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Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, is sometimes named as a great work of fiction that cannot be filmed. Daniel Nearing demonstrates in "Chicago Heights" that's not necessarily true. The book is a collection of 22 short stories connected by the character George Willard, who comes of age there and reflects on the citizens he has grown to know. Perhaps one could make 22 short films. Nearing finds an approach that in 90 minutes accomplishes the uncanny feat of distilling the book's essence.

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Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. In 1975, he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism.

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Chicago Heights (2010)

Rated NR


Simone Wilson as Louise Trunnion

James Barbee as Dante Hard

Benny Stewart as Dr. Reefy

Raven Reeves as Clla Hand

Jay Johnson as Rev. Curtis Hartman

Michaele Nicole as Kate Swift

Keisha Dyson as Elizabeth Walker

Ron Jarmon, Jr. as Wash Williams

Andre Truss as Nathan Walker

Bran Harris as Tom Walker

Jason Coleman as The Stranger

William Gray as Sherwood Anderson/Old Nathan

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