on April 6, 2013
The cover picture is MUCH different, not at all like Sissy's head shot, as shown here. Apparently Sissy Spacek did not choose very well written movies to star in, but Ginger in the morning is not bad. Katherine plods along like a lovesick elephant, however. My main complaing is the abominable quality of the movies - they look much like simply copies of VHS tapes - wholly unsatisfactory.
DIRECT SOURCE issues unrestored full screen movies that have strong audio output. Some extras are included on their singles, doubles and double play discs. Transfers aren't perfect but are quite watchable and always reasonably priced. I own several of their videos and am a satisfied customer.
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 imdb viewer poll ratings.
(5.4) GINGER IN THE MORNING (1972) - Monte Markham, Susan Oliver, Mark Miller, Sissy Spacek, Slim Pickens, David Doyle, Fred Ward, Beatrice Kay
While driving to his New Mexican ranch home from the airport, a recently-divorced man gives a ride to a thumbing hippie girl half his age. They quickly hit it off and, rather than be lonely, decide to spend New Year's together. That's when his Korean War buddy shows up, high as a kite and depressed that his ex and kids totally excluded him this holiday season. Impressive performances from Markham, Spacek and screenwriter Miller, who also co-starred as Jim Nash in TV's PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES.
(6.7) KATHERINE (TV-1975) - Art Carney, Sissy Spacek, Henry Winkler, Julie Kavner, Jane Wyatt, Barbara Harris, Todd Bridges
Based on a true story, Kate is an estranged chld of wealth whose activism for the economically-oppressed brings her eventually into the Weathermen movement. She's killed trying to plant a timebomb in a public place when the device detonates prematurely. Every so often, Katey, dressed in white and seated on a tall stool against a white background, comments on her own story, until the final scene of an empty stool.