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Eva Marie Saint,
Jennifer Jason Leigh
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What a pleasure! Back in the early 80's and so forth till about the early 90's, made for television films were produced like theatrical films, but had morals to be seen. They were no where near as cheesy and soapy as the many thousands of television films that are made today. This film follows Judy Danner(Dominique Dunne) as she approaches her wedding day, and all the fears in between. Her parents have been divorced for awhile now, so she is afraid she will end up like them...what happens when the loving stops?
A lot of touching moments here, especially with Dunne's fine performance in the lead, helped by her co stars. Ally Sheedy pales next to Dunne's expertise. The rest of the cast is fine as well.
Marriage is a commitment, that is what this film is saying, that people should get married because they want to, not because they have to. And shucks, who wouldn't want to marry Dominique Dunne? More than anyone can say for the thousands of stupid lifetime original movies that are made today. The Lee Holderidge score is also worth mentioning, as the theme song sounds like a poem, a vast advance for films of this kind of budget.
Give it a try, if you can find it!
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