A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a 2008 American biographical drama film directed by Marielle Heller and produced by Youree Henley, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub and Leah Holzer. The screenplay was written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster and is based on the novel ‘Can You Say…Hero?’ by Tom Junod.
Rated: PG (movie contains some strong thematic material, a brief fight and some mild language)
Run Time: 1h 49min
Release Date: November 22, 2019 (USA)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director: Marielle Heller
Studio: Sony Pictures Releasing
Budget: $25 Million
Box Office: $67.8 Million
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood stars Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Maryann Plunkett, Enrico Colantoni, Wendy Makkena, Noah Harpster, Christine Lahti, Carmen Cusack and Daniel Krell.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is the real-life story of a deep friendship developed between Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks) and journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys).
Lloyd Vogel is a journalist for Esquire magazine and is known for his cynical writing style. His editor Ellen (Christine Lahti) assigns him a 400-word profile piece for their upcoming issue on Heroes and wants him to profile Mr. Rogers who is a well known children’s television icon. Lloyd feels the article is beneath him but begrudgingly accepts the assignment and agrees to interview him and travels to the WQED studio in Pittsburgh to interview Mr. Rogers.
Determined to expose Rogers’ friendly persona as an act, Lloyd watches several episodes of his show but is unable to discern anything. As he spends more time with Mr. Rogers he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency, and finds his perspective on life transformed.
“Just think about all the people who loved us into being.” – Fred Rogers
“He’s just about the nicest person I’ve ever met. I just don’t know if he’s for real.” – Lloyd Vogel
“Do you know what forgiveness means? It’s a decision we make to release a person from the feelings of anger we have against them.” – Fred Rogers
“What’s it like to be famous?” – Lloyd Vogel
“Fame is a four-letter word. What matters is what we do with it.” – Fred Rogers
Official Movie Trailer
Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers
Matthew Rhys as Lloyd Vogel
Chris Cooper as Jerry Vogel
Susan Kelechi Watson as Andrea Vogel
Maryann Plunkett as Joanne Rogers
Enrico Colantoni as Bill Isler
Wendy Makkena as Dorothy
Noah Harpster as Todd
Christine Lahti as Ellen
Carmen Cusack as Margy
Daniel Krell as Mr. McFeely
Jessica Hecht as Lila Vogel