An accountant, who never quite grew out of his awkward teenage years, finds himself with a dating coach - she happens to be his high school crush as well. Thanks to his coach, he gets a ... See full summary »
Berkeley is the story of Ben Sweet, an eighteen year old boy who comes to UC Berkeley in 1968 to study accounting and avoid the draft. There begins an odyssey through sex, drugs, rock and ... See full summary »
Emily and Ben met on Christmas day now plan to marry on this Christmas day almost two years later. Then Emily must attend work, and leaves the wedding plans up to Ben. Problems arise when ... See full summary »
A demonic being destroys an entire town, save a young boy and his sister. Twenty years later, the sister is an artist with psychic abilities and her brother has grown obsessed with tracking... See full summary »
All-American Kyle is the newest initiate of the Black Circle Boys, an underworld society of gothic groupies whose primary interests are creating mayhem and studying the Occult. By the time ... See full summary »
Selected by the DEA, a group of police cadets form a Narc unit to bust narcotic dealers along the Venice Beach Boardwalk. When a gang turf war leads to the death of one of the unit members,... See full summary »
Mark Boone Junior,
When the beloved quartet of postal detectives- Oliver (Mabius), Shane (Booth), Rita (Lowe) and Norman (Gustafson)-discover an urgent letter written to God, they delay their own travel plans... See full summary »
English literature teacher Maggie Webber accidentally sees her husband, lawyer Tom Webber, kiss Brigitte. When she confronts him, he says to love another, after 25 years of happy marriage, with a daughter in college, Diane. After Maggie learns from a friend Tom's numerous adventures were widely known, she returns for the summer holiday to Little Bear Lake, where she had her best summer at 18, and met, working as dance hall waitress, her first love, Patrick Fleming, a handsome romantic whom she left to return to her sick, widowed father. After learning Patrick married the next year and died years ago, Maggie decides to take sabbatical year and a bank loan to buy and reopen the Lake's old dance hall, The Harvest Moon, to great local acclaim. At the mooring dock, which Patrick built in their days, she meets his handsome young adult son, John Keats Fleming (middle name after her favorite poet), who is engaged to Amy and a woodcarver, so he works as foreman at the Moon's restoration. At ... Written by
Jacqui Bisset even at 58 still projects a vixen quality that belies her obvious maturity, here she has the opportunity to showcase her age as her asset and integral to the storyline, but ultimately, the plot is thin, the characters and situations clichéd and un-involving. She plays a woman scorned by philandering husband (Mancuso) and elects to take a trip back through memory lane to a place in which she worked briefly some thirty years earlier, and where she had a brief but torrid liaison with a man named Patrick. Patrick has since both married and died, but his son (Mabius) is a tangible reminder of her brief encounter with Patrick (but not her progeny - it's not that kind of movie) and serves to vicariously rekindle the flame she shared with his late father.
It's a little disconcerting watching the two engage in the lovey-dovey dialogue and passionate embraces, the kisses looking anything but intimate. There's this whole 'Danielle Steele' quality to the movie that holds it back from the mature, poignant tale it aims to be, although Bisset at least gives an apparently sincere performance in a complex characterisation that exhibits conflicted emotions and motivations. Despite the fact her character is criticised, ostracised and made to feel 'trashy' by townsfolk concerned for Mabius' character's welfare, Bisset never becomes a tragic figure, retaining dignity even despite the lame dialogue and clichéd situations.
TV movie of mediocre quality, elevated marginally by the star presence of Bisset ought to appeal to those looking for the TV cousin (and predecessor) of "Under the Tuscan Sun", or just those who remain enamoured by the evergreen Bisset.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?