A wealthy former mental patient goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground who has ... See full summary »
Olivia de Havilland,
Old country traditions and values cause Ron Howard to honor the pleas of his brother (played by Mickey Rourke), a quadriplegic following a motorcycle accident, to end his life, and then to ... See full summary »
Gallery, a US commando, and Yuro, an enemy commando, are sent to a no man's Pacific jungle island to capture a crashed US space satellite. Whoever survives, wins. Their nations have agreed to this to avoid war, but they cheat.
Best when it focuses on the father-son relationship
Despite the title, the film is much more about the concept of what it is to be a man as well as the importance of this father-son relationship. In essence, the locusts are just a plot device in order to facilitate growth and change between these two.
Donny Fletcher (Ron Howard) is coming home from WWII in disgrace. Something happened to him and he was discharged from the Navy...though exactly what that was is something you'll need to learn through the course of the film. What is obvious is that his father, Amos (Ben Johnson) is a hard and unforgiving man...and Donny is a disgrace in his eyes. Amos' idea of manliness is just sucking it up and doing what a man has to do and the WHY Donny was discharged is unimportant to him...the boy is simply a coward and a failure. But, by the end of the film and with the coming menace of the locusts, the two get a chance to work out their issues together.
Whenever the film brings in the locusts, the story sags and is clearly at its best with the men. Johnson, in particular, is marvelous as the hard-as-nails father. Howard is also nice and it's a decent made for TV film. My only real gripe is that the finale seemed very obvious and predictable...though not enough to make the film one to skip.
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