|Breaking Home Ties 1987 TV, 100 min.|
aka: Norman Rockwell's Breaking Home Ties
Director: John Wilder
Cast: Jason Robards, Eva Marie Saint, Doug McKeon, Erin Gray, Claire Trevor, J. Eddie Peck, Parley Baer, Kristen Lux, David Denney, Norman Bennett, Jerry Haynes, Tom Campitelli, Jill Paraker-Jones, Miles Mutchler, Abby Newman
College students in the 1950s make for good nostalgia, and this film does a fine job of it. It is well written and directed by John Wilder, as well as having great photography.
|Fugitive Among Us 1992 TV, 95 min.|
Director: Michael Toshiyuki Uno
Cast: Eric Roberts, Peter Strauss, Elizabeth Pena, Guy Boyd, Lauren Holly, Salvator Xuereb, Kiersten Warren, Annette McCarthy, Sean McGraw, Dennis Letts, Tyrees Allen, Norman Bennett, Aldo Billingslea, Rodger Boyce, Mimi Cochran
This made-for-TV film is based on the true story of a rapist (Eric Roberts) who ran from the courtroom after being convicted of the crime. Detective Matt Cole (Peter Strauss) is obsessed with recapturing the rapist in the long pursuit that follows.
|A Killing in a Small Town 1990 R, 95 min.|
Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Cast: Barbara Hershey, Brian Dennehy, John Terry, Richard Gilliland, Lee Garlington, Hal Holbrook, Matthew Posey, James Monroe Black, Dennis Letts, Marco Perella, Norman Bennett, Jerry Haynes, Rodger Boyce, Daphne Eckler, Jan DeWitt
Based on a true story, this made-for-TV film involves a brutal, axe murder committed by mild-mannered Candy (Barbara Hershey) when she murders her lover Stan Blankship's (John Terry) wife, Peggy (Lee Garlington). During the ensuing trial, her lawyer Ed Reivers (Brian Dennehy) leads the defense in the fact that it was Peggy who hit Candy first with the axe, and Candy was acting in self-defense.
|Miss All-American Beauty 1982 TV, 96 min.|
Director: Gus Trikonis
Cast: Diane Lane, Cloris Leachman, David Dukes, Jayne Meadows, Alice Hirson, Brian Kerwin, Norman Bennett, Jim Mills, Bobby Fite, Jane Roberts, Stephanie Dunnam, Debra Lynn Rogers
All is not sweetness behind the scenes of a beauty contest as demonstrated by this made-for-TV film. Innocent Sally (Diane Lane) hopes for money to go to college while her coach (Cloris Leachman) has plans to send Sally to the top of the entertainment world.
|Sylvester 1985 PG, 103 min.|
Genre: Family / Drama
Director: Tim Hunter
Cast: Richard Farnsworth, Melissa Gilbert, Michael Schoeffling, Constance Towers, Peter Kowanko, Yankton Hatten, Shizuko Hoshi, Chris Pedersen, Angel Salazar, Arliss Howard, Shane Serwin, James Gammon, Richard Jamison, Ariane de Vogue, Norman Bennett
A 16-year-old orphan, Charlie (Melissa Gilbert), loves horses and dreams of becoming an Olympic rider. With help from her often drunk mentor, Foster (Richard Farnsworth), Melissa trains her spirited white horse Sylvester. Charlie becomes skilled in horseback riding, and enters Sylvester in a Kentucky steeplechase competition.
|Tender Mercies 1983 PG, 89 min.|
Director: Bruce Beresford
Cast: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley, Wilford Brimley, Ellen Barkin, Lenny von Dohlen, Paul Gleason, Norman Bennett, Allan Hubbard, Michael Crabtree, Glen Fleming, Andrew Scott Hollon, Rick Murray, Stephen Funchess, James Aaron
Robert Duvall won the Oscar for his portrayal of Mac Sledge, a has-been country singer, who hits bottom in a drunken stupor in a Texas motel. To earn payment for the room, he agrees to work for the motel manager Rosa Lee (Tess Harper). Mac and Rosa fall in love and marry, and Mac becomes a father to Rosa's young son, Sonny (Allan Hubbard). When the opportunity appears for Mac to make a comeback as a singer, he must decide between family and career. Academy Award nominations were received for Best Picture and Director.
|Terms of Endearment 1983 PG, 132 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance
Director: James L. Brooks
Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow, Danny DeVito, Betty King, Huckleberry Fox, David Wohl, Lisa Hart Carroll, Troy Bishop, Norman Bennett, F. William Parker
This excellent comedy/drama covers three decades in the relationship of Aurora Greenaway (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter Emma (Debra Winger). Aurora has overly protected Emma during her childhood until Emma finally escapes to marry college professor Flap (Jeff Daniels). But that marriage is doomed when Flap begins an affair with a college student, and Emma turns to a married man (John Lithgow) for solace. Meanwhile, Aurora deals with being a grandmother while finding her own consolation in her next-door neighbor, astronaut Garrett Breedlove (Jack Nicholson). Academy Awards were received for Best Picture, Actress (MacLaine), Supporting Actor (Nicholson), Director, and Writing. There were also six nominations, including Best Actress (Winger) and Supporting Actor (Lithgow).
|The Trip to Bountiful 1985 PG, 106 min.|
Director: Peter Masterson
Cast: Geraldine Page, John Heard, Carlin Glynn, Rebecca De Mornay, Richard Bradford, Kevin Cooney, Norman Bennett, Gil Glasgow, Kirk Sisco, Dave Tanner, Harvey Lewis, Mary Kay Mars, David Romo, Peggy Ann Byers, Wezz Tildon
Bountiful was once a beautiful town, but it no longer exists. Elderly Carrie Watts (Geraldine Page) discovers that fact when she leaves the unhappy home of her son Ludie (John Heard) and his wife Jessie Mae (Carlin Glynn) hoping to find happiness in the town of her youth. On the bus ride to Bountiful, Carrie meets young Thelma (Rebecca De Morney), and they enjoy each other's company. When Carrie reaches Bountiful, she looks beyond its dilapidated state and sees Bountiful as it once was. Now, for the first time in years, Carrie finds peace. Geraldine Page carried away an Oscar for her performance.
|1. Breaking Home Ties (1987)|
aka: Norman Rockwell's Breaking Home Ties
2. Fugitive Among Us (1992)
3. A Killing in a Small Town (1990)
4. Miss All-American Beauty (1982)
5. The River Rat (1984)
6. Sylvester (1985)
7. Tender Mercies (1983)
8. Terms of Endearment (1983)
9. The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
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