Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1993. Island World, Gramercy Pictures, Rollercoaster Productions, Amblin Entertainment. Screenplay by Naomi Foner, based on the novel by Mary McGarry Morris. Cinematography by Robert Elswit. Produced by Naomi Foner. Music by Carter Burwell. Production Design by David Brisbin. Costume Design by Susie DeSanto. Film Editing by Angelo Corrao, Harvey Rosenstock.
A great deal of publicity preceded this film, mainly pushing Debra Winger for awards consideration; ultimately the film made little impact and she got all her nominations for Shadowlands that year instead. She’s effective as a mentally challenged woman who lives with her patient aunt (Barbara Hershey) and is known for always being completely honest. Her seemingly straightforward life is complicated by the appearance of a handyman (Gabriel Byrne) who is attracted to her simple nature. Of course, that doesn’t stop him for making straight for the aunt as well. The film plays like a lifeless television movie-of-the-week, and is one of the very worst of the year.
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Actress-Drama (Debra Winger)