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1. Murphy's Romance
Director: Martin Ritt
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Director Martin Ritt (Norma Rae) helmed this offbeat romance that earned costar James Garner an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a widowed druggist who befriends a confused divorcee (Sally Field) and her son, who move to a small rural town to start over. The laid-back performance of Garner as a man finding love "for the last time in his life" contrasts wonderfully with Field's portrayal of a woman scared and unsure of what the future may hold for her, and the two of them together exhibit great comic timing. As well written and as deftly performed as any movie of its type, Murphy's Romance will rope you in with its winning style. --Robert Lane ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A true sleeper!!
This movie is a bit on the slow side but the pace increases later in the movie. Tremendous acting by James Garner & Sally Field. Even the supporting cast is fabulous. You won't regret owning this film.

5-0 out of 5 stars sweet, sappy, unadulterated fun!!
though a sleeper at the box office, this movie is one of my all time favorite films! with a superb cast, headed by sally fields and james garner, and a great soundtrack by carole king, "murphy's romance" is fun for everybody.

sally fields plays a single mom trying to start a new life for herself and her pre-teen son. simultaneously, she's falling in love with james garner's murphy, a warm, charismatic, much older man.

5-0 out of 5 stars Murphy is a character to look up to in a great film.
James Garner as Murphy is smart, confident, capable, wise and one class act. He is truly one of the greatest characters of all-time. This film is very romantic and the ending is brilliant. I have shown it to four friends and they all fell in love with the movie.

This is a subtle movie and if you like things obvious and over the top then you might miss the point of this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Open your eyes to an exquisite film
I cannot add much more praise than what has been said about this film, but I would advise film students, film instructors, and screenplay writers and teachers to study this film and add a proviso to their pedagogy that great filmmaking cannot BE TAUGHT. Imagine how many film schools, film students, and books on filmmaking and screenplays have been churned out since the nearly two decades that this film was produced, and ask yourself the question, why don't films today measure up the quiet brilliance of this fabulous work. The answer is plain. Inspired filmmaking, directing, acting, and genuine love for the medium and the audience cannot be taught or bought. Take my simple test: read and study Robert Mckee, Syd Field, etc., go get your M.F.A. in filmmaking and go out and make your film. If it's even close to the quality of this film, I'll eat my DVD player. Like a rock music addict's ears that have been damaged by loud music and can't distinguish the nuances of sound, our post-millenium sensibilities have numbed us to the nature of cinematic, albiet commercial art. To paraphrase Alan Paton, "Cry the Beloved Medium."

5-0 out of 5 stars Charming and relaxed
This is one of my favorite movies. James Garner and Sally Field are just great, the writing is very good (Garner's lines are just great), the pacing is relaxed but not slow, and the theme music by Carole King is as good as you'd expect (see if you can spot King in a cameo). What makes it all work wonderfully, however, is the excellent supporting cast. Everyone is a fully realized individual, the town feels like a real community, and there's not a bad actor in the bunch. If you want a love story that's about love and not hormones, buy this DVD. You'll be glad you did. ... Read more


2. Flash
Director: Simon Wincer
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The idyllic life of Connor Strong (Lucas Black, SLING BLADE), his dad (Brian Kerwin), grandmother (award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn), and horse Flash changes overnight when financial pressures force Connor's father to leave home and find work. Connor is forced to sell Flash, and then is heartbroken to discover that the new owners are cruel to his beloved horse. Connor rescues Flash, and together, they set off cross country to search for Connor's father. In classic Disney tradition, the adventures they have along the way will forever touch the hearts of young and old alike. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Rare Classic Jewell
I stumbled across this movie as I was switching channels. I had never heard of FLASH before. Well it was well worth my time. It is a down-home, pure, sincere movie that touches your heart. You want to reach into the TV and hug this kid. He has so much guts when he needs it. It kept me on the edge of my seat. You find yourself rooting for him and his horse all the way, especially during his misfortunes. I'm surprised this movie is not rated higher or not more popular. This kid is a great actor, it just comes natural to him. Disney you did it again!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming Disney family film.
FLASH is a very good Original "Wonderful World of Disney" film. It captures the heart and spirit of a young teenage boy and his beloved horse, obviously by the name of Flash. Actually, in the beginning of the film, Flash doesn't belong to Connor (Lucas Black), he's owned by some neighbors of his near his father's farm. When the neighbors have to sell Flash, Connor instantly jumps up and wants his father to buy the horse. At first, his father doesn't want to spend a lot of money on buying a horse. But of course, he does end up buying the horse for Connor. Anyway, when Connor's father goes away on a trip somewhere (I forget where he goes on the trip and why because I haven't seen the movie in a while), and leaves Connor alone with his grandmother and Flash. Suddenly, Connor's grandmother dies - and leaves Connor all alone with his horse! His father hasn't even come back yet! Connor then takes Flash to this wealthy farm to sell him for money and ends up working for the wealthy family at their stable to help pay for his family's house and everything. Then, the family wants to sell Flash and Connor doesn't want them to sell Flash because he's afraid he'll never see Flash again. So he ends up stealing Flash and running off together on a long journey to find his father while riding horse-back on Flash all the way! The cast is excellent and especially Lucas Black - he is a very talented young actor and should be recognized more (check him out in a recent flick called ALL THE PRETTY HORSES, also starring the ultra talents of Matt Damon and Henry Thomas...you know, the little boy from Steven Speilberg's ET?). An inspiring and entertaining film for all ages; both children and adults will love this film - I know I did!

5-0 out of 5 stars Flash
Flash was a wonderful movie. It had some very good points in it including that unfortunatley there are cruel, inhumane people in this world today who could care less about their horses and only care for publicity and money. When Conner discovers his horse Flash was in these circumstances he steals him back and begins the journey of a lifetime. he travels on horseback from georgia to new york in search of his father's ship. ... Flash was a wonderful movie. i reccomend it to any horse crazy nut. its worth it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great kids movie
I rented this awhile back, mainly because I have a soft spot for children's movies. Unfortunatly I viewed it through adult eyes and that's why I couldn't give it 5 stars, I'm sure some years back I would have though. It's a real sweet story with the classic Disney trademark on it, I'd say any horse crazy kid will love it. One little side note to the person who went off about this movie...yes kids may clamor for a horse, but most parents are smart enough to realize a horse costs way more than a dog. Also, by the age of two many thoroughbred horses are not only trained, but running strenuous races.

