Set Fire to the Stars

2015 • 97 minutes
3 reviews
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About this movie

Based on true events, Elijah Wood stars as John Malcolm Brinnin, the New York academic who brought Dylan Thomas to America. Actor/co-writer Celyn Jones plays the volatile celebrity poet – tormented by anonymity, alcohol and the abyss – who scandalized the Manhattan literati of the Fifties and challenged Brinnin’s hero worship of his work. In the face of the Welsh poet’s wilder excesses in the Big Apple – angel, beast and madman – John has no choice but to hijack Dylan to a private retreat to get him ready for America. The days and nights that follow will change his life forever. Part literary biopic and – shot in cut-glass black-and-white – part love-letter to the American B-movies of the Forties and Fifties, Andy Goddard’s debut feature is both a character driven chamber piece and a cautionary tale about the fly trap of meeting your heroes.

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3 reviews
jill henry
September 25, 2018
This movie is amazing... like everything about it is just awesome. The acting, writing, and visuals are what makes the movie. Elijah and Celyn are amazing
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A Google user
June 20, 2020
Elijah Wood does a great job in this movie. Dylan Thomas was a handful. Good character study with depth and compassion!
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