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Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer (1989)

The 1970s Palm Beach, Fla., marriage of Roxanne and Herbert Pulitzer ends in a scandalous 1980s divorce.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herbert 'Peter' Pulitzer
Jacquie Kimberly
Liza Pulitzer
Sondra Blake ...
Roxanne's Mother
Lorraine Odasso (as Caitlin Brown)
Amy Adams ...
Michael Champlin ...
Richardson Morse ...
Jay Glick ...
Mary Fanaro
Thom Scoggins
Roxanne Pulitzer
Christian Cousins ...
Janice Benson ...
Mrs. Griffen

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Palm Beach, Florida-one of the premier enclaves of the super-rich. A community in which private jets are as common as bottles of Dom Perignon. Young and innocent all-American beauty Roxanne Ulrich comes to town an outsider in this tightly knit society, but, by the time she leaves, she is its most notorious member. Roxanne is quickly seduced by the charming Herbert Pulitzer, handsome, older and possessing a confidence born of inherited wealth. Theirs is a whirlwind romance, the kind that exists only in fairy tales. But Roxanne's desire to raise a family conflicts with Herbert's breakneck life in the fast lane. Desperate to indulge himself, Herbert sweeps a confused Roxanne into a pattern of cocaine-fueled nights and affairs. She tries to break away from the depravity and devote herself to her children. The marriage is torn apart and a bitter divorce battle ensues. Soon the world is shocked by the intimate details of their decadent life. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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16 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Avioliitto Palm Beachissa  »

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Unhappiness in paradise...but what's the moral of the story?
26 August 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

If your knowledge of the Pulitzer family dynasty is fuzzy at best, this TV-made dramatization of factual events won't give you any additional clues. Perry King plays a wealthy bachelor down in Palm Beach, Florida; he's got a boat, a plane, a luscious spread near the ocean, a flirtatious daughter who looks like a fashion model, and a year-round tan. We don't learn much about his background or his friends (or his ex-wife, whom we meet on the fly--and who seems like just another society snob). For these reasons, it is doubly perplexing that a twenty-year-old girl from humble means, working at an insurance office, would even turn this seasoned millionaire's head. Alas, he falls madly in love with her (we presume) and they marry despite his reluctance to have any more kids. Naïve as Roxanne is, she's just as apt to have an adventurous sexual side...yet also fits of jealousy, moodiness, and a childish impetuousness about her character which one can easily see would make her a handful. Surprisingly, the early years--focusing on the couple's courtship and marriage--is far more interesting than their cause célèbre divorce, yet neither provides us with a moral. Youthful Roxy is seduced by the cocaine and the club life, but is rendered fairly helpless once Herbert Pulitzer starts pulling legal strings, making her out to be an unfit mother to their twin boys. We can see neither character was ready for a serious marriage, and that the tug-of-war for child custody is just a game to this master manipulator of a husband, but what if anything substantial can be gleaned from this doomed love story? It's a sleek exercise in would-be voyeurism, though dogged by wooden acting and a facetious script littered with holes and unexplained incidents. King, with a gray-streaked hairstyle (or wig) that never changes, is the veteran actor here, but he's just filling in a sketch left behind by writer Elizabeth Gill and it's a tepid performance.

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