A Map of the World (film)

A Map of the World is a 1999 American drama film, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Jane Hamilton. It was directed by Scott Elliott and stars Sigourney Weaver, Julianne Moore, and David Strathairn. Sigourney Weaver was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.

A Map of the World
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byScott Elliott
Produced byKathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Screenplay byPeter Hedges
Polly Platt
Based onA Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
Music byPat Metheny
CinematographySeamus McGarvey
Edited byNaomi Geraghty
Craig McKay
Distributed byFirst Look Studios
Release date
September 13, 1999 (TIFF)
January 21, 2000 (USA)
Running time
125 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$570,708


Alice Goodwin is a school nurse who lives with her husband Howard and two girls on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin. After the death of the daughter of her friend Theresa Collins on Alice's property, the couple watch helplessly as the community turns against them. To make matters worse, Alice finds herself fighting charges of child abuse.


In addition, the young daughters of Weaver's character were played by real life sisters Dara and Kayla Perlmutter.

Critical receptionEdit

Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film three and a half out of four stars, praising the performances, and likening it to such movies as Being John Malkovich and Three Kings in "being free—in being capable of taking any turn at any moment, without the need to follow tired conventions".[1] The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.


  1. ^ Ebert, Roger (February 4, 2000). "A Map of the World Review". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved December 17, 2009.

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