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"Great Performances" Life on the Mississippi (1980)

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Author: knowing-all-answers
14 February 2002

Charming little movie about great dreams and hopes of a young man.

Watch it for Marcy Walker's first performance as a VERY innocent young lady, Emmelie DeBeverly, and prepare to laugh about everything she says. If you know her as Eden Capwell on SANTA BARBARA you will probably be VERY surprised.

Nice landscape, with a slow-written story perhaps, but all in all a charming TV movie of 1982.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Captures the essence of Mark Twain

Author: Filmclipper from Indiana
2 April 2003

Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) loved steamboating. He said that the ambition of every boy in Hannibal, Missouri, was to become the pilot of a grand and mighty steamboat. He realized his dream. He became a cub pilot under master pilot Horace Bixby. This movie accurately represents the trials, dangers, and adventures of steamboating in America in the middle of the 19th century. Robert Lansing deserved an Academy Award for his portrayal of Horace Bixby. His gruff manner, tender heart, and deep-down love of the steamboat life comes through. If you have never read a book by Mark Twain, and don't intend to, the best thing you can do is watch this movie. It will tell you what Twain was all about.

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