirited Grandma, Bancroft as The Grouch, Maya Angelou as the Master Quilter

THE SCOUNDRELS Loren Dean and Rip Torn play a pair of cheaters (though the women do their fair share of double-timin’ too).

YOU’LL LAUGH… When Hy and Glady Jo get stoned out on the porch, and their bickering turns into a giggle fit

YOU’LL CRY… When Glady Jo brings ice cream to the hospital room of Hy’s dying husband, and, with a simple glance, the feuding sisters’ terrible rift begins to heal

FUN FACT The film’s teeming ensemble cast included the stars of TV’s short-lived and much-loved My So-Called Life: Claire Danes and Jared Leto.

WHAT EW SAID ”This kind of movie is why God created Best Supporting Actress Oscars…. Despite a few threadbare patches, How to Make an American Quilt hangs together nicely.” (Read the review)

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How to Make an American Quilt

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  • Movie
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mpaa
  • PG-13
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  • Jocelyn Moorhouse

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