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Cold Sassy Tree (1989)

An independent woman from the North causes a scandal when she decides to wed a local general store owner just three weeks after he has been widowed.


Joan Tewkesbury


Olive Ann Burns (book), Karen Croner (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Faye Dunaway ... Love Simpson Blakeslee
Richard Widmark ... Enoch Rucker Blakeslee
Frances Fisher ... Loma Williams (as Francis Fisher)
Lee Garlington ... Mary Willis
John M. Jackson ... Hoyt (as John Jackson)
Jay O. Sanders ... Clayton McAllister
Jo Harvey Allen ... Effie Belle Tate
Ken Strong Ken Strong ... Camp
Samantha Mathis ... Lightfoot McClendon
Neil Patrick Harris ... Will Tweedy
Dan Biggers Dan Biggers ... Minister
Jerry Campbell Jerry Campbell ... Luther
Mary Doster Mary Doster ... Mrs. Means
Sherry Foster Sherry Foster ... Alice Ann
Saundra Dunson-Franks Saundra Dunson-Franks ... Queenie (as Saundra Franks)


Handsome May-December romantic drama set in a sleepy Southern town at the turn of the century. An independent lady from up North causes a scandal when she decides to wed the local general-store owner just three weeks after he's been widowed. Written by Anonymous

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3 May 1999 | by SJSSee all my reviews

So we read the book, "Cold Sassy Tree", in our English class. Good book.... contains three very interesting main characters (Will, Grandpa, and Miss Love), great dialogue, wonderful coming-of-age story, and a marvelous Southern town backdrop.

Then, we saw the movie.

This thing is TERRIBLE! If you haven't read the book, you *will not* understand it, and if you have, you will be bored to death! The movie jumps right into about Chapter 16 of the book. We barely know these characters, so we don't pay attention. There is a key scene in which Grandpa prays for the town to bless his new wife; in the book this scene was touching, but in the movie his character is not well-developed enough to make us realize that praying this fervently is against his character.

The movie also loses focus of the point of the story. The book was about Will and Grandpa "growing up"-- in the movie, it is more like a romance between Grandpa and Miss Love (played by a homely Faye Dunaway in a role that should have gone to someone half her age).

I beg you not to see this yawn-inducing smaltzfest! Spare yourself! Read the book, or go see some other film about Southern life ("To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)" comes to mind).

Oh, yeah, and to comment on the title: in the book it is quite relevant, but in the movie it is explained in the opening narration and not mentioned again.

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Release Date:

16 October 1989 (USA) See more »

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Aquel secreto amor See more »

Filming Locations:

Concord, Georgia, USA

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TNT See more »
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1.33 : 1
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