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Up front, I enjoyed this movie. According to my wife, the Nora Roberts expert in our family, the writers and producers did a pretty good job of following the book's story. The actors were attractive and competent, even though Colin Egglesfield's attempt to look like Tom Cruise was rather vain. Gabrielle Anwar was her lovely and seductive self, and it was great seeing Shirley Jones on the screen again. However, there were some glaring irregularities with the production we couldn't help but notice. Granted, when adapting a novel for television, the writers and producers are under pressure to clean them up and make them politically acceptable for family viewing, especially for Lifetime and Hallmark audiences. But sometimes these efforts border on the absurd. For example, take the character of Sheriff Burke, the elected sheriff of the small Mississippi town where the story takes place. In the novel, Nora's facts are believable. The sheriff is a typical good old white boy who is married to an attractive and socially prominent white woman. But in this production, the sheriff is a black man who is married to an attractive and socially prominent white woman. I don't think the times have changed that much - certainly not in rural Mississippi. Next, have you ever looked at a scene and wondered what's wrong with this picture? There is a July 4th celebration in the story, complete with whooping and hollering and good old country music. But as you look at this scene in this production, you can't help but notice what's missing confederate flags. Excuse me, in Mississippi those good old boys are going to wave flags, both American and most surely confederate. Finally, there's the matter of the Mississippi heat. This story takes place in the summertime in Mississippi, which is hot, humid and all around sticky. Yet the sheriff and FBI dude walk around outside in the heat with a clean shirt and tie, buttoned at the top yet, and not a spot of wetness showing through their shirts. There is also a scene where the hero and heroine are lounging romantically in front of a roaring fireplace. A roaring fireplace in Mississippi in the summertime is not romantic, it's insane! But even with these nick-picky faults, the movie was good and we recommend it highly.
This southern Gothic wannabe was adapted from an original novel, but it's hopelessly derivative. I haven't read the book, but boy did I watch the movie. It's so filled with clichés and stereotypes, at times it played like a "Airplane" style comedy. It takes place in a town called Innocence. How ironic! I especially enjoyed hearing the actors slip in and out of their southern accents. There are also several prized clichés- talk about running barefoot, eating craw fish, chasing fireflies, hunting possum, gutting trout, and of course, deep dark family secrets. All that was missing was a trailer park with a tire hanging from a rope tied to a tree. A world-famous violinist from Innocence returns back home to her late grandmammy's place after experiencing romantic disappointment. Well, she soon catches the eye of the town's womanizer, a guy named Tucker, who looks more like an Abercrombie & Fitch model than the scion of wealthy southern gentry. Problem is, there is this serial killer offing various white trash ladies who were romantically linked to Tucker. Of course, she and Tucker fall in love. So, will he kiss her or try to kill her? It's up to us to figure it out while we get to meet a wide array of southern stock characters amid hot sunny days and steamy humid nights. I have to admit, I enjoyed all the badness. If you keep your sense of humor high and your expectations low, you may enjoy it too.
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Interesting, intriguing film dealing with a series of murders in a
small Mississippi town. The town seems to be nicely integrated and with
the exception of a black man being beaten up in one scene, all people
seem to live in harmony. In fact, the head of the police is a black
Shirley Jones, as Della, has a small role here. At the very end, she has a strong,emotional scene once the killer has been revealed. Ironically, one of the victims of the murderer is a woman who resembled Shirley so much in her Oscar winning role as Lulu Baines in 1960's "Elmer Gantry."
Our leading man, Colin Egglesfield, ought to change his name. He will be the object of every joke regarding eggs should his career evolve.
This story has everything going for it. You play a real guessing game in determining who the murderer is and I guarantee that you will not come up with the answer.
We've got lust, cheating on spouses, revenge, and so much more.
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Can I make a suggestion? If you are going to write a book and make a
movie set in Mississippi, make sure you visit here first. The accents
were terrible. I was really embarrassed for some of the actors. Also
just so you know, there are no mountains in Mississippi. Anyone from
here could tell that the location was totally off. Mississippi is a
beautiful state with a lot to offer. It would be nice if someone gave
us a fair shake and tried to get to know the real South for once. You
would really enjoy it. After all we are famous for our hospitality!
I love Nora Roberts but I was so disappointed in this book and movie. This could have been so much better.
Then this movie is for you.
There are A LOT of cheesy accents (I even heard one of the actors mistakenly do a BOSTON accent at one point!).
Despite these accent issues, if you like a Southern setting (think, 'The Skeleton Key', but with a Lifetime feel) - then you will probably dig this movie.
I would not consider this a suspense film, as there are no suspenseful moments whatsoever. It's a very PG "mystery". I would allow my daughter to watch it (she's 11).
They didn't make this movie to win any awards. It is what it is, and the makers of the movie know it. Lot of cute male eye candy too ;) Perfect for a lazy afternoon on the couch. Give it a shot.
i rarely encountered a movie, i mean, well, a B movie, could be so bad like this one. the screenplay is so bad, the dialog, holly molly, the worst, the acting....eh....since the dialog is so bad that definitely affected the actors to perform unnaturally bad, and truly that everybody acted so badly that almost became an eye sore to watch. if there's a director, then this guy should consider changing his occupation since there's definitely no future at all for him to make a living in movie industry. this a very pretentious and stupid to the extreme A movie (since it's worse than a B movie), "A" abbreviated as "Avoid", so avoid it as best as you could. there's nothing to be reviewed since it deserves not to be reviewed. a famous female violinist? a southern township full of retarded morons and gossipy folks? and worst of all, a serial killer in a small town kept murdering town folks? worst of the worst, the serial killer might tie up with the homecoming violinist? what a stupid scenario and plot? show me some brain, will you? i rest my case.
This is the worst made-for-television movie I have ever watched. What a waste of time. I enjoy Nora Roberts' books, and Carnal Innocence was a decent book. Other movies made from her books have been okay. This was was horrible. Bad acting, bad screenplay, bad directing. Fake southern accents, no real depth to the characters. The characters were not believable, neither was the setting. And don't get me started about the "violin playing". Next time get a real female violinist as a body double. I kept watching in the hope it would improve. Wasted my time. Please do not waste yours. Read the book instead and use your own imagination. Obviously, the screenwriter(s), actors and director did not or could not.
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