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Foxfire (1987)

Jessica Tandy , Hume Cronyn , Jud Taylor  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, John Denver, Gary Grubbs, Harriet Hall
  • Directors: Jud Taylor
  • Writers: Hume Cronyn, Susan Cooper
  • Producers: Anne Hopkins, Dorothea G. Petrie, Marian Rees, Michael Friedman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Hallmark
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G8H0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,630 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Foxfire" on IMDb

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Annie Nations has spent her whole life in the Blue Ridge mountains, most of it with her husband, Hector. He's gone five years now, buried back in the orchard, but he's never far away…slipping into her thoughts, watching her do chores…still thinking he knows best even now when her country singer son (John Denver) is pressuring her to sell the farm. But in the autumn of her life, Annie Nations will decide for herself whether to hold on to what she's always known or follow her heart to the other side of the mountain. Jessica Tandy radiates dignity in her Emmy® Award-winning performance as the proud mountain woman caught between the traditions of the past and the pressures of modern life. And Hume Cronyn is superb as her cherished mate who haunts her memories as clearly as the sweet mountain melodies that flow through the seasons of their lives.

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A time for living, and a time for leaving. June 24, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This video should appeal to every person that has a place, in their past, that remains in memory only. I originally bought the video because I am one of John Denver's biggest fans, but after watching it the first time I was captured by the interaction of its three main charactors. The devotion and love of Jessica and Hume brought a level of comfort and familiarity to the pairing of "Annie" and "Hector". John wears his character of "Dillard" as comfortably as he wears the jeans and flannel shirts; as easily as he walks the mountain paths. The old homeplace provides a sharp reminder to all that happiness and success can be found in the most humble of places. For many elders, the need to maintain long nourished roots overshadows the desire for comfort and an easier way of life. The need to remain amoung familiar and cherished routines, and the fear of dying amoung strangers, is woven throughout the film. The team of Tandy, Cronyn, and Denver present a heartwarming story of life as it was, and life as it is becoming for the people of areas where the land is a harsh master.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Fox Fire" April 2, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
You couldn't throw these three actors together and get anything but an excellent family movie. The storyline is very good & touching, especially if you have old folks in your life. It is also a very scenic movie. Good movie for your collection if you like the Hallmark collections.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly fashioned. October 30, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
As in his music, John Denver gives nothing short of a deep and profound performance. He brings great truth and vibrancy to his role, playing a country-born man who struggles between career and family and the conflicting responsibilities of the two. His dynamic with Jessica Tandy and Jud Taylor is superb; one wonders why Denver was not cast in more films. "Thank God" he was cast in this one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful film May 23, 2007
I was lucky enough to see this on stage when Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy toured with it in the mid 80s (Keith Carradine had the John Denver role in that version). Then I was thrilled that they turned it into a film so it would "live" forever. It's a superb script and basically a three-person cast, who pull it off with such dignity and aplomb. Its themes are universal and the story unfolds beautifully. Rent it, buy anything. Just watch it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Outstanding Hallmark movie January 17, 2006
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Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, and John Denver are great in this wonderful story of a elderly woman who loves where she is living. Even though a harsher environment than the city, she would rather die with what she is familiar than in strange new place. John Denver turns in a great performance as their son. If you enjoy Hallmark movies you will love this one. Most Hallmark movies are pretty good, but Tandy and Cronyn made this and "To Dance with the White Dog", and they are excellent. Many people bought the VHS, or enjoyed them on TV. Now you can get it on DVD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foxfire an excellent movie January 30, 2009
By Susan
Before I watched this movie I had a certain bias as Jessica Tandy is one of my favorite actors ever... But I wasn't dissappointed. This is an excellent Hallmark movie. The plot is Jessica Tandy plays a woman who has lived in a rural area in the mountains in the south all her life. Her son played by John Denver is urging her to sell and live with him to have an easier and safer life- she is 79. Annie Nations (Tandy) still talks to her husband Hector played by real life husband Hume Cronyn everday and seems content. But things start to happen. A developer is pushing Annie to sell her land, her son's (Denver) is having family issues, and she wants to be with her grandchildren. Casting John Denver in this was a good choice. His music really adds to the movie and the beauty of the mountains is something special. Foxfire shows the choices that at some point we have to make in life- saying goodbye to what is familiar and loved to live somewhere else, and knowing when to let go and start another part of your life. Jessica Tandy is so dignified and real as Annie Nations. She won a well deserved Emmy for this role. The family dynamics are very real and watching Foxfire is time well spent.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Duo May 18, 2009
The fabulous duo is Jessica Tandy whose husband passed away but is still around as a ghost. Her dead husband is played by her real-life husband, Hume Cronyn. Both actors have passed away but their work is alive in many movies, including Foxfire. The basic plot is simple. Their son, played by the late, great singer John Denver, wants to convince his mother her best move is to leave her mountain home and live with him in Florida. During the movie we see flashbacks showing problems between father and son, but also a deep love for family and the mountains. Wonderful scenerey, the widow's refusal to leave the only home she's known and her husband's ghost, old-time ethics, and the running dialoge between the woman and her husband's ghost. I gave it three stars because of a bit too much "aw-shawks" to suit me, and songs not likely to be sung in a real Denver concert, but definitely worth watching this Hallmark Hall of Fame movie just for the pairing of Tandy and Cronyn.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding film -- Tandy & Cronyn are magical October 1, 2010
I taped the original Hallmark Hall of Fame broadcast because I was (and still am) a John Denver fan. But what really makes this movie special are the incredible performances by Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, and the interaction between them. Though Denver can't compare to those seasoned pros, he does a decent job as well. This is a deeply moving, beautifully told story. I have watched it dozens of times, and cried every time. I wore out my home VHS tape and had to buy the video. Coincidentally, I now live in the mountains of Northeast Georgia, not far from the Foxfire museum and the place where the real Annie Nations lived. So now this story is even more meaningful to me. I cherish this film and highly recommend it to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All wonderful, except for John Denver,
Published 5 days ago by K. Stark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this is a great movie great acters and john dever is a great singer
Published 1 month ago by tammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful . . . .
Great Movie and music.
Published 2 months ago by LMGRAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by rickey
4.0 out of 5 stars A different sort of love story
As in many movies adapted from stage plays, "Foxfire" is quiet and dialogue is important. The writing is fine, closely woven. The acting is splendid. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steve V
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great movie!
Published 5 months ago by Duane A Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabuous, endearing
Like everything this couple did together, this story is sweet, touching, and well acted. John Denver does a creditable job as their son. Highly recommended.
Published 6 months ago by kahokualohi
5.0 out of 5 stars foxfire
this movie makes you fall in love again-no matter the age. one to share with family and friends. hats off to all
Published 6 months ago by Housekeeper
5.0 out of 5 stars Foxfire DVD
I loved this movie and wanted to have my own copy. I have played it several times and have loaned it to friends.
Published 6 months ago by Sophie
5.0 out of 5 stars Foxfire
I love the Hallmark movies, and this one holds a very special place in my heart. Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronin are great, but i really love John Denver as the son. Read more
Published 7 months ago by adrienne Withers
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