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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.

Director:

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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Her life began when her world fell apart. See more »

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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

Actor 'Eriq la Salle' was also in contention for the male lead of Paul Cater which in the end was cast with actor Dennis Haysbert. 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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References Cry of Battle (1963) See more »

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Our Day Will Come
Written by Bob Hilliard and Mort Garson
Performed by Ruby & The Romantics
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Three for the road
15 January 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

"Love Field" was a film that came and went without much fanfare. It was shown on cable recently, so we decided to take a chance with it. Jonathan Kaplan makes an impression with his unusual take on the subject of the race relations in the United States of the early 60s that pays a great deal of respect to the era in which it takes place. The film shows how things were in this country in the years where segregation was still enforced in the land.

If you haven't watched the movie, please stop reading now.

Lurene, the young woman at the center of the story was in awe of Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy. The former first lady had such magnetic quality and charisma that it was easy to see why she was so admired and imitated by all women in America in the early 60s. After all, Mrs. Kennedy was royalty in a country that supposedly has no class differences. Jackie's sense of style was imitated by most women; after all, she was an elegant, vibrant and youthful woman who all wanted to adore.

The story presents a situation that rings false from the beginning. Lurene was only a step above of what would be considered white trash, therefore, her relationship with Paul Cater and Jonell, is hard to believe because of the woman's background. Lurene is kind hearted, but one wonders to what extend would someone in her station in life would have done in a real situation like the director presents in the picture.

As far as what we watch in the film, making allowances for Lurene's open mind and understanding about segregation and discrimination, the movie is easy to watch. In pairing Michelle Pfeiffer with a handsome Dennis Haysbert, who has already been seen in a similar role in "Far from Heaven", one can see why these two lost souls were attracted to one another. We can understand Lurene's sense of decency, as well as Paul's falling for Lurene when reason and logic would tell him to stay away from this white woman. Even in the big Northern cities where racial discrimination was not as blatant as in the deep South, integrated couples were a rarity in the early 60s.

Michelle Pfeiffer makes a compelling Lurene, the girl who is a decent human being. This role is a stretch for Ms. Pfeiffer, an actress not associated with dramatic parts that make such demands on her. Dennis Haysbert is good as the troubled Paul, a man that only wants to do his best for this daughter he is bringing back to Philadelphia. Stephanie McFadden is sweet as the young girl who can't comprehend what's going on around her. Finally, Louise Latham, as Mrs. Enright, is the only one that shows any decency to the situation in which she gets involved against her will.

While the movie doesn't break any grounds in racial relations, at least it has the courage to show how wrong segregation was and how prevalent it was in the United States.


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