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That Night (1992)

Director:
Craig Bolotin

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Drama/Romance

NORWEGIAN TITLE
That Night

RUNNING TIME
89 minutes

Producer:
Arnon Milchan
Steven Reuther

Screenwriter (based on the novel by Alice McDermott):
Craig Bolotin


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Rick C. Thomas Howell ˝
Sheryl O'Connor Juliette Lewis
Ann O'Connor Helen Shaver ˝
Alice Bloom Eliza Dushku
Larry Bloom John Dossett ˝
Carol Bloom J. Smith-Cameron -
Kathryn Katherine Heigl -

 

Review

A sweet and sometimes poignant coming-of-age film set in Long Island in 1961. Craig Bolotin, who directed and adapted Alice McDermott's novel, is able to give a balanced portrait of the advantages and disadvantage of growing up in this era, such as the blessing vs. detriment of naiveté, the kids' freedom to roam vs. lack of things to do. And not least, how pre-contraception era upbringing and parenting was so fundamentally different, not really because of the different moral values, but out of pragmatism. Little Eliza Dushku looks a little too young for her part, but there is a purety and authenticity in her infatuation with and relation with Juliette Lewis, who is well cast as the semi-rebelling teenage girl next door.

Copyright © 22.02.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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