5-0 out of 5 stars I was the riding double for FLASH! It's a great movie!
I was the riding double for Lucas Black in this movie, and even though I'm partial to it, I believe it's a great flick. I now have a 2 year old daughter and I would totally let her watch this movie. We own and operate Rivermont Farm in Georgia, and I've always been really picky about how well a horse movie is done. I really thought Simon Wincer did a great job with Flash as he ALWAYS does with his movies. Simon directed movies such as Operation Dumbo Drop, Phar Lap, The Man From Snowy River, Free Willy, Blue Grass, and some other wonderful animal movies. Everyone I have ever met who has seen Flash loves this movie, and they are always so excited to hear I did the riding. It was a wonderful experience. Please put "FLASH" under the Christmas tree for your children this year. You won't be sorry! By the way, for the person who said a 2 year old couldn't do what this horse did in this movie...guess how old he was! He was 2! ... Read more


3. Common Ground
Director: Donna Deitch
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In Common Ground director Donna Deitch (Desert Hearts) uses three stories to explore attitudes toward homosexuality in the fictional small town of Homer, Connecticut, over a period of almost half a century. "A Friend of Dorothy's" tells the story of a girl who returns to Homer in 1954 after leaving the Navy.When it emerges that she was discharged after being arrested in a gay bar, she is ostracized by everyone except the owner of a local diner, a woman who has her own reasons for wanting to help Dorothy to escape. "M. Roberts" is set in 1974, when a gay teacher (Steven Weber) has to decide whether to jeopardize his career in order to help a troubled pupil who has been targeted by homophobic bullies. Finally, in present-day Homer, "Andy & Amos" follows the preparations for a gay wedding. While protesters gather on the town commons, Amos's father (Ed Asner) has to choose between long-held prejudices and his love for his son. Thanks to a Harvey Fierstein script that combines sexual politics with humor and believable characters, this is the most successful part of Common Ground. Ed Asner's gradual realization that his son's monogamous, long-term gay relationship is more conventional than most heterosexual marriages is deftly handled, achieving a balance between message and drama that the other stories lack.

Despite the credentials of their authors (playwrights Paula Vogel and Terrence McNally) the first two segments feel more like lectures than stories. Their impact is weakened by clumsy dialogue (Dorothy's mother actually says, "I have no daughter") and stereotypical characters. The film's message is an important one: the road to equality is built upon the struggles and sacrifices of past generations. Unfortunately Common Ground is too uneven to deliver that message with the force it deserves. --Simon Leake ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lived this life
As an openly gay man who was routinely beaten in high school, served for eight years in the Air Force and has enjoyed a wonderful committed relationship for sixteen years - this movie rang totally true.

The kids today have no comprehension of what we suffered and how those who came before us suffered. They can't even being to comprehend that being gay once meant prison, commitment to mental institutions, being outcast, unemployable, and being open to blackmail. Our lives were on the fringe and police abuse and exploitation were the suffrance.

In the 1950's it was routine to have to pay off police - who could arrest you at any time. Vice cops routinely patrolled streets and areas where gays frequented, looking to make an arrest - on the basis of a glance held too long. Usually, the arrests meant severe beatings. The arrests usually mean the loss of a job, losing your apartment and losing your family.

This film does a good job of laying out how underground we had to be in order to survive - being a Friend of Dorothy's meant a hell of alot more, just to survive. It was in many respects our underground railroad.

Our freedoms didn't come because the hostile elements in society gave up. We have them today because every generation made the world a little bit more tolerant. Every generation pushed a little bit harder. Every generation suffered so we would have it better.

For our straight friends, this is a testament to their willingness to help us change the world and to embrace civil rights for all. Above all else, this film is a valentine and a caution to all of us that our current civil rights can be upended and we can return to the world of the 1950's.

2-0 out of 5 stars A good collection of stories betrayed by bad filmaking
I hate to have to disagree with so many positive reviews, but I really couldn't stand this movie. If Jonathan Taylor Thomas, my personal crush, weren't in it, I'd have shut it off after the first twenty minutes. The script is awful, with scenes lending more to groans than tears, and the whole thing is just awfully trite. There is no strong message, no interesting metaphors, no aesthetically pleasing filmography...it's just a really long, really boring excuse to say "we're here, we're queer, and we're oppressed!"

But if you, like me, enjoy drooling over Jonathan, then just fastforward through the first 45 minutes and you'll be all set. It's awfully frustrating, though, to see him portray a gay character when he's not, declaredly, gay. I can only dream!

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it, loved it, loved it.
Great film.

However, I couldn't help but notice what an UGLY OLD HAG Margot Kidder has turned into! YIKES! I could hardly stand to look at her. LMAO

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Timely
Unforunately, this video is still very relavent today. Contrary to Mr. Diamond's comments - LGBTQ youth are still beaten and murdered today and are four times more likely than their straight peers to commit suicide (Mass. Youth Behavior 2000). I was harassed severely in high school and had to transfer due to physical threats. To say that youth today do not know what it was like is just plain wrong. As an active member of several queer youth organizations trust me, we know and we are grateful. But we have our own issues that maybe you are ignoring Mr. Diamond.

This movie is moving, and hey, JTT IS HOT!

Mark Snyder
20 yrs old.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best
I felt this film was very well made and acted. The stories are powerful and informitive. I would buy it again if I didn't already own it. A fantastic look at the change of acceptance over about 40 years in one small town. Lots of exceptional actors doing exceptional acting. This will entertain and can be used as a learning tool that is tactful and otherwise done in very good taste. ... Read more


4. Gold Diggers-Secret of Bear Mountain
Director: Kevin James Dobson
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3-0 out of 5 stars Where are Mike Nelson and the robots when you need 'em?
When this movie first came out, I went on opening day because I had wanted, for a very long time, to see Anna Chlumsky and Christina Ricci star in a movie together. I didn't expect the movie itself to be good, I just wanted to see those two act together.

I wasn't disappointed on either account.

Gold Diggers in enjoyable for two reasons. Firstly, Chlumsky and Ricci were probably the two best young actresses in Holywood at the time. Every line, exchange, even nuance is filled with an honest and intelligent understanding of their roles and the story around them. Their chemistry is magnificent, and you can tell they had a blast in the production of the film.

Second, Gold Diggers, as a movie, is so laughably bad that it deserved the attention, and running commentary, of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. The plot is ridden with cliches, and the script itself is a nit-picker's goldmine. The story is easily predictable, the ending is all but given away by the opening voice-over, and the acting - other than Chlumsky and Ricci's - is as amusingly third-rate as the writing.

I wouldn't say this is a movie to buy, but by all means it is worth the rent when you're in the mood.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't give this movie 2 stars give it 5!!!!!
I rented this yesterday and this is the second time I've seen it the first time I've seen it was on TV on ABC and let me tell you this is one of my most favorite films I've ever seen I think Christina Ricci is great in this film you should buy this or rent it it's one of my favorites if you don't get this you'll regret it believe me it is one of the best films that you've seen!!..

5-0 out of 5 stars Best child actresses
Anna and Christina are two of the best child actresses I've ever seen act together. This movie symbolizes the meaning of true friendship. By the way, does anyone know when and if it will come out on DVD?

