Release dateJuly 6, 2012 (2012-07-06) ScreenplayRob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman, Guy Thomas CastMorgan Freeman (Monte Wildhorn), Virginia Madsen (Mrs. O'Neil), Madeline Carroll (Willow O'Neil), Emma Fuhrmann (Finnegan O'Neil), Nicolette Pierini (Flora O'Neil), Kenan Thompson Similar moviesRelated Rob Reiner movies
TaglineA Re-Coming of Age Story.
The Magic of Belle Isle is a 2012 drama film directed by Rob Reiner and written by Guy Thomas. The film stars Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Emma Fuhrmann, Madeline Carroll, Kenan Thompson, Nicolette Pierini, Kevin Pollak and Fred Willard. The film was released on July 6, 2012, by Magnolia Pictures. In the UK the film was entitled 'Once More'.
Despite the name, the movie has no connection with Belle Isle in Richmond, Virginia.
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Monte Wildhorn (Freeman) is a famous Western novelist whose struggle to cope with the death of his wife six years earlier has sapped his passion for writing, and has caused him to begin drinking heavily. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, and befriends the family next door—an attractive single mother (Madsen) and her young daughters, who help him find inspiration again.
Morgan Freeman as Monte Wildhorn
Virginia Madsen as Charlotte O'Neil
Emma Fuhrmann as Finnegan "Finn" O'Neil
Madeline Carroll as Willow O'Neil
Nicolette Pierini as Flora "Flor" O'Neil
Kenan Thompson as Henry
Kevin Pollak as Joe Viola
Fred Willard as Al Kaiser
Ash Christian as Carl Loop
Jessica Hecht as Karen Loop
Boyd Holbrook as Luke Ford
The Magic of Belle Isle was filmed in the village of Greenwood Lake, New York in July 2011.
The Magic of Belle Isle received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 30%, based on 33 reviews, with a rating of 4.9/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 46 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 18 2012, and is currently available on Netflix Streaming.