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Zelda Harris as "Clover" gives an excellent performance! This beautiful
very talented young woman is a natural star when it comes to family
I hope she never settles for doing any roles that are beneath her dignity.
She's much too good for that. In this movie and her others, she is
thoroughly convincing every time. She has the class, the finesse, the
and the potential to be the next Phylisha Rashad or Lena Horne. She is
great. I hope it happens for her. How Bill Cosby missed out on her talent
beyond me! Are you paying attention Dr. Cosby? This young lady is an
quite worthy of your employment!
Elizabeth McGovern also did a very fine job in this picture as did Loretta Divine. This was the first "mean role" I ever saw Loretta Divine do and she played it very well.
I rarely give a picture a vote of "10" on IMDB, but this was definitely a "10" well earned. I waited 3 years for this movie to come on TV at a time when I could fit it into my schedule to watch it,(it only shows exclusively on the USA channel), and now that I have had a chance to see "Clover" I was so impressed that I wish someone would make it into a TV series with the entire original cast, if possible. It is THAT good! But if someone does so, please make it run at least 5 seasons!
TV desperately needs many more like this one! And how!
This story was done with skill and heart. The audience that loves
family will love this haunting movie. Ernie Hudson played the kind of
character he should play more often, revered and revering husband and
The subject matter was family and dealt with issues across the board including American family, nuclear family, family in-laws, and family of man. If you want to see difficult American cultural family issues dealt with using real dialog without using four letter words, this is your movie.
Because of the profound sincerity of the acting the movie is close to the heart, and will be remembered.
The cast was outstanding. The dialog was warm and honest. Kudos to everyone, including the writers.
There is a scene in the movie where the family of Gaten ask Sara if she had a will explaining that the land had been in their family for over 100 years. Sara laughs a attempts to dismiss their fears by claiming she "loved Gaten" as if her love would make the loss of generational wealth okay. The writer attempts to dismiss the loss of land of Black farmers as being the same as Sara's family's "fear of Black people" was a dishonest response to a real problem. Black farmers have lost millions of acres in America over the past 75 years mostly to White farmers and corporate farmers. There is no reverse where White farmers have lost land to Black farmers. The passing on of property is what creates generational wealth and to pretend that love conquers all, it does not.
At this point in time one must wonder what Zelda Harris is doing, for
her performance in this movie is nothing short of outstanding.
Similarly, and despite the potentially awkward ethereal plot device,
delicately handled by Jud Taylor, Elizabeth McGovern delivers
convincingly and makes talking to herself naturally believable.
Showing it's age, and McGovern's performance as a White Woman is at times uncomfortably (maybe even realistically) stiff, this movie excels in its great story, controlled direction, and strong character performances.
Seven out of Ten, for slightly diminished social relevance eleven years after its release date, but high marks for production, performances, and heart-warming interpersonal relationships.
Saw this movie in 1997 and again two nights ago and find it still a timely piece. Glad to know Miss Harris has graduated college as this addition will enhance her career. I have always been a fan of Devine, Hudson and Canada and happy to see they are still displaying their talent ( although seemingly only on TV). A previous comment said Mr. Cosby missed a great opportunity in not using Miss Harris in more episodes of his show. Perhaps, but where are his child stars today. Mr. Cosby's loss, Miss Harris' gain. We need more films of this caliber, both in story and cast. Young people, and adults also, need to see more positive films of this nature. Recognizing that life is not easy and throws many curves, yet with strong character and love, goals can be attained. Much success to all.
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