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Academically brilliant Mark was his family's pride and joy, if not the whole small town's, but ultimately triumphantly leaves for MIT. Then his single mother Maylene, who never got over losing their father Willard, has to transfer her attention to gray mouse Ruth. half-wit local 'bad boy' Ruben 'Ruby Doll' becomes Ruth's lover and moves in, but domineering Maylene treats him like unwelcome trash. That changes when the love birds are pregnant, but Maylene soon imposes her standards for raising grandson Justy, leading to a grim climax. Written by
While Maylene, was calling the police, Ruby knocked the phone from her hands, and minutes later, the phone appeared while he was choking her. See more »
[siren wails in the background and men speak as the camera is trained on a beaten, traumatized Ruth]
Who called it in?
A man across the way heard screams; said it wasn't the first time.
I need to see him. So, what do we got?
A dead body and a mute.
[walks over to Ruth]
Talk to me, Ruth. Those bruises are pretty bad. How'd you get those bruises, Ruth? What happened, Ruth?
I'm the only one that can tell the story from beginning to end. What it begins with is Maylene, my mother, and the ...
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I can only top Kaagaard's regret by saying I wish I had recorded the second hour. I recorded and saw the first hour of this excellent story, but I have not seen the ending; so I don't know how it comes out. I can only wait for reruns or for it to come out on video--which I suspect and hope that it will. (Third alternative: it's based on a novel so I could find and read it.)
Kaagaard is right about the acting, though I would add that I was watching the competition between Christine Lahti and Nicholle Tom to see which one was going to out-act the other, and it was close. I liked that you could sympathize with both mother and daughter and at the same time feel that they were both obviously wrong about some things.
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