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Since they met the first time in boarding school as little kids, it was obvious that the orphans Kay and Dave would become a couple. But at sixteen, Dave foolishly attempted to rob a bank ... See full summary »



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Since they met the first time in boarding school as little kids, it was obvious that the orphans Kay and Dave would become a couple. But at sixteen, Dave foolishly attempted to rob a bank with a water pistol, and ended up in jail for eight years. Meanwhile Kay was sent to foster parents, where she met the successful business man Mike, whom she married and bore two kids. Now Frank is released from prison and immediately starts wooing Kay again. Although she's happy with Mike, she can't withdraw herself completely. Old memories and her husband's jealousy make her spend more and more time with him. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Will Patton marries Linda Fiorentino but then her ex-beau and ex-con, Steven Bauer, shows up
8 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Wildfire" (1988) tries hard to be a strong drama, but it misses. When you miss with this kind of a story, it's mainly because the characters and their actions don't hang together. They then become faintly or even a lot ridiculous. Before that happens, the pain of watching them becomes rather excruciating and one is strongly tempted to hit the fast-forward button.

The basic story idea is sound. It's just that the way it's developed is faulty. The central character is Linda Fiorentino's "Kay". She's grown up as an orphan with Steven Bauer's "Frank". We have to believe that they're young and stupid because he tries to rob a bank with a toy pistol and gets shot in the bargain and sent to prison for 8 years. But at the same time, the two of them are almost always "nice", except that Frank loses his self-control every now and again, while Kay seems to have a host of hangups, a weak character, an inferiority complex and doesn't trust her husband, "Mike" (Will Patton), even after 8 years of marriage and two children. She doesn't handle the situation well when Frank shows up after 8 years, and Mike doesn't handle it well either. But Frank wheedles Kay into one situation after another, constantly pleading and then dangling the bait of locating her mom.

It's tough to watch characters who are at such a loss how to handle situations, one after another, and to see great divides open up because of it. A spark of backbone here and there by Kay seems constantly to melt away. What is she thinking? Of course, there would not be a story if she acted sensibly; but what kind of a story is it when almost everything depends on her not having much gumption? The ending goes over the top altogether. I think the writers set themselves a challenge that they could not meet. They wanted a divide to come into the marriage and they wanted Kay to reluctantly go off with Frank, at least temporarily, while not exactly running off with him and not really falling for him again. It's more an act on her part of sympathy to the man who is trying to reform himself and part of tidying up the loose ends of her earlier life. But she didn't communicate any of this to her husband. At the same time, she took one step after another that tied her to Frank. It was too hard to write this in a convincing way and the actors and direction were not strong enough to pull it off.

It was quite painful watching this movie even though it's not terrible. Not really my cup of tea.

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