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful great movie EVERY family should own!!!
A movie about 2 totally different young girls that take an AWESOME adventure the ENTIRE FAMILY CAN ENJOY!!!! Great music,Cool actors,Fun story,happy ending.What more can you want? Its worth EVERY penny! So GET YOUR COPY TODAY!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment
It was on Disney when I saw it, and I thought it to be good entertainment. There are 'things' that are wrong with it of course but if you can over look those on-site flaws, it's fine. It was one of the good ones but then I have to watch what is on broadcast TV; I don't do theaters. I would say the age range would be young, and grandparent age (mine) but anyone might like it. I was young once and so I enjoyed the partnership the two had in the version I saw. ... Read more


5. Switched at Birth
Director: Waris Hussein
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Truly Heart Warming Story
I absolutely loved this movie. I have seen it about 100 times, and it still gets to me. I highly recommend this movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie!
When I first found this movie for rent, I rented it and watched it, and immediatly fell in love. I rented it over and over again. I would strongly reccomend this movie to anyone it is a great movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars Switched at Birth, a must see
This movie was put together with such excellence and the best of acting. Being an extremely emotional movie it is beyond heart tugging to know what these people went through in real life and how these excellent actors do such a superb job of telling this dramatic story. Bonnie Bedelia and Brian Kerwin are amazing. The music that went along with this story, and each time right before the movie broke for a commerical break how it would show an upcoming scene and the music that followed, you just didn't want to leave your seat for a moment. Very inspirational because although your heart breaks for the horrible tragedies that happened, it is so heartwarming and uplifting and some good does prevail in the end. I can honestly say that I have never ever seen anything like it. I have had it on tape since 1992 and there are times I will put it on and watch it because it is just so powerful and sometimes I just need a good healthy cry. It is not all about tears and it is well put together but I would have to question anyone that was not emotional over this. Excellent movie. Must see!

5-0 out of 5 stars Switched at Birth
Hello. The movie Switched at Birth was a very emotional movie, that I really enjoyed. I think that this should be a 5 star movie because it was suspenceful in a good way. Always kept me wondering what was going to happen next, and was a one that kept you watching. This is also a great movie because it can be watched by everyone in the family not just the Grownups in the household. My children also loved it we saw it at a relatives house and whenever my children go over there they always want to watch it. This is a great movie for all ages. ... Read more


6. Torch Song Trilogy
Director: Paul Bogart
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Harvey Fierstein had a smash hit on Broadway with the stage version of this story about a drag queen, but whatever the magic there was doesn't show up in this film adaptation. (Fierstein allegedly couldn't line up an A-list or even B-list director in 1988 to tackle the gay story line, so he agreed to work with Paul Bogart, a ubiquitous television director but an undistinguished feature filmmaker.) Fierstein's performance is fine, but likely a shadow of his live work, while Anne Bancroft is very strong in the role of his character's mother. Matthew Broderick went against the tide of fear shared by most Hollywood actors at the time about playing gay characters. The times have certainly changed since then. --Tom Keogh ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "A pretty person who goes after a ugly person gets cab fare"
In 1988, the film version of the Tony Award-winning, landmark play "Torch Song Trilogy", which was written by the outspoken and very witty Harvey Fierstein, was released to theaters. Written originally as three separate one-act plays between 1978 and 1979 ("The International Stud", "Fugue in a Nursery" and "Widows and Children First"), Harvey Fierstein combined them into the more familiar three-act play "Torch Song Trilogy" in 1981 since each one-act play focused on the life of a gay man named Arnold (played by Harvey Fierstein), who is a gay drag-show entertainer. In the first act, Arnold meets a stranger at a bar named Ed (Brian Kerwin). A precarious relationship develops quickly between Ed and Arnold, but Ed also wants to marry a woman named Laurel (Karen Young). In the second act, Arnold meets a young man named Alan (Matthew Broderick) at the club where Arnold performs. A long-term relationship develops between Arnold and Alan until an unexpected tragedy occurs. The third act focuses on Arnold taking care of a teenaged son, David (Eddie Castrodad) that he & Alan had adopted, as well as Arnold's ongoing difficulties with his mother (Anne Bancroft).

With excellent dialog, engaging personalities and superb acting, "Torch Song Trilogy" is a fantastic film, demonstrating not only the love that exists within gay couples, but also the very real difficulties that many gay men face in their daily lives, including the all-too-often difficulties with family members who cannot accept them for who they are. Harvey Fierstein's unique voice adds a special flare to his drag show performances, as well as to his arguments with his mother. Anne Bancroft's performance is superb and emotional. Matthew Broderick did a wonderful portraying Alan. Interestingly, he had played the teenaged son David when "Torch Song Trilogy" was being performed on stage as a play. Brian Kerwin and Karen Young also portray their roles well. Other significant characters in the film include Bertha Venation (Charles Pierce), Marina Del Rey (Alex Vera), the young Arnold (Benji Schulman) and Murray (Kevin Page). Overall, I rate "Torch Song Trilogy" with 5 out of 5 stars. It's especially great to be able to watch the film on widescreen DVD.

4-0 out of 5 stars The great Harvey
I adore this movie for its lead performances and sheer sense of life. It's a one-of-a-kind film with the most unconventional leading man ever to appear in a Hollywood feature: the unforgettable Harvey Fierstein. Not only does Fierstein dominate every scene in which he appears, but he also wrote the screenplay adaptation from his original Broadway play.

The stage version of Torch Song Trilogy, as its title suggests, consists of three self-contained one-act plays. Performed together, the three plays tell the continuing story of Arnold, a Brooklyn drag queen extraordinaire. The movie follows the stage version fairly closely, but adds several new characters along the way, together with some fresh (and sparkling) dialogue in this most quotable of movies. All of the additions, in fact, improve on the original, and Ken Page and Charles Pierce in the roles of Arnold's fellow performers endow the movie with some marvellously campy moments.

The movie is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking. It also manages to be thought-provoking without being preachy. Anne Bancroft is superb as Harvey Fierstein's larger than life mother, and the many confrontational moments between the two are as powerful as they are truthful. Some have complained that Bancroft's performance is too over the top in a scenery-chewing kind of way, but I loved it. Besides, as gay friends in the same situation as Fierstein's character have told me, this is exactly how their mothers reacted to THEIR homosexuality.

Among the other cast members, Brian Kerwin does a fine job as Ed, the confused bisexual lover of Arnold, and Matthew Broderick is a winsome Alan, the young man who walks into Arnold's life at an unexpected moment in the movie. Broderick was no stranger to Torch Song Trilogy, having played the part of David, Arnold's adopted son, in the 1981 stage version. Here the part of David is played by newcomer Eddie Castrodad, who plays an almost-convincing 15-year-old despite the fact that he was in his early 30s at the time.

But it is Harvey Fierstein whose extraordinary presence, wit, and acting range hold this movie together. For those who have only seen his cameo roles in Hollywood fodder such as Independence Day and Mrs Doubtfire, his performance here will come as a huge surprise. He is unique; there is no other word for it.

