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1918 (1985)

Not Rated | | Drama | 26 April 1985 (USA)
It's 1918, the height of United States involvement in World War I - Liberty Bonds are sold, German immigrants are suspected as traitors or saboteurs, young men everywhere succumb to the ... See full summary »

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Ken Harrison

Writers:

Horton Foote (screenplay), Horton Foote (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Converse-Roberts ... Horace Robedaux
Hallie Foote ... Elizabeth Robedaux
Rochelle Oliver ... Mrs. Mary Vaughn
Michael Higgins ... Mr. Vaughn
Matthew Broderick ... Brother
Jeanne McCarthy Jeanne McCarthy ... Bessie Stillman (as Jeannie McCarthy)
Bill McGhee ... Sam the Cemetary Worker
L.T. Felty L.T. Felty ... Mr. Thatcher
Horton Foote Jr. Horton Foote Jr. ... Jessie
Tom Murrel Tom Murrel ... Stanley
Phillip Smith Phillip Smith ... Bill
Norma Allen Norma Allen ... Mrs. Gregory
Margaret Spaulding Margaret Spaulding ... Mrs. Cunningham
Carol Goodheart Carol Goodheart ... Ruth Amos
Buffy Carol Buffy Carol ... Gladys Maud
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It's 1918, the height of United States involvement in World War I - Liberty Bonds are sold, German immigrants are suspected as traitors or saboteurs, young men everywhere succumb to the patriotism and propaganda and enlist. In a small Texas town, Horace Robedaux feels the pressure - he doesn't want to leave his young wife Elizabeth and their young child Jenny - but Elizabeth's can't-do-anything-right little brother is constantly talking about the war, and Elizabeth's stern father, who opposed the marriage initially, now has plans to take care of his daughter and the child so Horace can fight for his country. But the influenza epidemic sweeping the town (and the nation) may change everyone's plans. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Waxahachie, Texas, USA

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Guadalupe Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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In the closing credits, the march "Indepedentia" is credited to John Philip Sousa. The piece was composed by Robert Browne Hall. See more »

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Followed by On Valentine's Day (1986) See more »

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Meticulous drama of life in a small Texas town near the end of the First World War
18 July 2001 | by AldanoliSee all my reviews

Meticulous slice-of-life drama by playwright Horton Foote about his parents (William Converse-Roberts and Hallie Foote) and their lives in a small Texas town near the end of the First World War. The details of everyday life and the interaction between the characters are what's important here, as Foote's father may have to go off to fight, while the Spanish influenza epidemic rages in the background, eventually leading to tragedy. A young Matthew Broderick -- before his success on Broadway or as "Ferris Bueller" (though after "Wargames") -- also appears as the scheming character, Brother.

Incidentally -- if it seems as though there's a part of this story that's already happened but that you haven't been told about, there's a good reason: This film is a companion to "On Valentine's Day," and the two films plus additional footage also made up a five-hour series (originally produced for PBS' "American Playhouse") called "Story of a Marriage." See the whole drama as opposed to the two set-pieces if you can.


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