I think the title says it all as far as plot summary goes. With my birthday buddy Anne Bancroft in it, how can it not be good? Her part was sort of eh, though. It was not the most interesting part of the movie. Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland, stars of the flashback segments, were absolutely fantastic, though. And it was a great movie for a vintage clothes fiend like myself. The styles, like the story, spanned many decades, and I thought they did a very good job on all of them. Once again it's confirmed: the 40s clothes are the ones I love the most. I am sure I was either a very well-dressed lady or a man with an appreciative eye for stylin' babes in a previous 40s life.
As I am Hollywood's pawn, for me this film was a bit of a tear-jerker, but it was fairly mild on the pathos scale for those of you with stouter constitutions. I definitely recommend this movie. Kind of strange-- I could only get it on video, not DVD, from the library. I think I got this movie out because I thought it was going to be a film adaptation of Widow of the South, which was an excellent book. I got the two titles jumbled in my head. And hey, look, there's a video trailer for the book. I never saw one of those before. And what do you know, that made me cry. I am a sap, what can I say. I really need to monitor myself more closely and not watch things about war or death.