The only blight on this otherwise splendid movie is Paul Bogart's flat, uninspired direction. His treatment simply lacks the magic touch this story so richly deserves, and it's a great shame that such an outstanding cast and script were let down by his TV movie approach.

But don't let that put you off buying this priceless gem of a movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best gay film of all time
Every person that I turn on to this movie absolutely loves it and eventually adds it to their dvd collections as a result. Even after watching TST many, many times (and believe it or not, it is playing now!) I still believe it is the very best gay themed movie of all time..and I have seen them all...Superb acting, laugh-out-loud funny and very touching...Bancroft and Fierstein shine!

If you are straight (or gay in some cases) and can't stand gay people, don't even bother renting or buying this film. But, regardless of your sexual orientation, if you are a mature, openminded person, and respect all people for who and what they are, you will enjoy it.

Get it. You'll love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Warm and Funny and Heartfelt
I gave this 5 stars based on its original release date. Yes, it is a bit dated now, but it really does not hurt the film if you look at it as a snapshot of the time. Fierstein is just wonderful. I dare you to not love Arnold by the end of this movie. He is warm, funny, sentimental, loyal, and kind - and still not sappy; an oddball hero that you can't stop hoping for. (ugh- preoposition). Broderick is charming and romantic as the knight in shining armor. Kerwin is heartbreaking and has some beautiful scenes to work with here. Bancroft is a force-of-nature and while she is sometimes over-the-top, she still remains very human. A comedy, semi-period piece, love story about family,blood or otherwise, and the things that bring us together and ultimately hold us together. Quite wonderful actually.

5-0 out of 5 stars The No.1 Classic Gay Drama I have Ever Watched.
Finally, I have seen a gay movie which is not merely about the misery of being dumped by a gay lover or trying to come out in a family.

Torch Song Trilogy is a biographical work about the life of the protagonist drag queen, Arnold. The movie starts humourously with the mother's discovery of the son hiding in a closet and trying to beautifying himself with her make-up. The mother yelled, "What are you doing in the ---". Then the mother knew what was going on.

The movie can be basically divided into three parts (that's why it's titled trilogy) - his career as a professional drag queen (or politically correct - a female impersonator), during which he knew a bisexual man; his falling in love with a middle class boy who is still uncontaminated by the world. He, however, was sadly, killed by hateful discrimination. Finally, the movie has a touch of adopting a (gay) son and brings out the issue of gay parenting. The movie ends with a fight, not a reconciliation, between the mother and the gay son. Each part of the movie tells you the life and the bumpy road Arnold was living through at the moment. The movie does not depict it in a pitiful way, or else, it lets the plot bring out the emotio spontaneously to the audience. The dialogues are clever, symbolic and witty. The acting is professional and does not go over the top. The director deals with the fantastic scripts carefully and the final scene of Arnold holding the three most valuable things in his life in a chair is simply self-effacing.

Torch Song Trilogy is a gay classic drama. There is nothing pretentious. The movie does not ask for your pity for Arnold's tragic life, but your understanding of what he has been through. ... Read more


7. Hard Promises
Director: Martin Davidson
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
My husband and I recently saw this movie on the Pax Channel and I really liked the movie even though I wish the ending would have been better (The wandering husband and wife getting back together, however over all I like the movie and all the actors did a great job. My husband that it was a bit too mushy for his tastes.

5-0 out of 5 stars William Petersen and Sissy Spacek are great
William Petersen is a wandering husband who's wife (Spacek) has obtained a divorce without his knowledge. When his daughter sends him a wedding invitation, Petersen heads for home, thinking he can re-charm his ex into cancelling her wedding. It has some laughs and a tear jerker ending. Great movie I recommend to all.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Movie
Though this story plays out with awkward intelligence, it is a good
movie that won't drain you to watch. It's all about one family who sees Sissy Spacek's now ex-husband come back from being out of town for way longer than is acceptible. We learn early in the story that he has a pre teen daughter who adores him. And she has to suffer the same way his wife does because despite good intentions, he can't come back to reclaim what was once his.

5-0 out of 5 stars all women considering marriage should see this
More than just "pleasant," as the previous review suggests, this film with the sexy star of CSI William Petersen, reveals the mature choice women must make in weeding out suitors. Spacek's character must choose between the sexy but problematic ex and the cherishing beau.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Pleasant Romantic Comedy!!
A wandering ex-husband (William Peterson) is shocked when his former wife(Sissy Spacek) is gettting married from a wedding invitation sent by his daughter who tries to convince him to reconcile with his ex-wife before she gets married.This nicely done movie is a very pleasant romantic comedy well worth seeing!! ... Read more


8. Jack
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
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Jack is Francis Coppola at his most pointless noodling, looking for the film he wants to make instead of just making it. Robin Williams stars as 10-year-old Jack, a boy with an inexplicable disease that ages him at four times the normal human rate. Kept at home like a contemporary Boo Radley, Jack becomes a neighborhood legend until his parents relent and send him to school. In time, the other kids befriend him and stay loyal as his hyperdevelopment puts a strain on his body and emotions. The idea is sound, but the execution is a bore. The best the script and Coppola can come up with are painfully long scenes in which Williams's character proves himself on the playground and in gross-out contests in a tree house. Coppola fishes around for signs of life and spontaneity in these scenes, but the film is actually best when Jack has to cope with certain feelings in his mature body (such as his attraction to a character played by Fran Drescher) that he isn't prepared for emotionally. Jack would have been a lot better if Coppola had embraced a plan from beginning to end and stuck to it. --Tom Keogh ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Jack hits close to home
A: 4/5 Stars

Robin Williams gives an outstanding performance in "Jack", a movie about a boy with an extreme growing disorder.
We first see Mrs. Powell dressed as a witch at a costume party from which she is rushed to a hospital where she gives birth to Jack Powell after being pregnant for only ten weeks. We learn that Jack has a disorder that causes him to grow four times the normal human rate.
We then see Jack spending his days lonely and holed up in his home, a ten year-old boy that has the physical body of a forty year-old man. Bill Cosby plays Jack's private instructor, who homeschools him.
Finally, after prodding from his instructor, Jack's parents allow him to go to school.
Jack is at first shunned and ridiculed by his fellow fifth-graders, but slowly earns their friendship by proving that you can't judge a book by its cover.
The movie ends at Jack's high school graduation. Jack was valedictorian and gives a powerful speech. By this time Jack appears to be an elderly man, but is really 18.
Jack is a heart warming and laughter provoking movie about enjoying life while you have it, and I highly recommend it.

