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The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995)

Director:
James Keach
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Historical
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Det sorte gull
RUNNING TIME
109 minutes
Producer:
Clint Eastwood
David Valdes
Screenwriter:
Philip Railsback


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Mr. Cox Robert Duvall
Don Day Aidan Quinn
Cora Day Frances Fisher
Big Dave McDermot Brian Dennehy
Beatrice Day Lexi Randall
Pauline Day Kaytlyn Knowles
Roy Billy Bob Thornton

 

Review

Robert Duvall's honest presence and an accomplished performance from Aidan Quinn headlines this pleasant 1930s nostalgia by director James Keach. Duvall is a delight to watch as a persistent old dreamer obsessed with striking black gold in depression era Texas, whereas Quinn, one of the most underrated performers of the 1990s, brings real depth to his struggling paterfamilias. The film isn't groundbreaking - it has a simple, but good heart and follows a familiar narrative graph shamelessly - but it is a very unspoiled tale, full of lust for life without being mushy. The perhaps most valuable asset here is the vivid recapturing of an interesting era and way of life from a period of transition in American history. The warmth and nostalgia shines through, and it works - mainly due to the truthfulness in the performances.

Copyright 5.8.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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