A young married US military soldier, Paul, returns home after World War II and meets a girl, Victoria, along the way. Victoria is pregnant and terrified of returning home to her Mexican family where her strict over protective father will surely disapprove of her out of wedlock pregnancy. Wanting to help, Paul offers to pose as her husband to calm things over until such time he is free to leave again but as they spend time together, they start falling in love with each other. However, Paul is still married and they have to hold themselves back before fate would intervene and tragedy would ensue and they would finally be together.Written by
Of the actors who portray the Aragon family, which is said to be Mexican, not all are actually of the heritage. While Angélica Aragón (mother), Evangelina Elizondo (grandmother) and Anthony Quinn (grandfather) are/were all Mexican-born, Quinn was also 1/4 Irish and portrayed many different heritages throughout his career. Giancarlo Giannini (father), known for his ability to speak different dialects, is Italian. Aitana Sánchez-Gijón (daughter) is Italian-Spanish. And Chicago-born Freddie Rodríguez (son) is of Puerto Rican descent. See more »
As Paul is hitchhiking home south to San Francisco, a driver said he can take him as far as San Rafael. San Rafael is north of San Francisco. The car is also driving south (ocean to its right), which is correct. However, the coast is at least an hour out of his way to the west of Napa, and he would not have gone that way. See more »
Don Pedro Aragon:
Talking between men and women never solves anything. Where we think, they feel. They are creatures of the heart.
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Who are you and what have you done with the real Keanu Reaves? This guy's come a long ways since Bill & Ted.
I was floored by the cinematography, the story itself, and the way the family was portrayed, capturing the way so many of the wine-growing families of the day were in California--not to mention the traditions and mores that existed at the time.
Anthony Quinn also turns in a stellar performance, as always, as the eccentric grandfather that really isn't quite as odd as he'd like everyone to believe he is, spots Reeves for what he really is early in the story, and pretty much drives him to face what should be his destiny--but lets him think that he's making up his own mind. All in all, I have to say this flick is a major winner, despite the fact that there's no sex, no one is gunned down, no one is blown to bits, and there are no computer generated graphics of meteorites plowing into gasoline refineries. See it.
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