|Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1985 TV, 105 min.|
Genre: Family / Adventure
Director: Peter H. Hunt
Cast: Patrick Day, Samm-Art Williams, Frederic Forrest, Lillian Gish, Barnard Hughes, Richard Kiley, Geraldine Page, Sada Thompson, Butterfly McQueen, Jim Dale, Ann Shropshire, Eugene Oakes, Jason Hankins, Bill Chamness, Hula Duke
This enjoyable remake of the Mark Twain classic is an American Playhouse production. Patrick Day and Samm-Art Williams give fine performances as Huck and the runaway slave Jim. Huck escapes from his brutal, alcoholic father Pap (Frederic Forrest) who had kidnapped him from the Widow Douglas' (Sada Thompson) home. As a means of escape, he joins Jim for the rafting trip down the Mississippi River, and they form a lasting bond. Along the way, they meet con-artists "the King (Barnard Hughes) and the Duke (Jim Dale) and reluctantly are drawn into their schemes.
|Desperate Characters 1971 R, 87 min.|
Director: Frank D. Gilroy
Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Kenneth Mars, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Sada Thompson, Jack Somack, Chris Gampel, Mary Alan Hokanson, Carol Kane, Patrick McVey, Michael Higgins, Robert Bauer, Michael McAloney, Rose Gregorio, Elena Karam
This plot involves 48 hours in the life of a childless couple Sophie and Otto Brentwood (Shirley Maclaine and Kenneth Mars), during 1971, as they realize they and their neighbors no longer feel safe in their Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. During a party given by their friends Mike and Flo (Chris Gampel and Mary Alan Hokanson), a rock crashes through the window. And, this is only one of the disturbing dangers intruding on their lives in the city.
|The Entertainer 1976 TV, 105 min.|
Director: Donald Wrye
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Ray Bolger, Sada Thompson, Tyne Daly, Allyn Ann McLerie, Annette O'Toole, Mitch Ryan, Michael Cristofer, Dick O'Neill, Alan DeWitt
This remake of Tony Richardson's 1960 movie pales by comparison. This time around Jack Lemmon plays Archie Rice, a vaudeville entertainer of high expectations and little talent.
|Our Town 1977 TV, 120 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: George Schaefer
Cast: Hal Holbrook, Ned Beatty, Sada Thompson, Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor, Ronny Cox, Barbara Bel Geddes, John Houseman, Charlotte Rae, Don Beddoe, Charles Cyphers, Ford Rainey, Scott Atlas, David Cryer, William Lanteau
This TV version of Thornton Wilder's play is a winner with Hal Holbrook starring as the Stage Manager who narrates and plays several roles depicting life in the town of Grovers Corners, New Hampshire, in the early years of the 20th century. The story revolves around Emily Webb (Glynnis O'Connor) and George Gibbs (Robby Benson) who are attracted to each other and marry hoping to live happily ever after. Several Emmy nominations were received, including Outstanding Actor (Holbrook), Actress (Sada Thompson, for her role as George's mother), Director (George Schaefer), and Drama or Comedy Special.
|The Patron Saint of Liars 1998 TV, 100 min.|
Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Cast: Dana Delany, Ellen Burstyn, Sada Thompson, Clancy Brown, Nancy Moore Atchison, John Putch, Jill Gascoine, Debra Christofferson, Lisa Rieffel, Marissa Ribisi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary-Joan Negro
Unhappy and pregnant Rose (Dana Delany) leaves her husband in California and goes to a Catholic home in Kentucky for unwed mothers where she meets, falls in love with, and marries the grounds keeper (Clancy Brown) who raises her daughter as his own. Rose made one little mistake: she never divorced her first husband (John Putch) who, after 15 years, tracks her down.
|1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1985)|
2. Desperate Characters (1971)
3. The Entertainer (1976)
4. Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995)
5. Our Town (1977)
6. The Patron Saint of Liars (1998)
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