Closing the Ring
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The story begins with a memorial for WW II vet, Chuck Norris in a small town in the US. His daughter Marie [Neve Campbell] is grief-stricken but her mother, Chuck's widow Ethel [Shirley Maclaine] seems unmoved and casually smokes outside the funeral hall. She is joined by Chuck's good friend Jack [Christopher Plummer] and we are taken back via flashback to the 1940s when Ethel[Mischa Barton] was a young girl in love with Teddy [Stephen Amell] and whose close friends are Jack [Gregory Smith] and Chuck [David Alpay]. All three men are in love with Ethel, but it's Teddy who wins Ethel's heart. When WW II begins, the boys go off to war, but not before a secret marriage between Ethel and Teddy. When Teddy gets killed in action whilst flying over Belfast,Ireland Ethel is grief-stricken and comforted by Jack and Chuck.
Back in the present, Ethel finds herself reminiscing about the past to herself, but is surly and silent with her daughter Marie who is bewildered by her mother's lack of grieving over Chuck's death. It is only when a young Irish lad Jimmy [Martin McCann] finds the gold wedding ring belonging to Teddy on Black Mountain in Belfast and contacts Ethel, that the past starts to unravel and Ethel finds herself having to confront some hard truths, including some surprising revelations.
The story itself flows well and the plot is cohesive.Read more ›
Life's hard enough without falling in love is almost a quote from the movie. Of coarse if not for a war things wouldn't likely turn out that way so you might say war sucks is the obvious message you'll get out of it.
To be honest, I've been watching a lot of the OC on soapnet recently & bought this used for the topless scenes of Mischa Barton. If that's what you're looking for you will get a nice direct but short butt & 2 breast (one frontal & one side) shots.
I did enjoy the movie despite the sad events but I'd suggest a rental not a purchase. I can't see much appeal in watching it more than once. Used you can buy it for little more than a rental price if you think you will want to own it ... say if you're a Mischa Barton fan & want to check her out now & then but I'd rather just watch the OC myself.
a well-done romantic drama.
....First it is not a sweet love story. It is a story of people making promises to people they love or admire. Then there is the final promise I won't mention. You find every single prominent character either gives a promise or agrees to a promise and this story is the result of those promises.
.... It covers a period of time from WWII in both the midwest US and Ireland. You may be surprised by the Irish portion. Watch carefully.
....Then there are the switches between the 1940s and the 1990s. It goes back and forth, it gives you a scene in 1940, then switches to the present where the result of what happened in the 1940s is shown to you in present time of the movie. Or you see an action in the present time and next thing you know you are watching what caused this scene.
....I loved this time switching to introduce you to a problem or a solution the characters came up with to deal with the promises made and often resulted in.... well you have to watch the film for this part. I know better than to spoil it. Lets just say it enhances the story telling.
....Please be able to really watch the movie, notice the promises and then see the results of keeping and in some cases not keeping the promises. I promise you won't regret it. The screenwriter writes this multi layered movie with such an ability to show you humanity trying to cope.
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I really enjoyed the movie. It was a very moving sorry and the acting was exceptional.Published 6 months ago by christine kelly
This is a well done movie with a good cast. Story is interesting and Shirley MacLaine is fine. Movie also has Christopher Plummer, Brenda Fricker and Pete Postelwaite along with... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Francis J. Lumia