A Cool, Dry Place (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  29 January 1999 (USA)
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A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five year old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beth Ward
Bobby Moat ...
Calvin Durrell
Bob Harper
Joyce Ives
Charlotte (as Siobhan Fallon)
Larry Ives (as Christopher Bauer)
Frankie Gooland
Carol Holman
Tom Johnson
Jack Newbauer
Dara Perlmutter ...


A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five year old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife abandoned him in Chicago. Just as he starts to develop a new relationship with a veterinarian's assistant, his ex-wife suddenly reappears and wants to re-assert herself in her husband and son's life. On top of the romantic conflict, he is also suddenly presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to join a major firm in Dallas. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Dance Real Slow  »

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1.85 : 1
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Kate Durrell: [to Russ] When I was in the bathroom, I was thinking about the time, God, I don't even think Calvin was 6-months-old, when we were down at the lake. And it started to rain, and you put him in the ice chest, you covered him - you covered him with a blanket. And that's the way I always think of him when I think of him with you. Y'know, being safe and protected in a cool dry place.
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something is missing to make this a good movie
21 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Vince is great. The story is funny and touching. There're some great bits, especially about the kid. So what is so fundamentally wrong with this movie? I couldn't figure it out, but something is missing.

I figure the only answer is a general lack of film making imagination. It boils down to a made-for-TV look to the movie. There's a lack of any good musical score or interesting songs. The direction is at best described as mediocre.

It's saving grace lies in the actors and a good story. It's too bad they couldn't save this movie completely.

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