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A Few Days in Weasel Creek (1981)

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John Bellah ...
Nolan
Robert Carnegie ...
Bob Riggins
Johnnie Collins III ...
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Aunt Cora
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Jason Stayvey
Kevin Geer ...
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Buddy
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Blendon Stokes
Karyn Harrison ...
La Verne
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Eugene
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Elwin Potter
Amzie Strickland ...
Mrs. Stayvey
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21 October 1981 (USA)  »

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Auf der Suche nach dem kleinen Gl├╝ck  »

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Laverne, get some clothes on.
31 July 2003 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

(possible spoilers below...)

Here's a rarity: a GOOD movie of the week. This very likable made-for-TV cash-in on the road movie / good ole boy sweepstakes benefits from a personable cast, solid writing, and surprisingly complex characterizations. To its credit, it veers from the comic to the sentimental, and earns both our laughter and tears.

Pre-stardom Mare Winningham is a joy as the bumpkin drifter's new girlfriend who gets involved in the seriocomic stopover at the one-horse town of Weasel Creek. Also helping out this enjoyably twangy yarn is the strong supporting roles for Colleen Dewhurst (as the crusty mom who is always telling her white-trash daughter: "Laverne, get some clothes on") and Richard Farnsworth in a shocking turn as a seemingly gentle old man who suddenly performs a murder-suicide with his rifle. (While writing this, I am reminded how this grim moment foreshadows the actor taking his own life three years ago.)

I haven't seen this in about 20 years-- a local station used to show this on the late show. Since seeing a late night movie nowadays is a rare experience in itself, let alone seeing an old TV-movie; I can't imagine when or if it will appear again, but it is definitely worth your time. It is the perfect surprise of a flick to be found on VHS or DVD at Walmart in the "Under $10" rack.


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