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Foxfire (1987)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Drama  |  13 December 1987 (USA)
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Annie Nations and her husband Hector loved their life together in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but when Hector dies, Annie has to decide if she can handle the wilderness on her own.

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Annie Nations
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Dillard Nations
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Prince
Harriet Hall ...
Holly
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Tony Trischka ...
Banjo
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An elderly Appalachian woman struggles with the choice of selling her land to a developer and moving into the care of her son or staying on the property till her dying day along with her memories, good and bad, of the only community and family she's known. Written by ehafnerga

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13 December 1987 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Foxfire (#37.2)  »

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Jessica Tandy won the 1983 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Drama for "Foxfire" and recreated the role in this filmed production. See more »

Quotes

Annie Nations: Hector honey, the Lord forgive me, but sometimes I get a little tired of what the Bible says.
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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Sweet Talker
Lyrics by Susan Cooper & Hume Cronyn
Music by Jon Brielle
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This ain't such a bad place to die.
21 November 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

It's hard to think badly of a film like "Foxfire". It's so earnest that it's heartbreaking even when it goes a bit over the top. I watched this for Jessica Tandy, and she is good, but this is also the best I've seen of Hume Cronyn so far. The story itself is slight. There's a number of pretty ordinary clichés I've seen more than a few times in TV movies, i.e. the greedy real estate developer, the stubborn old homesteader, the country singer who lost his way. Two of these clichés are every bit as unessential as expected - Gary Grubbs plays a cardboard cutout, and John Denver is good, but too uncomplicated and underdeveloped here.

It's the relationship of Annie (Jessica Tandy) and Hector (Hume Cronyn) that provides the real meat of the film. Their interaction is so true, so painful that it's always emotional to watch. They carry the entire production, lifting it far above everything that surrounds. I almost found myself wishing that the story could have been told completely through them alone, perhaps with a few flashbacks interspersed. It's those flashbacks where much of the power is held. The last half hour of "Foxfire" hurts the most, brings the most joy. It's so pure.

The director, Jud Taylor, doesn't really bring much to the plate here, nor does the rest of the production crew. But you didn't come to see a great film - you came to see two great performers. And you got everything you were looking for.


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