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Courtship (1987)

William Converse-Roberts , Horton Foote Jr. , Howard Cummings  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Converse-Roberts, Horton Foote Jr., Daisy Foote, Hallie Foote, Michael Higgins
  • Directors: Howard Cummings
  • Writers: Horton Foote
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002A2VWI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,712 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Courtship" on IMDb

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Elizabeth has fallen in love with a young man her father condemns as a "wild boy." No matter how strict and protective, her parents cannot deter their daughter's growing independence. This carefully nuanced portrait of a family in conflict displays a master's feel for the people, the period and a passion that ignites rebellion.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful . . . June 25, 2008
In the events of one summer evening, a young woman comes to a decision that will change her life. During the course of this wonderful play by Horton Foote, we get a glimpse of a solid middle class family in a small Texas town. The year is 1915 and Victorian mores rule as a patriarchal father attempts to rein in the emotional yearnings of his daughter, who has fallen in love with a young man he does not approve of. Ever polite and respectful, her face a mask of composure, she reveals in long conversations with her sister and the young man courting her the inclinations of her heart and the uncertainty she experiences in judging whether the heart should guide one's most important choices and actions. Meanwhile, dance music floats in on the evening air, belying the turmoil of small-town melodrama that swirls around them in gossip about others, past and present, for whom affairs of the heart have gone awry or fully wrong.

Foote's play has been brought lovingly and faithfully to the screen. The long dialogues and monologues are magical in how they reflect the inner conflicts, the emotional negotiations made and unmade, and especially the graceful awkwardness of the two young lovers as they gently reveal their affection for each other on the front porch of her house, very much aware of the displeased father who roams the rooms inside. Like Foote's other plays, this one is for lovers of the spoken word and the theatre. I certainly loved every minute of it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Horton Foote is a playwright and screenwriter of the gentlest, most powerful kind. His beginnings in small town Texas has informed most all of his writing ever since. He has written for broadway, live television and hollywood. He wrote the amazing screenplay for "To Kill A Mockingbird" based on Harper Lee's book. He wrote the films "Tender Mercies" and "Trip to Bountiful" (based on his play) He's won the Pultzer Prize for his play "Young Man From Atlanta" (1995). Many of his plays have ended up on video/dvd and "Courtship" is one of them. It was first shown on PBS.

There is a series of plays written by Mr. Foote called "The Orphan's Home Cycle". Nine terrific plays, gentle and rewarding individually...put them together and you have a gorgeous epic that spans decades. The plays follow a boy named Horace from childhood to adulthood.

The middle three plays of this cycle are: "Courtship", "Valentine's Day" and "1918" and are all on DVD and available on Amazon.

"Courtship" takes place in Texas of 1915 and tells the story of Horace as he courts Elizabeth. (Played beautifully by Horton's daughter). As we hear Elizabeth and her sister (played by the wonderfully quirky Amanda Plummer) talk of what's happening in the town around them and the old fashioned patriarchal presence of their parents overshadow the proceedings, it becomes difficult for Elizabeth to make a decision that will please her parents, her sister, Horace and herself. The delicate way the subjects of love, danger, security and family roam in and out of the dialouge is very moving. "Courtship" stands alone as an amazing timepiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Romance March 15, 2012
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Horton Foote knows how to tell a story. The time is 1915, when the Vaughn family spends one day trying to maintain a way of life that is fast coming to an end. Daughters Elizabeth and Laura struggle as they long for independence while they are under the thumb of a dominating father.

The girls have practiced a deception that is, of course, found out and they suffer but Elizabeth becomes determined to follow her heart.

The cast is really spot on with three of Foote's children taking roles. Daughter Hallie as Elizabeth, Horton Foote, jr as Steve and another daughter in a very minor role. Amanda Plummer is Laura. The parents and two aunts round out a cast that make you think you are back in an era where young ladies were totally ignorant of the facts of life and the older generation frets as they see that their children are growing up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Aspect ratio is wrong February 15, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Might be an OK movie, but it is too annoying that the aspect ratio is so wrong, making everyone much thinner - the movie has been "squished" together. It loses a lot by this unfortunate delivery; Amazon, you can do better than this. This is YouTube quality video, not Amazon Prime quality. Thus, only two stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent drama! August 25, 2013
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Great writing and acting results in a very pleasurable experience. Loved watching this sweet, brave story from start to finish. I highly recommend this for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable family story November 30, 2009
By C. Cook
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I became interested in purchasing this because I discovered that it was a prequel to a Horton Foote story that I owned on VHS, "1918". This story is about the same family, but set a few years earlier. I also purchased "On Valentine's Day" which is a story that falls between this one and "1918".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre December 2, 2013
By Lynne D
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I found this film slow moving. Probably an accurate portrayal of the norms of that early 20th century time with women being "kept in the home". It reminded me a little bit of the play "Our Town" but not as interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Trilogy by Horton Foote.
This is a trilogy consisting of, Courtship, Valentine Day, and 1918. Just finished all three, and they were excellent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terry
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull
Watched the first 20 minutes or so but couldn't get into it. Wanted to like it and follow through with the entire series, but have taken them all off my Prime watchlist. Too bad.
Published 1 month ago by Linda L.
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow with even a slower ending
I was very disappointed with the ending of this movie. But it was a good, clean movie. It's not a movie I would watch again.
Published 2 months ago by LoLo
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie; clean, romantic
This is a drama so it is slow moving but I like that. It is a period romance, one of three movies. It is clean, a movie that all ages can watch. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. T.
4.0 out of 5 stars When the Presbyterians were wild and crazy--
Because they dared to dance, unlike the Baptists and the Methodists. This is such a quaint story, apparently one in a series by the brilliant screenwriter Horton Foote, about a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by lonebeaut
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
The characters were good and so was the acting, but the movie was too long and too boring and the movie really does not end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Donna R. Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Courtship
What is it with you people who think you have to do a book report of the damn movie.
This is a place to write a review about how well you did, or did not like the movie,.. Read more
Published 5 months ago by RDI 2013
2.0 out of 5 stars Sleepy in the South
You might call this one tedious. It's about matrimonial prospects of young women in the pre-World One American South where class and parental aspirations controlled who young... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Abigail1851
2.0 out of 5 stars Courtship Failure
Nothing about this video appealed to me. It moved far too slowly to keep my interest. The characters all seemed to be so stereotypical Southern folks. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carissa
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time.
This was really boring. I kept waiting for something to happen and it never did. The main character had as much enthusiasm as a slug!
Published 10 months ago by flintster
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