Angie (1994)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

USA, 1994.  , , , , .  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Based on Avra Wing’s touching novel Angie, I Says, about an Italian-American girl (Geena Davis, in a role originally written for Madonna) who has grown up in Brooklyn with her father and stepmother after her mother ran away when she was a little girl.  Angie is now in a relationship with a nice enough guy () who doesn’t fulfill her idea of herself or her life. When she discovers that she is pregnant and talk turns to marriage, she decides to break up with him and have the baby on her own, despite the difficulties that this causes. Intelligent and probing, this is yet another case of how good a director Martha Coolidge really is, and she has assembled a marvelous cast to do her proud. Screenwriter (and sometimes actor) Todd Graff has also done a fantastic job of taking Wing’s internal monologue of a novel and fleshing it out to cinematic proportions without cutting out its intimacy.

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