J: 4/5 Stars

"When a shooting star streaks through the blackness turning night into day, make a wish and think of me and make your life spectacular. I know I did." -Robin Willliams as Jack
Jack is a bittersweet tale about a boy who, despite certain setbacks, is determined to live and enjoy his childhood.
The movie begins after an odd premature birth, where we learn that Jack ages at four times the average rate. Because of this he is kept out of society for ten years. Jack is visited by a tutor (Bill Cosby) every day. Although the tutor likes teaching Jack, he realizes that he is lonely and convinces Jack's parents to insert him into the public education system. At first he isn't too popular, but finally he wins over the class by using his condition to his advantage. The ways he gets them to accept him are refreshingly true: he can buy porno magazines and dominate the basketball courts. However, Jack has several confrontations with the adult world. His attempts of getting together with his school teacher fails and ends up getting in a brawl at at the local bar. It doesn't help when he recieves a "what I want to be when I grow up" assignment that truly affects him. When his friends are twenty he will probably be dead. The movie ends with a speech of triumph that is both tear jerking and heart warming.
Robin Williams definitely wins the best perfomance award. Here, he is able to bring a poignancy to the role while capturing the youthfulness of being a kid. Francois Ford Coppolay who is usually the director of hard, serious dramas, (see the Godfather) has taken a different route by making a human drama enclosed by comedy. Because of this, he has made one of the most honest movies in recent years. Jack is a joy to watch and a movie to treasure.

5-0 out of 5 stars very funny
This plot is so original, and you know if Robin Williams is in the movie its gonna be hilarious. It was ! Boy that rapidly grows as he ages. Ha too funny. Great to watch with the whole family. Very light hearted film.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing cast includes Robin Williams, Diane Lane & J-Lo
This very funny and touching film has an amazing cast... ROBIN WILLIAMS (Mrs Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting), DIANE LANE (Unfaithful, Perfect Storm), BILL COSBY (The Cosby Show), and JENNIFER LOPEZ (Out of Sight, Maid in Manhatten).

The story is cool and the directing by FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA is very good. Worth checking out for the excellent performances by the all-star cast.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Lopez in "Jack"
10-year-old Jack is a boy with a unique condition that makes his body age four times faster than normal. He convinces his parents to let him attend fifth grade in a public school, but his 40-year old appearance creates all sorts of havoc for him!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
Well, I saw this movie a long while ago, but I still would love to watch it again (even though I don't own it, poo)..."Jack" is the cutest movie I have seen! Robin Williams is the all-time greatest comedian, and I especially love how they put Bill Cosby in it! This movie is funny, sad, and very touching, especially twoards the end. Everyone who is a child at heart should go out and buy this movie! Who can turn down a great Robin Williams film? ... Read more


9. King Kong Lives
Director: John Guillermin, Charles McCracken (II)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not that bad...
Pointless sequel, they should have left poor King Kong dead. Linda Hamilton (along with a bunch of other doctors) brings ol' King Kong back to life, but this time... somewhere in some jungle, they find Lady Kong, whom they drag to the US... then a strange romance unveils between both Kongs... and on and on.
I'm not surprised why they didn't do a follow up to this one.
Average special effects, but this movie has a haunting musical score.

2-0 out of 5 stars King Kong might live but he will regret it with this turkey
"King Kong Lives" is so boring that even pre-schoolers will probably get up and wander out of the room on this one to go play with a cardboard box or watch paint dry. It is one thing to make a sequel to a splatter flick where Michael/Jason/Freddy constantly comes back from the dead, but another thing to try and put the same trick with King Kong. Thousands of people die around the world each year because of heart attacks, but working on an artificial heart for a 50-foot ape who has been in a coma for ten years seemed like a good idea to heart specialist Amy Franklin (Linda Hamilton). Meanwhile, in the jungles of Borneo big game hunter Hank Mitchell (Brian Kerwin) finds a female Kong. This is good news because she can provide the blood Kong needs during the operation (let us all think about the world's biggest by-pass machine). Amy falls for Hank because they have so much in common, while the two apes do the same. Needing privacy, Kong and his love flee into the woods where the Army proceeds to hunt them down. The movie makes it seem like it only took the army a couple of days to hunt down two 50-foot apes running loose in the wild, but it must have been many, many months because when the Army catches up with them the female Kong is in labor.

This movie is jaw-droppingly bad. But given that Jessica Lange survived the original "King Kong" remake and Linda Hamilton had some success after this turkey, there is really no reason for any young actress to ever turn a role in one of these films, no matter how bad the script. King Kong's leading ladies do pretty well. The gap between the original "King Kong" and the remake is certainly a lot closer than "King Kong Lives" and the original sequel, "Son of Kong." Sure, that one had the mystery of where was Frau Kong all this time, but that giant hole is nothing compared to the rampant stupidity in this one. The person I respect after watching this film would have to be Margaret Mitchell, who avoided having a sequel to "Gone With the Wind" for half a century. Way to go Mrs. Peggy Marsh!

1-0 out of 5 stars Mistake On My Part, And The Director's
It's long after Kong fell off the Empire State Building, and all this time scientists tried to save Kong with an arteficial heart. Meanwhile the army finds out about Lady Kong and try to kill both of them. This plot is good but they make the movie seem so boring you want to run away. I was going to get Rodan when I was younger but my mom showed me this and I chose it. Turns out Rodan was 17,000,000,000 times better than this pathetic film. If you want to die of boredom, watch this terrible excuse for a King Kong movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatly entertaining.
This sequel to the 1976 remake of King Kong is pure cheese, but very entertaining for monster fans! I found it more entertaining than King Kong (1976), and not as long and drawn out as the latter movie.

Highly recommended if you can get a copy of it.

1-0 out of 5 stars It actually makes the Godzilla movies look good....
1986 sequal to the terrible 1976 remake, finds Linda Hamilton and a bunch of scientists revive Kong with a new mechannal heart, then they find a Lady Kong and the two have a son, all the while the military wants all the apes dead. It really is a cheesy movie with bad effects work. Two actors in terrible ape suits. A lousy music score and terrible acting by everyone. Thankfully they never followed it up with another movie. It's not a key with the recent Godzilla movie that put a supernatural take on the Big G. Bleeech. ... Read more


10. Unlikely Angel
Director: Michael Switzer
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Holiday Movie
Dolly Parton plays Ruby Diamond in this touching Christmas story. Ruby meets an untimely death, and before entering heaven wants to become an angel. She is sent back to earth on a mission, and if she succeeds she will get her wings. She has to complete a mission before midnight on Christmas Eve. Ruby is now a nanny for a dysfunctional family who is trying to cope after the death of the mother in the family. The family is disconnected, the father a workaholic and the two children feeling distanced. Ruby helps the family realize they need each other, and need to stick together. Overall it is a wonderful holiday movie that will warm your heart. Dolly sings some wonderful songs too. Overall a well written movie, and Dolly is excellent in it. Add this one to your collection, it will brighten any Christmas.

