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Valentino Returns (1989)

 -  Drama  -  21 July 1989 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonny Gibbs
Patricia 'Pat' Gibbs
Sylvia Fuller
David Packer ...
Seth Isler ...
Harry Ames
Wayne Gibbs
Kit McDonough
Leonard Gardner ...
William Frankfather
Michael Spencer
Reverend Ray Horner


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21 July 1989 (USA)  »

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El retorn de Valentino  »

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Sylvia Fuller: [as a ruse to deceive her father, who is about to whip her for sneaking out to be with Wayne] Daddy, I saw Jesus! I SAW JESUS! He was standing outside my window and he had on a white robe and he beckoned for me to follow him! So I climbed out the window and followed, and he went down the road and then I couldn't see him no more, and then Wayne came along and picked me up and brought me home! You can do anything you want to do, you can torture me, you can cut out my tongue for a liar, but you ...
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A Slice of Life, Well Portrayed.
23 July 2003 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

Scripted by Leonard Gardner, who grew up in California's agricultural San Joaquin Valley, this film successfully reaches its target of depicting components of small town life in the city of Stockton and its environs, where most of the filming took place. Set in the mid-1950s, the work stars Frederic Forrest and Veronica Cartwright as a couple whose marriage is falling apart, and Barry Tubb as their son and owner of the title vehicle. It is a new pink Cadillac coupe, and Tubb as Wayne Gibbs hopes that word of his ownership will spread and make him more attractive to the opposite sex. Wayne's shabby treatment at the hands of Sylvia, a local strumpet (Jenny Wright) naturally serves to bind the two more closely as the story progresses. Most of the action occurs during one eventful Saturday night with Wayne and his sleazy sidekick Harry (Seth Isler) on the prowl for sexual adventure while, during the same period, conditions between the senior Gibbs pair crumbles. While Wayne attempts to bring a peace treaty to pass between his parents, his innate urges link him and Sylvia nearer, despite opposition from her religiously fanatic egg farming father. The scenario by Gardner, who also plays in the film, is well above most encountered for a "coming of age" narrative, with some particularly penetrating lines for Forrest's character. Tubb is well directed by Peter Hoffman while the intensity and revealing interpretation of their roles by Forrest, Cartwright and Wright assist in belying the production's low budget background. Although the general editing is plainly sub-standard, the sound editing by Anthony Ciccolini is a primary reason for the picture's effectiveness, while the inspired cinematography of Jerzy Zielinski is noteworthy. A positive result of purposeful direction, screen writing and performances by cast and crew, VALENTINO RETURNS has been unjustly slighted.

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