In 1902 Texas, 13-year-old Horace goes to work on old Soll's farm to earn enough money to buy a headstone for his father's grave. Unfortunately for Horace, Soll's senility, ill health, and ... See full summary »

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Soll Gautier
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Ben Johnson
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Martha Johnson
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Asa
Calvin Levels ...
Leroy
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Billy
Mel Winkler ...
Jackson
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Sherman Edwards
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Jerry Biggs ...
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Martin F. Schacker ...
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Walter Breaux Jr. ...
Singing Convict
Tony Frank ...
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In 1902 Texas, 13-year-old Horace goes to work on old Soll's farm to earn enough money to buy a headstone for his father's grave. Unfortunately for Horace, Soll's senility, ill health, and obsession with the convict labor he uses to work the farm, make it unlikely that Horace will ever be paid the $12.50 Soll owes him for 6 months work. Written by JeanneArmintrout@juno.com

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6 December 1991 (USA)  »

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When Soll thinks he hears someone in the closet he shoots three times and we see three bullet holes. But when Jackson opens the closet door to investigate, there are four holes. See more »

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Horace Robedaux: Martha, are you afraid of dying?
Martha Johnson: No, I ain't afraid. Just not ready to go yet.
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Follows 1918 (1985) See more »

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Loose but watchable
18 May 2012 | by (NC, US) – See all my reviews

Like many stage adaptations, this film is a collection of set pieces without a tight overarching narrative. Not only is it adapted from the stage, but from the middle of a three-act play, which serves to remove some of the context; the viewer is just plopped into the middle of this one.

I thought the performances were good overall, but the production was somewhat lacking. Perhaps the streaming version I saw was a bad transfer, but the cinematography was nothing to write home about, the contrast was way too high in many of the daylight scenes, and the colors looked as if the film was shot on old, faded film stock.

A bit of a strange soundtrack too, but I liked it and I thought it was fitting.

I would recommend it if you like Foote, Faulkner, or Duvall.


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