5-0 out of 5 stars unlikely good movie
i wasn't expecting much when i bought this movie. i love dolly parton, so i bought it. it really makes me happy. i miss 80's christmas movies of the week, like that one where patty duke has given her son up for adoption to some rich people and then he runs away and spends christmas with her and her family in some rural all-american town. that was a good one! this one is even better! it has all the ingredients for a made-for-tv holiday classic - whiny children who can't act, roddy mcdowell as some spiritual bigwig, dolly's bigwigs, dolly's big, christmas decorations that fart, dolly parton in lingerie, dolly parton singing, children who shop-lift, and much much more. totally superb and very heartwarming.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good
"Fun for the whole family" really means it's only appropriate for 10 or 12-year-olds. While that also applies to this movie, it can be sappy and few times I'm embarrassed to be watching it (as a guy in my 20s), but it actually IS pretty good and I would probably buy it on DVD but it isn't worth paying over $20 for. Maybe I would buy it around Christmastime.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best christmas movie ever!
The only movie i watch every christmas, it's become tradition. Have to have, and you should 2.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Must See!"
I bought this movie, and I was pleased. It is a great movie, and Dolly Parton is perfect for the part.Dolly Plays Ruby Diamond..a singer that needs to earn her wings by helping a family...will she get them, or will the clock run out? Watch it and Find out!!! It is a great movie for your family during the holidays, or anytime of the year! ... Read more


11. Volcano: Fire on the Mountain
Director: Graeme Campbell
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2-0 out of 5 stars Truly dreadful -give me VOLCANO any day.
A cheapjack rip-off of DANTE's PEAK. A mountain town is threatened by a volcano, which consumes two young lovers at the start(so did PEAK!), and lo and behold, the townspeople do not believe the volcanologist who constantly warns everyone to evacuate. When the lava flows, it looks more like Heinz Tomato Soup! The effects are not awful enough to be cheesy! They are just simply laughable. And how do they save the town? see for yourself . . . and it had me thinking 'oh do me a favour.' Even SOUTH PARK has more realism than this low-grade turkey.

5-0 out of 5 stars An awesome adventure movie
This movie is the most exciting edge-of-your-seat volcano action movie out there is!! Micah Gardener does an incredible acting job as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars This movie is very good.
This movie is the best volcano movie I have seen. The fx in this movie are awesome. It is a movie that you can watch over & over because it never gets tiring to watch. So I recommend, SEE THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!! ... Read more


12. Love Field
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
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4-0 out of 5 stars LOVE FIELD
Michelle pfeiffer is a delight to see. from the hair to the accent!!!!! the black man was supposed to be played by denzel washington at that time, but it didn't materialized. But to be fair the black man was convincing. the story has many plots, but for me the best is her obsession with the kennedys during the first part of the movie. Just bad that toward the end the plot concentrated on the man and michelle's escape from the police and for me its not very interesting!!!!! But still the movie is engrossing, you just have to pay attention. After all you have Michelle Pfeiffer on the screen, you won't get bored!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! A movie that will make the audience think.
I will always wonder why this movie did not get the attention it deserved. Perhaps people still shy away from the racial issue. Whatever the answer may be, it is a terrible pity, since it was probably Michelle Pfeiffers best performance ever.
Moreover this movie, centred around the growing affection between two people from different cultural and racial background brings the racial isssue closer to the public then any other movie I have ever seen.
Excellent acting, a good script and the controversial subject treated with a sublety that in no way distracts from its importance make this the top movie in it's genre

5-0 out of 5 stars Why Michelle Pfeiffer is the best.
Hollywood wouldn't know a great character driven movie/script if it hit them with a MACK truck,this film should have received much more attention. Michelle Pfeiffer should have won the Oscar for her role and talent breathing life into the child like naive Texan, Lurene. The "very blond" hairdresser from Dallas deals with her reality by viewing her life through the eyes of Jackie Kennedy. Even down to owning the clothing patterns for Jackie's wardrobe and dealing with her own life's regrets through Jackie's eyes, it is destiny that she attend the President's funeral to give support to Jackie. On her journey she encounters a black man with his own regrets and problems, along with his young daughter Jonell, "Joan Ellen". As their paths meet, so do a variety of crisis that brings their point of views together. Racial observers looking at Lurene and Paul funny because of their acquaintace with each other, but the childlike Lurene doesn't understand why. This is definately a treat to watch, and as a native Dallas/Fort Worth Texan, I vow that Michelle nailed the character Lurene as very believeable, from the accent to her viewpoint as a Texan in the 60's...with a special touch of course. Treat yourself and watch this movie!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Film
I can't begin to understand why this film was ignored by audiences everywhere, but I am glad I had the opportunity to watch this film. Love Field is about a woman obsessed with Jackie Kennedy and she has to meet her when she and JFK arrive at the Dallas airport. Later on in the picture, Michelle Pfeiffer's character leaves her husband and on the way meets a father and his daughter and befriends them. It may seem like a 'simple' movie, but Love Field is a touching film worth your time.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Heart-felt story. One of Pfeiffer's best.
Love Field is a wonderful film about a confused relationship between a man and a woman. The acting is fantastic, the script is great, an the direction is inspired. Pfeiffer definitley deserved her nomination for this great film. I loved every minute of it. ... Read more


13. Hometown USA
Director: Max Baer Jr.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Not much to it.
This is certainly one of the bigger pieces of fluff to come out of the '70s. A 20-something year old high school "kid" is considered to be a total loser. He takes a brand new Chevy convertible from an acquaintance without asking permission. Now he's becoming friends with the cool guys and catching the eyes of some ladies. That's it. Harmless but usually quite boring.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fun Max Baer Film
I really like Max Baer film's. They have a cool hands-on feel. This one is about a geeky teen in the fifties who borrows a car without asking and suddenly has friends because the car is really hot. Amusing and fun Max Baer entry. Check out ODE TO BILLY JOE and MACON COUNTY LINE for his two best known films

2-0 out of 5 stars Rodney C. Duckworth RULES!
A low-grade imitation of American Graffiti/Animal House/Hollywood Knights, et. al. that was all the rage in the late 70s/early 80s. The adventures of a geek named Rodney C. Duckworth and his efforts to end his virginity. Directed by Max Baer, Jr. (Jethro Bodine from the Beverly Hillbillies, who was better off as a brain surgeon or double-knot spy). Quack on, brother Rodney, you RULE! ... Read more


14. Mr. Jealousy
Director: Noah Baumbach
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5-0 out of 5 stars "Do People Still Spit in the Cream Pitcher?"
While Mr. Jealousy hinges on the darker side of relationships than did Noah Baumbach's first feature, Kicking and Screaming, it's still a smartly stylized romantic comedy you're not likely to find at the top of the box office--but that's usually a good thing. In the tradition of Woody Allen and Jean Renoir (catch the Rules of the Game reference at the beginning of the film), Baumbach has crafted a neurotic, idiosyncratic love story, that, unlike Allen especially, seems to recover from its human folly with a somewhat optimistic ending. You're liable to laugh out loud at all of Carlos Jacott's (the real Vince's) scenes, as he pretty much reprises his role from Kicking and Screaming as a vulnerable yet loveable goofball--his moments in group therapy alone are worth seeing the flick.

