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Love Field (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 February 1993 (USA)
When a woman enrout to JFK's funeral befriends a black man's daughter, they experience numerous revelations and hardships.

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Jonathan Kaplan

Writer:

Don Roos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Lurene Hallett
Dennis Haysbert ... Paul Cater
Stephanie McFadden Stephanie McFadden ... Jonell
Brian Kerwin ... Ray Hallett
Louise Latham ... Mrs. Enright
Peggy Rea ... Mrs. Heisenbuttel
Beth Grant ... Hazel
Johnny Ray McGhee Johnny Ray McGhee ... Mechanic
Cooper Huckabee ... Deputy Swinson
Troy Evans ... Lt. Galvan
Mark Jeffrey Miller ... Trooper Exley (as Mark Miller)
Pearl Jones Pearl Jones ... Mrs. Baker
Janell McLeod Janell McLeod ... Station Cashier
Bob Minor ... Barricade Policeman
Rhoda Griffis ... Jacqueline Kennedy
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Storyline

Dallas housewife Lurene Hallett's life revolves around the doings of Jacqueline Kennedy. She is devastated when President Kennedy is shot a few hours after she sees him arrive at Love Field. Despite her husband Ray's prohibition, she decides to attend the funeral in Washington D.C. Forced to travel by bus, she befriends Jonell, the young black daughter of Paul Couter. Sensing something wrong, her good intentioned interference leads the mixed race threesome on an increasingly difficult journey to Washington with both the police and Ray looking for them. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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On the day Kennedy died, a love story began. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szeretet földje See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,949,148
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The same year's movie Ruby (1992) was made and released about five years after its source stage play "Love Field" by Stephen Davis had been first performed at the Bush Theatre in London, England in 1987. Davis also penned the screenplay for that picture. This movie called Love Field (1992) was first released in the same year as Ruby (1992) but it was not based on Davis' stage production. See more »

Quotes

Paul Cater: I didn't GET this car, I stole it. That's a felony.
Lurene Hallett: Well it shouldn't be if it can't go over forty!
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Our Day Will Come
Written by Bob Hilliard and Mort Garson
Performed by Ruby & The Romantics
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Cute but wildly inaccurate
26 August 2018 | by view_and_reviewSee all my reviews

The movie was interesting but I'm calling BS. Let me lay it down for you.

The year is 1963 and JFK is in office. Lurene Hallett (Michelle Pfeiffer) is a Dallas woman that loves the Kennedys. When JFK was assassinated she wanted so desperately to attend the funeral that she defied her husband and snuck out to catch a bus to Washington DC.

Paul Cater (Dennis Haysbert--better known as Allstate's spokesperson or the president in 24) is on his way home with his daughter, Jonell (Stephanie McFadden). He ends up on the same bus as Lurene, sitting right behind her. His daughter is withdrawn and it looks like things aren't what they seem between Paul and Jonell.

Now, here's where the movie simply gets it wrong. Lurene starts to engage in idle chit-chat with Paul and Paul somewhat reciprocates. Eventually it turns into them being on the lam together through various southern states with a stolen car. I'm skipping a lot of details but I don't want to be a spoiler nor do I want to make this review much longer than it's already going to be.

Here are my gripes:

Firstly, no way would Lurene be associating with a black man on a public bus in the south. Even if she was liberal at that time chances are she wouldn't have been that daft and would know the social faux pas of talking with a "colored" man for a reason other than an immediate need.

Secondly, even if Lurene engaged him, no way would Paul reciprocate. Even if he was a bold and defiant black man he would know that talking with a white woman in the south would mean almost certain death. Furthermore, he had his daughter with him so that was even more of a reason to be in self-preservation mode.

Thirdly, even if we conceding that actions one and two happened, no way would it go beyond that--which in the movie it did. It went way beyond that.

If this movie took place in any later era, like the 70's for instance, then I'd be more apt to believe it. Yes, there'd still be problems with the association between these two but at least it'd be more believable. This happened in 1963, and even though there was some progress by that time things hadn't progressed nearly enough for a white woman and a black man to be seen together in the south.

I give Love Field a little bit of credit because they did approach the grave danger Lurene put them both in. Paul was in trouble and he was trying to lay low and it was largely due to the naiveté of Lurene. She was so aloof and reckless that she was apt to get both of them killed. Today, that same behavior wouldn't even warrant a second look but not in 1963. Lurene was a walking weapon and didn't even know it and for that I say BS.


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