Sixty-five years after making his screen debut as a young stoker in co-directors Noël Coward and David Lean's World War II drama In Which We Serve, Richard Attenborough perfects the balance between epic story and intimate tale with this drama starring Shirley MacLaine and Neve Campbell as a mother and daughter who find a relic from the past sparking an incendiary series of events. The year is 1991, and as a small American town mourns the passing of beloved World War II veteran Chuck Harris, his wife Ethel (MacLaine) numbs herself with alcohol to the point where she completely neglects her grieving daughter Marie (Campbell). Later, after Marie receives a telephone call from a boy in Northern Ireland who claims to have recently discovered a ring belonging to Ethel, a mystery nearly five decades in the making comes slowly into focus as the story drifts back into Chuck's wartime past and the days when he and Ethel first formed their powerful bond. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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This is an interesting and
sentimental story about love lost during WW II, and how the restoration of a ring to an elderly alcoholic woman opens a way for lives to be put right. Interesting treatise on forgivness, being truthful, dealing with loss and sacrifices made and delayed due to love. Well told, and well acted. Unnecessary language and two brief nude scenes but a story worth watching and reflecting upon.
I requested this DVD due to the quality and reputation of the cast and the director. I figured with that much talent, there must be value there. However, I was sadly disappointed in the final product. The Irish cast and locations were absolutely wonderful, as was Christopher Plummer. But the three young American male actors and Shirley MacLaine's performance, which dominated most of the film, were disappointing. The plot itself reminded me of all those shallow romance novels that are so widely read and over appreciated by so many.