5-0 out of 5 stars Literate, Funny, Touching, and Beautiful
What I liked most about Mr. Jealousy was that it was really about these two writers and their growth and development as real people. The literary jokes were, like Kicking and Screaming, refreshingly funny. The fact that Mr. Jealousy is supposed to be a romantic comedy and is totally misrepresented by the trailer and box graphics/description might mislead certain people into seeing this movie. The film is really very sad at what should be the ending. The last bit that turns the movie into a "happy ending" seemed contrived and pasted on. Kicking and Screaming did not have that problem, but the ending really does not detract much from the movie's overall beauty and humor. I would definitely recommend seeing Kicking and Screaming first to appreciate the director's development of the "becoming an adult" theme which is further developed in Mr. Jealousy.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Rare Mediocrity
Mirabella calls it "a comic revelation." I had a different reaction. I fell asleep. This in of itself cannot be considered a pan, as I have fallen asleep during a lot of movies that were highly acclaimed, such as the first Star Wars, which I saw with my dad and bored me to tears-or would have if I could have focused on the screen for more than the first twenty minutes. (He was there with his spanking new family.) This movie, which the New York Times of Jason Blair fame, calls "a shrewd comedy" I found to be wanting. The back of the DVD calls it "the most possessive romantic comedy ever." However, Lester, played by Eric Stoltz, is only vaguely jealous, which is appropriate considering the hair styles and vapid conversation of his new love interest, Ramona (Anabella Sciorra). Sciorra, who is not bad to look at, has a richly boring erotic past of flings with some twenty-odd twenty-somethings, each one (from what the sleeping reviewer can gather) a more inane yuppie than the last. And none of her inane yuppie love interests is more aggravating than Dashiell Frank (Chris Eigeman), the New York generation X writer who receives huge contracts for his best-selling short stories of intercourse in unusual positions with his x-girlfriends, of whom Ramona is, to Lester's consternation. Well, without giving the plot away (difficult considering my sleep and its absence), let's just say that the inanely unjealous Lester (who turns down a scholarship to the Iowa writing program because "he isn't interested in school"-MTV beckons, no doubt) spots the enviable and dashingly intellectual Frank and, following him, joins his group therapy group under an alias. Why? You'd have to ask the writers (?) but my guess is that, as so often in modern "cinema," these same writers were neuronally overstimulated from MSG from all the Chinese take out that they ate during the day (or two) when the screenplay, for which they were certainly overpaid, was composed. And group therapy (arguably the exact opposite of the solitary task of writing-but not of the Hollywood group marketing that passes for writing!) must have just commended itself to them as a brilliant technical device to tell their story. Edith Wharton in the introduction to Ethan Frome tells of the necessity of having the stories of simpler people told by more intelligent or complex ones. I think something similar occurs in movies like this: the would-be complex and intelligent writers (usually paid for by oil executives that own the film conglomerates) choose (or are forced to choose) as their subject matter relatively simple and less bright "ordinary people." It is this leveling process that may be in part responsible for what Kurt Vonnegut calls the American tendency of "aspiring to mediocrity." In short, a must-have for the serious possessive romantic comedy collector.

4-0 out of 5 stars Huge Stoltz Fan
I enjoyed this movie Ilaughed a lot and Eric seemed he liked the role he played.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great film.
I loved this movie, and for some reason didn't see it when it first came out. My girlfriend made me watch it which is kind of a bad sign but I think for all the right reasons. Great acting and music, it's funny and kind of sadly weird too. I'd never heard of it, but now I'm showing it to my friends. ... Read more


15. The Myth of Fingerprints
Director: Bart Freundlich
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A Sundance Festival special, this indie family comedy-drama was given unduly harsh treatment by critics when it was released.Starring as the long-estranged son of an emotionally distant father, Noah Wyle comes home to his family for Thanksgiving in hopes of reconnecting with his old girlfriend, and receives unexpected results. But he's not the only one coming back. There's the brother with a cute fiancée (Hope Davis), who doesn't quite understand what all the tension is about. There's the glum sister (a hilarious Julianne Moore) who is down on love and everything else until she connects with a childhood acquaintance. And Mom (Blythe Danner) is there to referee it all. But the central conflict involves Wyle and his father (Roy Scheider in a wonderfully eccentric performance). --Marshall Fine ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Creepy - nobody EVER discusses anything REAL ..........
I've watched this movie several times - to see if I missed anything before, just to see it again, because it's mesmerising (for me, anyway), and because I'm secretly hoping that it wasn't really THAT sick ......... the acting, photography, direction were all superb - the message came across so very true to life in every way ........... and because of all that, I often watch it when it's re-run on the tube; Noah Wyle does an excellent job of portaying the son who suffered so pointedly, the betrayal that goes on in this family - and as in all (or most anyway) families - this one is affected via the trickle down of the tone set by the parents - the father - Roy Scheider - isn't just distant; he's downright mean and destructive - blurred from being discerned clearly, because of his eccentricities - although I did feel that he contrived all of those too. And Blythe Danner did an excellent job of portraying the mother who goes on for decades overlooking her husband's cruel streaks, his creepy deceits, his silence, anger, and his tone-setting refusal to tolerate open communication; in spite of all this unpleasantness in the household, and the effect this all has/had on the now grown children - I enjoy this movie because it all "hangs together" so real and true. It's hard to believe that in this day and age, that there surely are families like this - who simply never communicate openly atall - ever!

3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent acting; interesting but unsatisfying movie
The acting and the beautiful cinemetography carried this movie, gave it its emotional core and made you care about the characters, whom were largely unsympathetic to begin with. The movie was lacking in a plot but was more about a series of cathartic small revelations between each of the characters which didn't reach a Hollywood type climax where everyone made peace with their pasts, but I sort of felt was appropriate in showing that not all dysfunctional families reach such a conclusion. I enjoyed the moments of silence and tension between the characters as it provided a lot of great acting, reminding me of theatre in that respect. I thought Roy was very compelling as the distant father, although I wished they'd attempted explaining why he behaved the way he did. I thought that Noah Wyle was excellent as Warren, he portrayed his hurt, vulnerability and burried resentment at his father so well that his was the most moving and convincing character, his character basically carries the movie. I also thought Julianne Moore was great in her role as the icy (albeit they never explained why she was that way also) sister, she was unlikeable and amusing in that, but interesting to watch. Varten's role was smaller, and less engaging (he was almost unnecessary), but I thought he did a good job with what he had.

If you're a fan of any of the actors, this movie should be worthwhile viewing as the performances are all top notch and the direction is wonderful in places, but I was left feeling something lacking in the overall structure of the film and its writing.

