Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1994. New Line Cinema. Screenplay by Jessie Nelson. Cinematography by Bruce Surtees. Produced by Paula Mazur, Jessie Nelson, Steve Tisch. Music by Rick Cox. Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall. Costume Design by John Hayles, Francine Jamison-Tanchuck. Film Editing by Lee Percy.
One of the most insightful views into strained race relations in Small Town America in the 1960s is in this powerful romantic drama. Whoopi Goldberg stars as a university-educated woman whose best prospects of employment are being the housekeeper and nanny for a widower (Ray Liotta) and his daughter (a delightful Tina Majorino). In getting to know his employee, Liotta finds himself intellectually and romantically drawn to Goldberg, and both of them find themselves willing to overcome boundaries to be together. Just one scene where Goldberg describes her ambitions to write liner notes for jazz albums is in itself a home-hitting capture of American racism (when he asks her why she doesn’t do it, she subtly states, ‘They only let us play the music.’) Excellent stuff.