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I didn't know what to expect when walking into this film, other than that Connie Stevens created it with many others including Tatum O'Neal as the lead actress and Michael Biehn as lead actor. I came out of the theater realizing I had just witnessed a great and legendary picture, with the second greatest performance I have ever had a chance to see. Connie Stevens was sitting directly behind me, as were two of the young actresses who helped bring real life into this film. "Grace" starts out very innocently. We learn that Michael Biehn's character is brother to a woman named Grace who has spent the last two decades confined in a mental hospital. And then we see Tatum O'Neal as Grace, and one can tell this is an extraordinary performance from the very first shot of her. After years of turmoil and bargaining, Grace is finally released back into society into Michael's home where he lives with his wife and daughter, and her friend Carrie played by Rylee Fansler. From the beginning though, this is all Rylee's experience in living with her friend and her family, and her character, Carrie, is based entirely on Connie Stevens; this film was a real part of her life. Grace was a part of her life, and as we learn, not in a truly positive way. As Grace struggles to adjust, the weather is looking grim, and a historical flood causes mass conflict for all. Can Grace cope, or will her actions lead her into the darkest of places? Tatum O'Neal, many blessings to you. She was perfect in her performance and thrilling throughout. The second half of this film is extremely darker than the first, and for that reason I urge everyone to see this film as it heads into theatres and watch the film in its entirety. I hope to see more from Connie Stevens and an Academy Award nomination for Tatum O'Neal, she deserves the best.
I am usually very forgiving of B-grade films. I don't mind a good old-
fashioned syrupy love story now and then, or some half-baked horror
tale about a woman in some remote location fighting to save her
family's haunted B&B . . . but this film . . . wow, I really can't
forgive this one. It is so grossly manipulative, with all the subtlety
of a sledgehammer, from the acting to the writing to the rainstorms of
Biblical proportions. I didn't know if I was watching a Hallmark film,
some silly Nickelodeon episode, or a cheap horror flick. The children
are as cloying as marshmallow peeps (did no one work with these young
actors, or did they just stuff them with cupcakes and candy and set
them in front of the camera?). The adults--actors, director, and screen
writer--didn't fare much better. I just felt bashed in the head at
every turn--too much too much too much. (Towards the end of the film
Penelope Miller has one of the most atrocious rain-soaked speeches I
have ever seen.)
I did enjoy and appreciate Tatum O'Neal's performance. While I understand some of the harsh criticism regarding her portrayal of a severely emotionally disturbed woman, I found it to be heart breakingly realistic in the main. Of course she would drift around, half awake, half alive, twitchy and flaky and completely insecure. I actually felt sorry for this character. While I don't know how much of the story is entirely based on real events, surely placing Grace in her brother's home with his happy camper family, across the street from her former husband and his bubbly preggers wife, then given the glamorous job of sewing the baby's quilt and creating a mile-high lemon meringue pie of a ballgown for a 10 year old attending a military ball (a horrible and unnecessary story line, on several counts). . . I mean, if this is what her life has become, who wouldn't break out the sharp objects?
We gave this movie a chance because we felt sorry for Tatum O'Neill
trying to make a comeback. But we were let down. Her speaking parts
were few and far between and the plot was non-existent. The whole story
is she is the crazy sister that just got out of mental hospital.
Children in this movie were beyond annoying and pointless to the film.
The trailer made it seem like a thriller but it could not have been
We regret the $6 dollars we paid to watch this on pay-per-view. This movie reminds me of Oprah Winfrey's Beloved, an unintentional comedy because it is so ridiculous with over the top acting and a stupid story.
This had the makings of a good movie, but was thoroughly spoilt by the
bad directing and terrible acting. One or two could act reasonably
well, the rest were awful and so was the music score.
I had the feeling that Connie Stevens, cast the parts to friends and family, and used her choice of music from the past. She also wrote the story line and directed....that says it all.
Tatum O'Neal was dreadful and her terrible acting destroyed the movie.
Such a shame because the storyline had the makings of a good movie
I think the first review (and only other one), was posted by one of the team from the movie.
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