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Under Heaven (1998)

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Cynthia and Buck are a young couple with little but love. Soon Cynthia drops the cough syrup and beer drinking Buck: her dreams of being a princess did not involve an unemployed boyfriend ... See full summary »

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Eleanor Dunston
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Buck
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Cynthia
Kevin Phillip ...
John
Krisha Fairchild ...
Cynthia's Mother
Marjorie Nelson ...
Mrs. Fletcher
Alisa Mackay ...
Francis
Elsie Vance ...
Brittany
Teru McDonald ...
Ashley
Anna Copley ...
Eleanor's Doctor
George Catalano ...
Vegetable Man
Stefan Enriquez ...
Mexican Man
Meliza Chavez ...
Mexican Girl
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God (voice)
Rod Utley ...
Doctor in Hospital
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Cynthia and Buck are a young couple with little but love. Soon Cynthia drops the cough syrup and beer drinking Buck: her dreams of being a princess did not involve an unemployed boyfriend who steals steaks and fruit-pies under his shirt. Setting out on her own, a devastated Buck left behind, Cynthia gets a job caring for rich but terminally ill Eleanor. As God would have it, Buck comes back into the picture. Cynthia persuades him to charm the self-conscious Eleanor, to gain favors in her will. What ensues is an intense love triangle, a passionate example of the redeeming power of love and forgiveness. Written by Guillaume Bock <guillaume@cyberdude.com>

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This was one of the first seven films to be foreclosed by the Screen Actors Guild for non-payment of wages and residuals to SAG members. On 13 July 2004, rights to the film were sold at auction. See more »

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Cynthia: ...and if I get rich, I'll help you record it.
John: Ah, budding patron of the arts.
Cynthia: Hey, I'd be a good person if I were rich.
John: Why not be a good person now? It's not like it's not an option.
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Written by Marc Olsen
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Surprisingly excellent
2 August 2007 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

Lifetime movies have several themes which are employed repetitively --- the sociopath who works his/her way into a family and then intends to create mayhem; the spouse with a past completely unknown to his/her significant other; the occasional coming together by a couple who begin as rivals or combatants; etc., etc.

But one thread which seems common to most, and is present here, is some sort of intended duplicity by one or more of the characters. Here, the young couple who enter the life of the attractive, successful, terminal lead character, at first intend simply to dupe her for financial gain. And you'd expect the typical Lifetime fare to proceed in a one-dimensional manner towards this end.

But this picture has much more than you expect, in contract to the usual.

Firstly, the cast can actually act, Secondly, the characters are not drawn ridiculously "over-the-top," and ring true. Thirdly, the story is actually believable and interesting. Finally, the characters are actually persons about whom the viewer can "care," and with whom one can empathize.


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