3-0 out of 5 stars disfunctional Wyle
lots of love making in this one. Wyle gives a great role as the son of a father and their lives arent really great as Wyle comes back after he is gone for awhile. Roy Schider is great too as Wyle's dad. people will note if there Alias fans that Michael Vartan of Alias is in this movie. powerful piece with some dry emotions.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Know Them
Loved this movie with an all-star cast playing characters who seemed too familiar. Thanksgiving in Maine was the perfect setting for the 4 adult siblings who return home to display the "matured" issues of a very messed-up childhood. Nothing resolved, nothing tied neatly in a bow at the end, just like life. I recognized pieces of me, pieces of my sibling and of course, pieces of my parents - just a little more extreme, but enlightening.

1-0 out of 5 stars If you want a dysfunctional Thanksgiving Family movie
go with Home for the Holidays instead. I caught Myth of Fingerprints on Lifetime and fell asleep before it ended. Why was I watching? Well, it's the whole car wreck thing. Kooky kid sister was annoying and trying way too hard. But the prize for annoyance is tied between Ms. TMI (too much information), the girlfriend of one of the brothers and the bug up her butt older sister. Ms. TMI likes to announce that she's having sex as often as possible, blah blah "let it all hang out" cakes. She's like one of my mom's cousins who makes me long for old school Irish Catholic repression of my grandparents generation. ... Read more


16. Getting Away with Murder
Director: Harvey Miller
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If society won?t punish suspected criminal Max Mueller, then Ethics Professor Jack Lambert will! An hilarious comedy of justice, injustice and just learning to love thy neighbor. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Jack Lemmon's worst film
...I still cannot believe that I have actually seen this film. Just peeped in, because of Lemmon.

... Take my advice: Stay away from this film at any price!
Walk miles and miles in order NOT to see it!

...Watch more EARLY films of Jack Lemmon: "The great race" and "Under the Yum Yum tree" are good for starters. And if you are sophisticated enough to enjoy "Some like it hot", "The Apartment" and "The fortune cookie" you may laugh at yourself for ever having watched "Getting away with murder".

4-0 out of 5 stars Good in itself.
this movie is well controlled and not aimed for a simple fun.
the storyline is interresting and satirizes a moralism in certain circumstances. this movie can be excellent if you possiblely don't have any preconception or image about the famous actors.

4-0 out of 5 stars i liked it even if no one else did
this movie is like a rear window comedy/drama/mystery if that is at all possible. Aykroyd really acted well in this along w/ the rest of the all star cast, lemon and tomlin. It is not the greatest movie on earth but one, in my opnion that is worth viewing. A lot of people didn't like this movie, I still found it entertaining and intriging but i guess it just isn't for every one. The mystery is top notch though, i really didn't c the end comming.

1-0 out of 5 stars A very weak script, and poor performance, done in poor taste
This movie belies the star performers in it. The story line is weak, the performance by Jack Lemmon amounts to a walk-on, cameo appearance and Lily Tomlin and Dan Aykroyd are NOT funny. The movie is in poor taste and I am sure the performers are embarrassed after having participated. The performance of all the actors, especially Lily Tomlin and Jack Lemmon is very weak and way below their capabilities. A VERY bad picture not worth your time.

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful in so many ways, but most of all offensive.
This film is a COMEDY dealing with NAZI WAR CRIMINALS. It's not funny unless you have no compassion at all for the millions of people killed during the Holocaust. THE low point in the respective careers of Jack Lemmon, Dan Aykroyd, and Lily Tomlin. They should be ashamed of themselves, the director should be ashamed of himself, anyone who's ever watched this film and not been disgusted should be ashamed of themselves. This movie did not have to be made, it's not funny, and if it's giving any message, it's one you shouldn't listen to. Not only should you not buy or watch this film, but every print that was ever made of it should be launched directly into the surface of the sun. ... Read more


17. Power, Passion and Murder
Director: Paul Bogart, Leon Ichaso
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Asin: 6305507104
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Sales Rank: 71413
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money
This poor quality flick barely kept my attention. I would list it next to the Ed Wood films. I didn't expect a blockbuster, but a good movie would have been nice. Save your money.

5-0 out of 5 stars UNDER RATED MICHELLE PFEIFFER MOVIE
Michael Pfeiffer stars in this Hollywood tale of glitz and glamor set in the thirties she plays a rising starlet who is in love with a married man and together display uncontrolable passion. With her career on the line, despite hollywood's gossip and scandall, she chooses to continue her affair. When tragedy strikes she must forever live with overwhelming guilt, feelings of betrayl and heartbreaking lonliness. Pfeiffer delivers a stunning performance in this classic tael of love, passion & scandal.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Divine movie I've ever seen!
I loved Power Passion and murder! I could watch it over and over again. Michelle was absolutely divine. I actually thik it diserves more than 5 stars. Way more.

Tiffany Collinsville IL ... Read more


18. Power Passion and Murder
Director: Paul Bogart, Leon Ichaso
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Asin: 6302858755
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Sales Rank: 89341
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money
This poor quality flick barely kept my attention. I would list it next to the Ed Wood films. I didn't expect a blockbuster, but a good movie would have been nice. Save your money.

5-0 out of 5 stars UNDER RATED MICHELLE PFEIFFER MOVIE
Michael Pfeiffer stars in this Hollywood tale of glitz and glamor set in the thirties she plays a rising starlet who is in love with a married man and together display uncontrolable passion. With her career on the line, despite hollywood's gossip and scandall, she chooses to continue her affair. When tragedy strikes she must forever live with overwhelming guilt, feelings of betrayl and heartbreaking lonliness. Pfeiffer delivers a stunning performance in this classic tael of love, passion & scandal.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Divine movie I've ever seen!
I loved Power Passion and murder! I could watch it over and over again. Michelle was absolutely divine. I actually thik it diserves more than 5 stars. Way more.

Tiffany Collinsville IL ... Read more


19. Power Passion and Murder
Director: Paul Bogart, Leon Ichaso
list price: $9.99
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Asin: 6303247822
Catlog: Video
Sales Rank: 108318
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money
This poor quality flick barely kept my attention. I would list it next to the Ed Wood films. I didn't expect a blockbuster, but a good movie would have been nice. Save your money.

5-0 out of 5 stars UNDER RATED MICHELLE PFEIFFER MOVIE
Michael Pfeiffer stars in this Hollywood tale of glitz and glamor set in the thirties she plays a rising starlet who is in love with a married man and together display uncontrolable passion. With her career on the line, despite hollywood's gossip and scandall, she chooses to continue her affair. When tragedy strikes she must forever live with overwhelming guilt, feelings of betrayl and heartbreaking lonliness. Pfeiffer delivers a stunning performance in this classic tael of love, passion & scandal.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Divine movie I've ever seen!
I loved Power Passion and murder! I could watch it over and over again. Michelle was absolutely divine. I actually thik it diserves more than 5 stars. Way more.

Tiffany Collinsville IL ... Read more


20. Callie & Son / Power Passion & Murder
Director: Paul Bogart, Leon Ichaso
list price: $9.98
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Asin: 6303542093
Catlog: Video
Sales Rank: 87602
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