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Foxfire (1987)

Annie Nations and her husband Hector loved their life together in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but when Hector dies, Annie has to decide if she can handle the wilderness on her own.


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Susan Cooper (adaptation), Susan Cooper (play) | 1 more credit »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Jessica Tandy ... Annie Nations
Hume Cronyn ... Hector Nations
John Denver ... Dillard Nations
Gary Grubbs ... Prince
Harriet Hall Harriet Hall ... Holly
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joshua Bryson Joshua Bryson ... Heckie
Leith Eaton Leith Eaton ... Young Widow
Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Madge Burton
Tony Trischka Tony Trischka ... Banjo
Jenny Whitter Jenny Whitter ... Becky


Fierce but aging widow Annie Nations lives alone on her farm. Unable to let go of the past -- she sometimes visits with the ghost of her husband -- Annie gets pulled into a very current battle with a real estate developer looking to buy her land. Annie also needs to help her son, Dillard, a country singer struggling to raise his two daughters on his own. As Annie deals with these pressures, she begins to reflect on her long life on the farm. Written by Jwelch5742

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Release Date:

13 December 1987 (USA) See more »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Foxfire (#37.2) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The New York production of "Foxfire" by Susan Cooper and Hume Cronyn opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York on November 11, 1982 and ran for 213 performances. Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy recreated their stage roles in this filmed production. Susan Cooper wrote the screenplay for this production based upon the script she wrote with Hume Cronyn. See more »


Dillard Nations: I do love this place, but I can't live here.
Annie Nations: No, ya never could once ya was grow'd.
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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »


My Feet Took T'walkin'
Lyrics by Susan Cooper & Hume Cronyn
Music by Jon Brielle
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Hey! You! Get Off Of My Cloud!
20 October 2014 | by SnowgoSee all my reviews

I really wanted to like Foxfire. I am a big fan of John Denver, and enjoyed his movie from a year earlier: A Christmas Tale, very much. Jessica Tandy was very good in Foxfire; I can't really say anything else good about it.

The dialogue was sub-standard and the scenes repetitive, but it was the unlikely, cynical and even shocking ending that killed this movie. The movie was going along well up to and including what should have been a fulcrum and the most critical scene of the movie: Harriet Hall (as Holly) criticised John Denver (as Dillard Nations) for being such a phony on stage. She was obviously in love with him, and the movie should have been re-written to have her lead Dillard to experience a change-of-heart about everything: The honesty of his relationships, his relationship to his work, his relationship to his mother and his relationship to the land, all of which are jaundiced and askew.

He has absolutely no appreciation for the appalachian life and land that he was raised on, and has no respect for the wishes of his mother. This is the first movie I have seen where John Denver plays a real self-centered creep: Did Dillard stop for one moment to think about what a trip to Florida could do to an old woman such as her? Did he think about how long she would last, being torn away from the land and memories that give her identity and roots? This is the cheapest, most callous ploy I have ever seen to get a free babysitter.

He had the opportunity, when Holly took-him-to-task, to get honest with himself and bring his children up there to live with her. He could have decided to help his mother, and respect her wishes, instead of fetch her to act as nanny in Florida to his then-motherless children.

When Jessica Tandy (as Annie Nations) decided to sell, it screwed with my head so bad, I threw the movie out. This would not, should not have happened, in real life. She would have lived her life there. I felt abused and betrayed by screenwriters Susan Cooper and Hume Cronyn. I haven't researched either of them, but what do you want to bet they are a couple of city slickers?

How can we feel good about Foxfire? A mountain girl like Annie would have lasted maybe 3 months best in the Florida high-rise retirement/tourist swamp.


Foxfire could have been great, but instead of John Denver's character experiencing the transformation he did in A Christmas Tale, he remained the same careless, selfish lout he was at the beginning of the movie. I still love John Denver, but I'm sorry I watched Firefox. If you want to see a movie about appalachia, then watch Song Catcher, or Fire Down Below, instead.

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