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On Valentine's Day (1986)

PG | | Drama | 11 April 1986 (USA)
On Valentine's Day is the central film in Horton Foote's semi-autobiographical trilogy that also includes Courtship and 1918. It is a nearly verbatim retelling of his stage play and the sets and costumes.

Director:

Ken Harrison

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hallie Foote ... Elizabeth Robedaux
Michael Higgins ... Mr. Vaughn
Richard Jenkins ... Bobby Pate
William Converse-Roberts ... Horace Robedaux
Jeanne McCarthy Jeanne McCarthy ... Bessie
Steven Hill ... George Tyler
Irma P. Hall ... Aunt Charity
Rochelle Oliver ... Mrs. Vaughn
Matthew Broderick ... Brother
Carol Goodheart Carol Goodheart ... Miss Ruth
Horton Foote Jr. Horton Foote Jr. ... Steve Tyler
Oskar Kelly Oskar Kelly ... Old Black Man
Bill McGhee ... Sam
Tim Green ... Sheriff
Peyton E. Park Peyton E. Park ... Dr. Goodhue
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On Valentine's Day is the central film in Horton Foote's semi-autobiographical trilogy that also includes Courtship and 1918. It is a nearly verbatim retelling of his stage play and the sets and costumes.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Story of a Marriage See more »

Filming Locations:

Waxahachie, Texas, USA

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Guadalupe,Hudson,Lumière See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Stagy? Perhaps. But Foote's characters are fascinating.
22 November 1999 | by richieveeSee all my reviews

"On Valentine's Day" is the central film in Horton Foote's semi-autobiographical trilogy that also includes "Courtship" and "1918." It is a nearly verbatim retelling of his stage play "Valentine's Day," and the sets and costumes beautifully transport the viewer back to the days of homefront World War I. Foote's central characters, newlyweds Horace and Elizabeth Robideaux, are acted with what might be termed "British" sensitivity (high praise!), and even his subsidiary characters are fascinating -- particularly Uncle George and Cousin Bobby. Though leisurely (some might say "stagy") in director Ken Harrison's affectionate realization, "On Valentine's Day" remains a gripping narrative. In the context of the filmed trilogy, it becomes much more: a shattering experience peopled by some of Horton Foote's most indelible characters.


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