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As Summers Die (1986)

The plot centers around a large area of land owned by an old black lady, Elvira Backus. It had been given to her by her one time employer and secret father of her two children, a southern ... See full summary »

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Willie Croft
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Whitsey Loftin
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Hannah Loftin
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Augustus Tompkins
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Daniel Backus
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V.D. Skinner
Richard Venture ...
Brevard Holt
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Judge Dudley McCormack
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Elvira Backus
Penny Fuller ...
Marci Holt
Paul Roebling ...
Percy Holt
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Priscilla (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Tammy Baldwin ...
Wanda
Nadia Gay Brown ...
Ruth Holt
Bill Coates ...
Carley
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The plot centers around a large area of land owned by an old black lady, Elvira Backus. It had been given to her by her one time employer and secret father of her two children, a southern patriarch. Discovering oil on the afore mentioned property, the patriarch's family tries to regain the land by destroying the deed and denying it ever existed. Coming to Elvira Backus's aid is attorney Willie Croft. He attempts to get back Elvira's land and leads the movie to it's eventual court scene. Written by P. Wong <pwong@nt.net>

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18 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Greed, Bigotry, and Justice
21 March 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"Lawyer Willie Croft (Scott Glenn) is indifferently letting his practice run itself when the town's richest family begins a determined effort to obtain the farm of an old black woman, Elvira Backus (Beau Richards). Elvira claims she was given her land by the dead family patriarch, Jonathan Holt, and finds an unlikely ally in Holt's aging sister Hannah (Bette Davis), whose mental competence is being challenged by the Holt clan. As for Willie, his growing involvement in the case intensifies when he begins to fall in love with Hannah's high-spirited niece (Jamie Lee Curtis)."

This "HBO Premiere" TV film is, like the VHS sleeve proclaims, "Wonderfully acted with intelligence and sensitivity." The setting is given as 1959 Georgia, while the VHS says Louisiana (a more story-centric locale, but you get the idea). Ms. Richards' portrayal, for which she won a "Cable Ace" award, is especially outstanding. And, Ms. Davis proves she is still a capable actress (still smoking and drinking), following an obviously debilitating stroke. The film suffers, though, from staid direction and a lugubrious pace. Just try to imagine watching it without Richards and Davis.

***** As Summers Die (5/17/86) Jean-Claude Tramont ~ Scott Glenn, Jamie Lee Curtis, Beah Richards, Bette Davis


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