Alabama; 1969: The death of a clan's estranged wife and mother brings together two very different families. Do the scars of the past hide differences that will tear them apart, or expose truths that could lead to unexpected collisions?
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Earl Pilcher Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining ... See full summary »
James Earl Jones,
Twenty-five years after commiting a double murder, Karl Childers is going to be released from an institution for the criminally insane. A local reporter comes to talk to him, and after some... See full summary »
Billy Bob Thornton,
A young man in the 1940s raises a family in Alabama after his wife leaves him for an Englishman and moves to England. When the wife dies, she leaves a request to be brought back to Alabama to be buried, and at that point the man hasn't seen her in nearly 30 years. The two families - her original family she abandoned and her English family - meet and make an attempt to adjust to each other, with uneven results. Written by
Tippi Hedren's scenes ended up on the cutting room floor; however, the producers thanked her in the closing credits. See more »
I just want to fly up there - in the quiet and still. I was a navy pilot. How 'bout that? It wasn't quiet and still though. It was loud and crazy and scary. But you went up every time you were supposed to. Did what you were supposed to do. And I went up with three minds. One mind was always thinking, "One way or the other, I'm gonna get back. I'm gonna make it back." And then another mind was always thinking, "This is probably gonna be the last day of my life." And then your third mind was ...
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This slow, slow, slow film is painful -- no, excruciating -- to get through. Who the hell gave this script a green light??? Didn't anyone read it?? Who thought it was a good idea? And more importantly - who the hell thought it would make a profit??!!
"Jayne Mansfield's Car" is yet one more agonizing example that the lunatics are running the asylum. God knows how it was financed. I guess if you tell someone Robert Duvall is going to go in front of the cameras, the wallets magically open. Billy Bob Thornton has done some good work in the past, but this is far from it. From the murky "Godfather" wannabe lighting to the painfully slow watching-paint-dry editing, this is a slow-going and dreary experience. More like an endurance test than a film. Total waste of time and effort for all involved.
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