American Playhouse: Season 5, Episode 11

A Flash of Green (21 Apr. 1986)

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Local reporter gets involved with corrupt county commissioner.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Wing
Kat Hubble
Elmo Bliss
Brian Haas
Joan Goodfellow ...
Jean De Baer ...
Jackie Halley
Helen Stenborg ...
Aunt Middy
William Mooney ...
Leroy Shannard
Isa Thomas ...
Doris Rohl
Bob Murch ...
Dial Sinnat
Ross Halley
Nan Haas
Bob L. Harris ...
Borklund (as Bob Harris)
Nancy Griggs ...
Nat Sinnat
Linda Lee Larsen ...
Sally Ann Lesser


Local reporter gets involved with corrupt county commissioner.

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Reporter Ed Harris joins the pro-development and dirty tricks team of Richard Jordan
27 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A Flash of Green" takes us into a Florida town that has a marshy bay in its midst that's great for fishing and habitat. Two years earlier, those residents who wanted to preserve the bay stopped a proposed development that would have dredged it. Now a new team of developers is raising the issue again. Leading that effort is a very ambitious town board member Richard Jordan, but he's hiding his leadership and playing deceptive politics, well-illustrated in the film. He's also playing very dirty tricks by seeking to discredit and compromise the members of the anti-development team, led by widow Blair Brown. The man he's recruited to dig up dirt on these people is reporter Ed Harris, whose own wife is dying and who is very close to Brown and her two children without being her lover. Harris agrees to betray them partly to shield Brown, partly for money, partly because of his own excessive inquisitiveness, some ambition, and a degree of bitterness toward others that has arisen from his own personal tragedy with his wife. Maybe also he knows that this time around the developers are bound to win, and his heart is really not with the goal of stopping them but far more with Brown. This fateful decision changes his life and those around him.

The production, scenario and atmosphere are very realistic. The acting is fine. At this time in movie history, we are seeing mature a new generation of actors. The three principals here (Harris, Jordan and Brown) have to be applauded for their successful careers and mature acting skills. The cast of supporting actors is led by George Coe. They all appear as recognizable American types.

I always look forward to see how Richard Jordan and Ed Harris handled their parts.

This drama is the baby of Victor Nunez who imparts his unique knowledge of local Florida and its people into the story and his own way of developing a story, not marked by melodramatics. His is a character and people driven story. It's really about a community and the various kinds of people in it. It reminds me more of the kind of drama one sees in the Jesse Stone movies. It's strong on local color.

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