The story is familiar -- old man (Richard Jenkins) finds his racist past dredged up after years have passed, ending with a guilty verdict at last. (If it sounds familiar, James Woods played virtually the same guy in Ghosts of Mississippi , about the assassination of Medgar Evers.) Will he do the honorable thing and face his violent, racist past? Well, the flashbacks alone are enough to make you wish he would get on with the healing already.
The film is built very seriously and morosely and its messages are buried under the weight of a series of iffy side stories and subplots. The old coot's guilt is obvious (you know, why else would there be a movie?), but I guess we're supposed to wonder about the truth. Unfortunately, the supporting actors (aside from the three leads) are all rough as well, making it difficult to feel much sympathy... for any of the characters.
Run time: 44 mins
In Theaters: Saturday 17th March 1990
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
IMDB: 8.2 / 10
Director: Robert Dornhelm
Producer: Frank Siracusa
Screenwriter: John Pielmeier
Starring: Joe Lauria as Young Ethan Fernier, Pete Barker as Old Ethan Fernier, Sandy Oppedisano as Megan Woodrow, Isabelle Stephen as Isabelle, Richard Redmond as Peter Jacobs, Sal Sirchia as Sal, Mark Yonick as Nathan Graves, Herb Smithline as Dr. Fisher