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Waiting for the Light (1990)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  2 November 1990 (USA)
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A former vaudevillian magician (MacLaine) moves her straight-laced niece (Garr) and her two mischievous children to a small town. When the two kids get in trouble with a neighbor for ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Guzzo ...
National Newscaster
Colin Baumgartner ...
Eddie
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Hillary Wolf ...
Emily
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Aunt Zena
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Charlie
William Dore ...
Reverend Jones
Amanda Arguello ...
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Michelle Wartman ...
Screaming Girl #2
Robert Hardwick ...
Dr. Kelley
LeChelle Anne Goncalves ...
Screaming Girl #3
Robin Ginsburg ...
Miss Hicks
Arthur H. Cahn ...
Mr. Patterson
Lyn Tyrrell ...
Woman in Crowd
Matt Magnano ...
Tommy
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A former vaudevillian magician (MacLaine) moves her straight-laced niece (Garr) and her two mischievous children to a small town. When the two kids get in trouble with a neighbor for stealing vegetables from his garden, the aunt concocts an illusion of ghosts in revenge. Only trouble is the whole town believes it is real and soon the press is swarming the town and a major magic trick is required for everyone to save face. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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2 November 1990 (USA)  »

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Aspettando la luce  »

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In a scene set in 1962, characters tell the box-office clerk at a movie theater they want two tickets to The Miracle Worker. Prior to the introduction of multiplex cinemas years later, it was unnecessary to specify which movie you wanted to see because the theater was only showing one picture. See more »

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After the closing credits, Kay (Teri Garr's character) changes the "open" sign on the diner door to "closed" See more »

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Memories of El Monte
Written by Frank Zappa and Ray Collins
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MacLaine delivers another magical comedy-drama
16 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shirley MacLaine in another tailor-made role. As the aunt to a single mom in a 1962 working-class Chicago neighborhood, the veteran character actress gets another work-out as a gutsy woman who won't let any set-backs defeat her spirit of success. The children, a pre-teen boy and girl, are drawn to their spirited Aunt Zoe, although the many magic tricks and practical jokes learned from her, and applied at all the wrong opportunities eventually get them expelled from school.

The plot is cleverly enveloped in the Cuban Missile Crisis, with all of the social implications. Men building bomb shelters, people watching news programs on what seemed to be the only TV set, at a diner, and a general mist of uneasiness and fear in the air. When a "harmless" miracle is blown out of proportions, the climactic conclusion nonetheless makes the viewer feel good. Yes, Virginia, the sun will come up tomorrow! Clearly a small-budget production, this is still a sweet little film, filled with the magic that Sunday Matinees were made of. With a few choice "Oldies" thrown into an effective Sound Track, the whole family is sure to enjoy this one.****


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