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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 1999
This is a really sweet little movie set in a lovely scenery. Sissy Spacek is great (as always) as hitchhiker Ginger and I have to admit that I probably wouldn't have liked this movie so much if it hadn't had her in it. Anyway, it's a cute little love story, and it also has some very beautiful songs in it (written by Sissy Spacek!). Easy watching!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 2, 2005
Joe Maroney (Monte Markham), divorced for three months, is driving in New Mexico from Albuquerque to his home in Santa Fe when he picks up a hitchhiking free spirit, Ginger Brown, played by Sissy Spacek, and the two subsequently become romantically absorbed with each other as New Year's Eve nears, whereupon Joe's former Army comrade Charley (Mark Miller) and, coincidentally, Charley's former wife Sugar (Susan Oliver) join them with many complications as the product. Hoydenish Spacek is appealing and brings life to scriptor/producer Miller's lines, but bland Markham's metabolic rate seems to be constant throughout and Oliver, a talented actress, is given loathsome dialogue and exaggerates it, without doubt to her satisfaction, while the direction is listless and the screenplay lacks imagination, with only Spacek's reactions, although not always precisely matching her circumstances, shining through this frippery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
REEL ENTERPRISES is a Georgia-based purveyor of public domain movies, both classic era and modern. Their DVDs offer no commentary, deleted scenes or other bonus features. Dubs are "best available source" and can vary from very good to only fair.

GINGER IN THE MORNING is the story of three lonely people who spend New Year's together.

Joe (Markham) has been divorced three months. Thanksgiving and Christmas were very rough for him. While driving from the airport to his ranch home in New Mexico, Joe picks up a young hitchhiker, a guitar-packing hippie named Ginger (Spacek).

Despite the difference in their ages, the two hit it off. Joe brings Ginger to his place. She confesses that it's nice having someone to wake up next to and offers to spend the next couple of days WITH Joe ("because I really dig you").

While Ginger's buying groceries, Joe's Korean War buddy Charlie (Miller, this film's writer) arrives unexpectedly in a cab. Full of booze and false cheer, Charlie wants to see the old year out with his good pal.

Joe tries to politely ask him to leave before Ginger gets back. She hears them discussing her as "a sure thing" and is hurt. Charlie talks her out of leaving and she goes to Joe's bedroom ALONE. Angry at his buddy when he should be with himself, Joe fumes on the couch. Charlie urges him to go to Ginger, that she's waiting for him. The two fight and crash into a very dead Christmas tree.

Their rowdydow brings Ginger downstairs, wearing only a blanket. Charlie confesses that he didn't mean to mess things up. He too had a bad Christmas. His kids and ex totally forgot him and he just doesn't want to spend New Year's alone. Charlie sobs bitterly after this confession strips away his jolly façade.

This is the exact halfway point of a fine heart-tugging 90 minute story.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 imdb viewer poll rating.

(5.4) Ginger in the Morning (1972) - Monte Markham/Susan Oliver/Mark Miller/Sissy Spacek/Slim Pickens/David Doyle/Fred Ward/Beatrice Kay
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on September 22, 2015
Good activating such as when Charlie pours hot sauce on Joe's eggs and Joe eats opening his mouth and drinking water as Charlie tells touching story about his dad. This was my favorite scene. Joe is touching in how he is so obliging to everyone and then learns to take risks at the end. Good singing by Sissy Spacek and she is appealing and right for her role. Some of the stereotyping done for comedy was overdone Dukes of Hazzad style or really terrible characterizations, racial and western. Slim Picken's voice side tracked me to older westerns. Sissy Spacek had me thinking this was before Coal Miner's daughter. I liked Charlie and ex wife Paula relationship except abrupt end was like what happened to the strong lady with the mysterious lover who was standing her ground after years of Charlie's infidelity? Right there with taxi driver, Mariachi band, and gun crazy deputy. There was some bad edit cuts. Maybe this was made for tv. For the good acting of main characters and the reminisce of picking up hippies vs. divorced Korean war vets, I liked this movie. I want to give this 3.5 stars.
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on October 19, 2013
This lighthearted film is a great vehicle for Sissy Spacek and brings out her good qualities as an actress ~ I really like Monte Markham who was perfect in the TV series Second Hundred Years ~ If you like to go back in time to the carefree innocent 1970's and live in the moment ~ you will enjoy this romantic comedy ~ I did. Love wins in the end.
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on August 27, 2014
This movie might only interest people who remember to Monte Markham is. I loved seeing them (and of Course Sissy Spacek), but it's really dated. Still glad I watched it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2004
I am a great fan of Sissy Spacek but I found this movie to be a disappointment. The idea behind the movie is nothing new but with Sissy, I thought it would be special. Markham is terrible, so unconvincing, the dialogue is bland and the introduction of Markham's friend is nothing more than a diversion from what should have been more development of the relationship between Sissy and Markham, I guess the writers didn't know how to handle that. Sissy is, as always, a delight to watch and with better support from a co-star and better dialogue, her performance would have been much better. She had to have known she was trying to carry a lame story all by herself. The ending was pure Hollywood sappiness. Why in the world would anyone think the 2 of them would make it as a couple?
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on February 26, 2014
this movie is a drive in movie it was so good and Amazon has so many more like this . Sissy Spacek is such a good actress .
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on July 15, 2014
Love the movie script and actors, but the resolution of the DVD sucks.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2000
A dull movie with little meaning and point. I am sort of disappointed in Sissy for this role. She is usually seen with her acting top-notch and performances at their peak. But, in this low-entertainment feature she seems listless and sort of, well, bored with her part.
Spacek stars in GINGER IN THE MORNING as part of a very slim cast. A hitchhiker (Spacek) is picked up by a buisinessman (Monte Markham) and they fall for each other. In fact, Spacek falls for his drunken friend at one point.
This movie lacks energy, pace, and an interesting plot. I would recommend this film only to those who are absolutely obsessed with Sissy Spacek (or any other of the characters) or those who just want to kill time, or money.
On the brief pro side, the music is fairly listenable...for the most part...
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