A young man (Donald) is dying of AIDS. His lover (James) asks his mother (Audrey) to go to Fayetteville, Arkansas and tell Donald's mother, who has been estranged from her son for years. Written by
Randy Goldebrg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Julie Andrews portrays a woman named Audrey Grant. In Victor Victoria (1982), Andrews portrayed the title character, Victoria Grant. Hugh Grant portrays Andrew's son, James, and although his last name is never mentioned, logically, his character would be James Grant. See more »
Well, if wasn't was he is, he wouldn't be gonna die, would he? Would he! I hate it what he is! It turns my stomach!
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This film is dedicated to the memory of the 108,731 people in the United States who have died of complications from AIDS. See more »
Gay male couple in Los Angeles deals with tragedy: one partner has full-blown AIDS, and his estranged mother from Arkansas is called for; soon, the boys' mothers meet for the first time and couldn't be more dissimilar. Big-hearted TV movie made at the time 108,731 Americans had perished from AIDS, so it's realistic in this setting that everyone here would be struggling with the notion of the disease and with homosexuality in general. Julie Andrews is the wealthy, society-type who lives in a sparkling abode; Ann-Margret plays the bewigged cowgirl who's had a wild life of ups and downs. Dramatically, it might have been more interesting if the two actresses had switched roles--they're a little bit typecast--but it's a comfortable, secure match, and both women are shown to good advantage. Not so Hugh Grant as Andrews' son, looking a bit distanced from the proceedings. A small-budgeted but emotional film, dignified and even-keeled, and though Ann-Margret's character is anti-gay and refers to her son as "one of them", the movie attempts to show personal growth and is ultimately compassionate.
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