An escaped convict (Harrison) becomes obsessed with an artist (Seymour) and her 6 year old son.An escaped convict (Harrison) becomes obsessed with an artist (Seymour) and her 6 year old son.An escaped convict (Harrison) becomes obsessed with an artist (Seymour) and her 6 year old son.
Seymour's long hair is wavy here and she wears bohemian clothes suitable for an art teacher. Laura is not a role of any depth, and her best scene is probably when she bickers with Diana, who gets the professorship because of the wealth of her father. She isn't even allowed to react to a presumably naked Harrison when he models for her class, their romantic dinner scene seems more interested in displaying candles than showing any flesh, and her girlfriend talk with Marci (Peggy Rea) where Laura wonders how she could have been attracted to the unstable Garry, cuts away from Seymour's face.
The teleplay by Paul and Sharon Boorstin uses the Rumplestiltskin fairy tale, where Garry describes `helping' Laura in his own serial killing way as `turning straw into gold', and his rationale for kidnapping Josh is because he is her `first born' and she is being punished for not valuing what he has done. This is all fine though when Laura guesses Garry's name, as in the tale, it doesn't have any impact, though the conclusion's use of a wheat cutter is a nice touch. An expectation that Garry will be burned to death, the way he had burned his wife and child (though he claims the child's presence was an unintentional) isn't met, though fire in the Attica riot are what helps to free him. Garry's state of mind is interesting in the way he drops the gun after he shoots one person and walks away, and in the way he doesn't clean a bloodied carpet stain in his room, with Harrison's playing making his weakness at `madness' effective in a child-like way.
Director Bill L Norton uses zooms on Seymour when she sees Josh falls down a well in a nightmare and nearly fall in real time, Willie Nelson singing Someone To Watch Over Me in the romantic dinner, but titled camera towards the end for Garry's lunacy and Laura's anguish.
- Mar 3, 2003