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Timepiece (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 22 December 1996
Set in the 1940's, James Earl Jones as an an old clockmaker faces racism and is tried for murder when the racist is killed. However, Kevin Kilner comes forward and claims to have commmitted... See full summary »

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Marcus Cole

Writers:

Richard Paul Evans (novel), Richard Fielder (teleplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Naomi Watts ... Mary Chandler
Kevin Kilner ... David Parkin
James Earl Jones ... Lawrence
Ellen Burstyn ... Maud Gannon
Mercedes Kastner Mercedes Kastner ... Andrea Parkin (as Mercedes Villamil)
Richard Thomas ... Richard Evans
Tabler ... Barker (as Jonathan Tabler)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Lucy Bivins Mary Lucy Bivins
Hadley Eure Hadley Eure ... Barbara
Richard Fullerton ... Officer Brooks
Lily Gibson ... (as Lily Nicksay)
Michael Goodwin ... Father Mike
Jeremiah J. Gorman Jeremiah J. Gorman ... Juror
Patricia Gorman Patricia Gorman ... Courtroom Observer
Jon Huffman
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Set in the 1940's, James Earl Jones as an an old clockmaker faces racism and is tried for murder when the racist is killed. However, Kevin Kilner comes forward and claims to have commmitted the crime in self defense. All the while, Kilner's family life is in disarray with various crises including his daughter catching meningitis. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Relógio See more »

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| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A powerful story of love - romantic, filial and agape
27 December 2018 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

This 1996 TV film is based on a novel of the same title and year by Richard Paul Evans. It's supposed to be a prequel to his 1995 best-seller, "The Christmas Box," which also was made into a TV movie that year.

This is a powerful story of love between a man and woman, of love between friends, of brotherly love and respect between people, and the love that is forgiveness and compassion. The film has an excellent plot and cast. The screenplay and directing at times seem a little stilted, and at other times hesitant or uncertain. And, some of the acting seems a little wooden at times. Otherwise it's a very good story with good acting all around.

I wonder if the ending doesn't catch many by surprise.

There no doubt are some who would not agree with what happens with Mary and David Parkin at the end. And probably very few who would do what they did. Yet this is a powerful scene that strikes right at heart of what it means to love. It shows how real love overcomes the bitterness of anger and revenge. And, how such love then replaces sorrow with joy.

A very fine story, indeed. And a fitting film for any Christmas movie library.


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