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Three Wishes (1995)

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In an unexplained act of charity, Jeanne Holman, picks up an injured, apparent tramp and takes him home to care for him little realizing who he was, or the effect he would have on her life and those of her family.

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Martha Coolidge

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Clifford Green (story), Ellen Green (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Swayze ... Jack
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Jeanne
Joseph Mazzello ... Tom
Seth Mumy ... Gunny
David Marshall Grant ... Phil
Jay O. Sanders ... Coach Schramka
Michael O'Keefe ... Adult Tom
John Diehl ... Leland's Father
Diane Venora ... Joyce
David Zahorsky David Zahorsky ... Little Leland
Brian Flannery Brian Flannery ... Brian
Brock Pierce ... Scott
Davin Jacob Carey Davin Jacob Carey ... Sackin
David Hart ... Brian's Father
Scott Patterson ... Scott's Father
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Storyline

When Jane Holman is driving with her two sons, Tom and Gunny, she accidentally runs into a drifter, named Jack McCloud, who breaks his leg. Feeling sorry for him, Jane invites Jack and his dog Betty Jane to stay at her house until his leg has healed. After having some difficulties to adapt to this new lifestyle, Jack soon finds himself loved by the family and they all want him to stay. When he starts teaching baseball to Tom, who misses his father who's missing in the Korean War, the two of them develop a strong bond. Meanwhile, Gunny believes that there's more to Jack and Betty Jane than meets the eye, and he's determined to find out. Written by Peter Huiskes <huiskes@westbrabant.net>

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If you really believe, magic will find you

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and sensuality, and a scary fantasy | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Три желания See more »

Filming Locations:

Agua Dulce, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,025,496
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Production Co:

Rysher Entertainment See more »
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Well acted, superbly directed and slightly flawed
31 August 1999 | by millennia-2See all my reviews

After reading nothing but negative reviews for Three Wishes all my expectations were crushed, but I watched it anyway. It was an excellent, perfectly acted (in most cases), well directed film with beautiful camera work. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio plays a single mother of two whose husband supposedly died in Korea (it takes place in the fifties). She invites a mysterious stranger who she hit with her car (causing a broken leg) to stay with them until his cast is taken off, with no idea on how he will change their lives forever.

In his movies, Patrick Swayze is either good or horrendous. In this one he is both. At some points it looks like he'll get an Oscar, at others, a Golden Raspberry. The underrated Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (The Abyss, Limbo) is very good in her role, but the best performance belongs to Joseph Mazzello, who plays her oldest son, Tom. Despite being third billed, Mazzello probably has the most screen time, and should've got some kind of award for his performance (though he wasn't as good her as he was in The Cure). The other two leads were good. In his first film Seth Mumy plays Mastrantonio's youngest son, and is given very few scenes with the rest of the family, spending most of his time with Swayze's dog, who I'll go to now. The dog is completely adorable and happens to be a very good actor, even though he/she is a dog.

Without revealing anything, I'll say that the ending was completely unexpected, in a bad way. It was stupid, full of holes, unnecessary and made the director look like she (I think) had run out of ideas. Michael O'Keefe plays Tom in 1995. He is so unbelievably awful, he almost bring the whole picture down with him. It would've been better if the narration had been left out. Sadly, Three Wishes was one of the box office disasters that destroyed Rysher Entertainment. (Who had my favorite logo for a production company. Bad reason)

+ (GOOD THINGS) 1.) Camera work 2.) The promising cast 3.) The adorableness (is that a real word?) of the dog 4.) Joseph Mazzello's performance 5.) Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's performance 6.) Direction 7.) The script

  • (BAD THINGS) 1.) The ending 2.) Flashback narration


Total: 8.5/10


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