Rated: R for violence and sexual situations. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: November 4, 1993 Released by: Mirage
Arlis Sweeney (Dennis Quaid) carries the pain and anger inside from a murder which his father committed in the early 60s. Quaid is quite effective as a man whose life is controlled and formed by a violent act when he was a child.
The film moves very slowly as Sweeney crosses the West Texas plain delivering goods to his vending machines. He has places to sleep and places to eat and that security is enough for him. When Kay Davies (Meg Ryan) comes into his life, the anger which has been held inside for three decades prevents him fro sharing love with her. The evil of his father hangs over him like mist on the shore.
Suddenly Roy Sweeney (James Caan), the father, reappears to haunt him further. His philosophy is to leave no loose ends. When the father discovers Kay's childhood identity, Arlis Sweeney must make a decision to allow the anger in him to come out or face destruction of the young woman he now loves.
Despite moving at an arrested pace the performances are strong and powerful. This is for an audience with a great deal of patience.
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