It's 1944 in the small town of Gregory, Texas. Divorcée Nita Longley has been brought into the town by the telephone company to work as its switchboard operator, a job which requires her to...
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It's 1944 in the small town of Gregory, Texas. Divorcée Nita Longley has been brought into the town by the telephone company to work as its switchboard operator, a job which requires her to be at the switchboard day and night. She was originally told by her boss Mr. Rigby that this job would only be a stepping-stone to a more lucrative job with regular working hours, which Mr. Rigby seems to be reneging on since he has now told her that her position is frozen due to the war. As such, Nita feels trapped by this situation. Nita lives in the telephone switchboard office building with her two sons, adolescent Harry and infant Henry. Because of her marital status, many of the townsfolk, especially the men, view Nita either with contempt or as a loose woman. One evening, Teddy Roebuck, a sailor on a four day furlough who is hitchhiking back to his home in Ardmore, Oklahoma, stops by to make a telephone call. When he learns that the reason for his trip home no longer exists, Teddy decides to... Written by
Sissy Spacek has never looked more beautiful than in this WW2 drama directed by her husband,art director Jack Fisk,and the chemistry between her and Eric Roberts works well,but this film has two major flaws to it that ultimately prove to be its downfall.The first is that once Eric Roberts leaves for the war,Miss Spacek very shortly thereafter gives one of her standard "I am woman,watch me roar" Declarations of Independence,which in this case is nothing more than a time filler.The second is that about 10 minutes into the film,you know exactly how its going to end,and the film doesn't disappoint,although the identity of the Raggedy Man is a bit of a suprise.The film is still worth seeing,though,for the scenes between the two leads,the beautiful cinematography,and the attention to detail.
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