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Writer (WGA):
Robert J. Avrech (written by)
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Release Date:
10 April 1988 (USA) See more »
Leda Beth Vincent lives in the small town of Shiloh and works as a cocktail waitress there. She is not... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Raquel Welch ... Leda Beth Vincent
Christa Denton ... Julie Vincent

Frances Lee McCain ... Gwendolyn

Peter Van Norden ... History professor Paul Martin

Robin Gammell

Ronny Cox ... George Baker

Mickey Jones ... Glenn
Ray Girardin ... Don

Ernie Lively ... Jeremy Travis
Arell Blanton ... Jud
Katherine McGrath ... Verna
Laurence Haddon ... Judge Larson
Helen Page Camp ... Mrs. Bragston

Madison Mason ... Keith Ritter
Harold Pruett ... Michael Bishop (as Harold P. Pruett)
Scott Nell ... Jason Travis

Noni White ... Clarisse
John Furlong ... Mr. Erickson
Linda Hoy ... Meg Hanson

Annie Abbott ... Helen Travis

Holly Fields ... Dawn

Jean Sincere ... Etta Wethli
Julie Hayek ... Savannah
Lee Millay ... Karen Martin
Kamie Harper ... Jessica Martin
Justin Gocke ... Thomas Martin
George Hirschmann ... Bailiff

Louis Plante ... Guard (as Louis R. Plante)

Jeremy Applegate ... Kid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Palmer ... Scottie

Directed by
Anthony Page 
Writing credits
Robert J. Avrech (written by) (as Robert Avrech)

Produced by
Mark Carliner .... producer
Michele Rappaport .... producer
Skip Schoolnik .... associate producer
Original Music by
Mark Snow 
Cinematography by
Paul Lohmann 
Film Editing by
Skip Schoolnik 
Casting by
Mary V. Buck  (as Mary Buck)
Susan Edelman 
Production Design by
Richard Sherman 
Art Direction by
Walter Shipley 
Set Decoration by
Lila Stephens 
Costume Design by
Robert M. Moore  (as Robert Michael Moore)
Makeup Department
Tommy Cole .... Raquel Welch's makeup
Frances Mathias .... makeup artist
Susan Mills .... Raquel Welch's hair stylist
Production Management
Liza Leeds .... post-production supervisor
Art Schaefer .... unit manager (as Art Schaeffer)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carol D. Bonnefil .... second assistant director
Jan R. Lloyd .... first assistant director
Art Department
Scott MacCaughern .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Ken Johnson .... re-recording mixer
Steve Livingston .... re-recording mixer
William Russell .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Ginsberg .... second assistant camera
Tom Ginsberg .... first assistant camera
Mark McLaughlin .... electrician
Bucky Moore .... key grip
Ken Seagren .... gaffer
Arte Shelton .... key grip
Charles M. Smallwood .... best boy grip
Rob White .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Dusenbery .... key costumer (as Karen Dusenbury)
Location Management
Cliff Taylor .... location manager
Music Department
Alan Laney .... music performed by (as Alan Laney & Friends)
Steve Livingston .... music editor
Transportation Department
Bob Hendrix .... transportation coordinator (as Rob Henrix)
Other crew
Polly Brown .... assistant: Raquel Welch
Michael G. Kehoe .... production assistant (as Michael Kehoe)
Michael Risoli .... production assistant
Annie Welles .... script supervisor

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Germany:91 min
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Raquel Welch and her on-screen daughter argue and Welch slaps her across the face; after several takes, the producer noticed that Welch, a mother in real life, was looking troubled and said to her, "This must be a really tough scene for you, huh?" Welch replied, "Ohh, it is! My hand is killing me!"See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
TV Movie with a Message, 11 June 2008
Author: SnorriGodhi from the Sagas of Icelanders

This movie is about the confrontation between a waitress (Raquel Welch) and a high-school history teacher: the waitress is not happy with the teacher instilling antisemitic conspiracy theories into the mind of her daughter (and the minds of her classmates). The final scene is in court, but much of the drama comes from the fact that popular opinion is more favorable to high-school teachers than to waitresses; and, in a small town, it is not good to have popular opinion against you.

It is easy to see that this movie was made for TV. The plot is not too bad, but the acting is less than impressive. Given these limitations, it might seem extravagant to compare this movie to High Noon, but some of the themes are there: a small town, a woman with a reputation for easy morals, and a person who stands for what is right even when everybody else wants to keep it quiet. The fact that it is the woman of easy morals who stands for what is right, is an interesting twist.

However, the main point of interest for me were the classroom scenes. It was fascinating to see how the teacher cajoles the students to look at history the way he sees it (that is, as the unfolding of a vast Jewish conspiracy). What really stuck in my mind was the teacher saying that history is about discovering patterns. In a sense, he was right: without looking for patterns, history is just one fact after another. And yet, we can find any pattern we like in history; that is to say, we can use history to justify any prejudice that we have. This is a dilemma that will keep me thinking, and that is more than I normally expect from a TV movie.

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