Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1992. Orion Pictures, Sanford/Pillsbury Productions, Via Rosa Productions. Screenplay by Don Roos. Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode. Produced by Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Production Design by Mark S. Freeborn. Costume Design by Peter Mitchell. Film Editing by Jane Kurson. Academy Awards 1992. Golden Globe Awards 1992.
Sweet, heartfelt road movie that showcases Michelle Pfeiffer at her best and the screenwriting debut of writer Don Roos. Pfeiffer plays a Jackie Kennedy-obsessed Dallas housewife whose life seems to finally have a meaning when in November 1963, America’s royal couple announce a visit to her fair city. After missing her chance to shake her hero’s hand at Love Field airport, she comes home to find out that the President has been assassinated and the country is in chaos. She decides against the wishes of her boring husband (Brian Kerwin) to hop on a bus and head for the funeral in Washington and teaming up, after a series of mishaps, with Dennis Haysbert while on the road, she learns a few more of the realities of her country that she hadn’t known before. The story is nothing new, but personal discovery movies on the road are always fun, and this one has enough freshness to make it work. Pfeiffer and Haysbert are fantastic, and Jonathan Kaplan directs with a pefectly appropriate light touch. This and Blue Sky were two of the movies whose releases were delayed by Orion Pictures shutting down and
going out of business.