As Summers Die (1986)

“This is really good news Daniel. Your mama is sitting on a piece of gold.” – Willie Croft

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A lawyer in Louisiana tries to help a former housekeeper keep the land that was promised to her by her now deceased employer.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was quite interested in seeing based on the cast list.

Scott Glenn, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce McGill, John Randolph, Bette Davis and Ron O’Neal are all great actors, but the accents that they all try to use here make things far too laughable due to the way that it all seems to be filled with embellishment.

This takes away from things too much because the story loses much of its credibility and plausibility by these over reaching performances.

The overall premise is quite intriguing but things probably work much better in the novel this is based on than on screen as presented here.

The story is paced at a super slow speed and that also hurts things because despite a short run time, things sometimes feel as if they are going on forever.

The film’s court room scenes are the best part of this film and they manage to keep things suspenseful despite not dealing with a crime, per se.

Davis plays a pivotal role in those scenes and helps make the story a bit more interesting.

Bottom Line – Intriguing idea that doesn’t work very well because of the extremely slow pace of things. The film has a great cast, yet the accents that they all try to embellish make things more laughable than it should probably be. The courtroom scenes are good and they help make this film worth watching especially for the scenes featuring Bette Davis which are the most pivotal ones of the film.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Scott Glenn and Bruce McGill appeared in Courage Under Fire (1996) and W. (2008). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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