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Kenneth Bowser (writer)
James Purdy (novel)
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3 September 1988 (Japan) See more »
When a physically and emotionally scarred soldier returns home from World War II, he mistakenly trusts a mysterious young drifter to deliver a secret love letter to his old sweetheart. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Biehn ... Garnet Montrose

Maureen Mueller ... Georgina Rance

Michael Beach ... Quintus Pearch

Patrick Dempsey ... Potter Daventry
Thomas B. Mason ... Edgar Doust
Mike Pettinger ... Milkman
Prentiss Rowe ... Postman
Ron Rosenthal ... Army Doctor
Muriel Moore ... Mrs. Gondess
Walter Davy ... Doc Farmer
Jim Bynum ... Reverend Spinney
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ... Soldier (as Lonnie Smith)

Tom Harper ... Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donna Lou Miller ... Ann (uncredited)

Directed by
Kenneth Bowser 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kenneth Bowser  writer
James Purdy  novel

Produced by
Kenneth Bowser .... producer
Ron Wolotzky .... line producer
Original Music by
Jonathan Sheffer 
Cinematography by
Jerzy Zielinski 
Film Editing by
Nicholas C. Smith 
Casting by
Pam Dixon 
Production Design by
David Wasco 
Art Direction by
Sharon Seymour 
Costume Design by
Molly Maginnis 
Production Management
Ron Wolotzky .... production manager
Art Department
Robert S. McCleary .... assistant property master
Brett C. Smith .... lead man
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Blanshard .... still photographer
Greg Martin .... grip
Scott H. Ramsey .... gaffer
Mark Schwentner .... electrician
David Sinrich .... grip
Stan Vaughan .... dolly grip
Peter Wiehl .... best boy
Music Department
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor
Other crew
Anthony Harbour .... stand-in

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Also Known As:
"American Playhouse: In a Shallow Grave" - USA (anthology series)
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92 min
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Compelling Interaction on Socially Flawed Persons, 8 February 2002
Author: richard.fuller1

MIcheal Beihn is Garnet Montrose, a wounded soldier who returns from the war, horribly scarred, he now feels he is too hideous for his beloved, Ann. The only one who will see him is Quintus, played by Micheal Beach, the black worker who minds him and runs errands for him. For the early part of the twentieth century, Garnet has taken a risk and taught Quintus how to read. Enter Daventry, played by Patrick Dempsey. An aimless, wandering soul, Daventry becomes the third player in the Garnet-Ann relationship. As he tells Garnet what to write to Ann, the passionate emotion he feels within his heart, it becomes clear Daventry has fallen for Garnet. Now Daventry must deliver messages to the woman Garnet loves. This was an incredible Cyrano DeBergerac reversed story that while not having scene stealing performances, due to its subtlety, it is a compelling saga to watch unfold. Further enhancing the forbidden love is Quintus, who while at times the very amusing comedy relief, his humor is very realistic, he also makes astonishing stabs at how it is to be black in the white society. Quintus stands at the amusing moments, such as the fall from the window and the storm destroying the furniture and not the house, but he is also at one of the most poignant times as well, such as when he tells Garnet that Daventry is in love with him. Garnet refuses to believe him at first. The ending climax is a bit unclear as to what exactly happened, but the rest of the story, including the finale makes up for it. There just seemed to be nowhere else for the story to go.

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