Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (Cable in the 90’s, 24 Feb 2002 and 7 Feb 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A married returning WWII veteran working as salesman in California comes across a young girl and decides to help her out by keeping her honor upon returning home to her parents.
My Take on it – This is a film that I have always enjoyed ever since I first saw it over twenty years ago.
Keanu Reeves is amazing in the lead and proves how much range he has as an actor with this role.
The story itself is told in a way that it seems somewhat like a fairy tale yet still works in the setting presented as a nostalgic love story.
The cinematography is superb and it is such a visual feats watching most of the way that this areas is shown to us because it makes it all so welcoming and angelic looking.
The supporting cast is great and the characters are all quite eclectic even if they seem like stereotypes.
This helps make the story feel so genuine and realistic the entire time.
Anthony Quinn and Giancarlo Giannini and both superb here in their respective roles.
Loved the message about family and the connection to the land and vines which makes the whole story even more effective in making the viewer find some kind of connection to the story and characters.
Bottom Line – Reeves is amazing here and really shows his acting range. The story itself feels like a fairy tale and also works as a nostalgic love story. The cinematography is superb and they make the area seem so inviting as a visual feast to us all. The supporting cast is also great and helps keep things feeling so genuine and realistic. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Keanu Reeves was injured during a friendly game of hockey with his friends during spare time. His lip was split, requiring six stitches. In his next scheduled scene, a love scene with Debra Messing, he was quoted as saying to her: “please don’t hurt me.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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