In 1935, ninety-nine-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, ...
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Steven Lidz, unhappy with his home life since his mother got sick, goes and lives with his two crazy Uncles. There he changes and gets closer to his Uncles, but his parents want him home ... See full summary »
Andie MacDowell portrays a woman who is tormented by the ghost of her abusive, alcoholic husband. She must come to terms with the past if she is to find peace and love. Samuel le Bihan is a... See full summary »
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Luigi Maria Burruano
In 1935, ninety-nine-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie, and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is a violation of strict Virginia law.
The name Shadrach is Biblical, and comes from the Book of Daniel. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three men of God who were put into a fiery furnace, but who came out unscathed, because the Lord had protected them. They had been put in there by King Nebuchadnezzer of Babylon, when they refused to bow to an idol. (Daniel 3:1-29) See more »
The film is set in 1935. When Paul walks into the house past his father and up the stairs (at the beginning of the film), a smoke detector is visible on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs. See more »
[Paul has learned curse words from the Dabneys and is yelling them into the closet.]
Son of a bitch, whorehouse, Jesus Christ, pisspot, asshole!
Come on, Paul, it's time to go to church!
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Written by J.R. Baxter (uncredited) and John Starling (uncredited)
Performed by Preston Fulp
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Good ... but far from great
The acting in this film is first rate. Keitel and McDowell are both superb, as are most of the supporting performers. Unfortunately, the rest of the film doesn't quite live up to their talent. The plot is too small, too contrived, and the actions by Keitel are in contradiction to his characterization. Although it has its moments and is a gentle little film that can help you pass a couple of hours, it won't stick with you and it's not nearly as heart-warming or touching as the blurb on the box would lead you to believe! More likely, as it ends you'll shrug and say, "Oh well, that was okay."
Of course, I kept thinking about how typically American the film was. Only in this country would a coarse, poverty stricken, beer-guzzlin' mountain woman be played by the gorgeous Andie McDowell!
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