Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1996. New Line Cinema, Fine Line Features, Cinetel Films. Screenplay by Ed Jones, based on the novella Farmer by Jim Harrison. Cinematography by Declan Quinn. Produced by Lisa M. Hansen, Paul Hertzberg. Music by Bruce Broughton. Production Design by Peter Paul Raubertas. Costume Design by Grania Preston. Film Editing by Bruce Cannon.
Dennis Hopper plays an aging bachelor and teacher who sees his life come to a halt when he gives in to the temptation of a love affair with a sweet girl (Amy Locane) many years his junior. The controversy this causes in his tiny little town forces him to realize that the woman he has loved his whole life (Amy Irving) has been right in front of him the whole time. Irving is especially wonderful, a particular treat considering how rare it is that she is seen in a lead, but Hopper also holds his own with his subtle and delicate performance. Directed by Brazilian director Bruno Barreto (Irving’s then-husband), this film’s screenplay was based on a short story by Legends Of The Fall author Jim Harrison.