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Water for Elephants

Hal Holbrook and his tragic, true connection to Water for Elephants

Against all odds, Jacob (Robert Pattinson) and Marlena (Reese Witherspoon) find lifelong love in Water for Elephants

Against all odds, Jacob (Robert Pattinson) and Marlena (Reese Witherspoon) find lifelong love in 'Water for Elephants'. — Courtesy David James/20th Century Fox

In Water for Elephants, legendary star Hal Holbrook plays a retired circus veterinarian who, as a young man, left college and jumped a freight train to join a Depression-era circus. With heratbreaking candor, Holbrook tells Bill Newcott about his own deeply disturbed father, who abandoned him as a child and took off for life riding the rails as a hobo.

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