The Only Thrill 1997 R CC

(118) IMDb 6/10

This movie follows the story of Reece, Carol and their children's relationship from the 1960's to the present day.

Starring:
Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard
Runtime:
1 hour, 50 minutes

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 30, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Peter Masterson directs another tender film in the manner of his 'The Trip To Bountiful'. Based on the play by Larry Ketron (who also wrote the screenplay) THE ONLY THRILL follows the lives of four people over a period of 30 years, a time frame that wisely incorporates all the changes that happened between the 1960s and into 1996. Not only is this a strong story about relationship possibilities, it is a chronicle of the changing mores from the decade of 'Love' to the decade of dissolution: social changes here documented make a lasting impression on those of us who have lived that time frame.

Reece McHenry (Sam Shepard) owns a Used Clothing store in Austin, Texas and employs Carol Fitzsimmons (Diane Keaton) as his seamstress. Reece's wife has been in a vegetative state for years and Reece has had brief encounters with other women who understand his sorrowful commitment to his physically unavailable wife. Slowly Reece and Carol find companionship and develop an affair that remains on one level: Reece is afraid to fall in love and Carol is afraid to ask for more from the relationship than she is getting. Reece's son Tom (Robert Patrick) is a loner, unwilling to be in a relationship with a single woman and Carol's daughter Katherine (Diane Lane) is a free spirit who longs to be an actress and needs to feel free to have her own life to herself. As Reece and Carol develop their mutual needs so do Tom and Katherine, and if ever there were examples of 'like father/mother, like son/daughter' they are here.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By W. R. Baker on March 8, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Reece (Sam Shepard) loves Carol (Diane Keaton), and Carol loves Reece, but Reece can't commit to Carol until it's too late. Also, Reece's son, Tom (Robert Patrick), loves Katherine (Diane Lane) and, eventually, Katherine loves Tom. But, Reece has to step in and make Tom go after Katherine so that Tom doesn't suffer the same fate as he (Reece) does. On the whole, this little film, which was shot mostly in Lockhart, Texas, and directed by Pete Masterson, ain't too bad. The actors do a good job, and the movie shows us viewers a little more about the joys, sorrows, and complications of life and love. It's an enjoyable film.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ciaramine on November 12, 2005
Format: DVD
The title, The Only Thrill, doesn't fit this film, which is about a decades-long bittersweet relationship between the characters played by Diane Keaton and Sam Shepherd. Just viewed this film again and realized why this was titled The Only Thrill. There is a scene with the lead actors when she whispers something to him that refers to the title. While it's obvious to the viewer that these two eccentrics are soul mates, it takes them most of the film to come to the same conclusion. A secondary plot involves her daughter, played by Diane Lane, and his son, whose own relationship begins to mirror that of their parents.

This slow moving, but satisfying film, with all the missed opportunities between the couple, can be frustrating to watch at times, but the performances of Diane Keaton and Sam Shepherd make it worth seeing more than once. They also made a great pair in the film Baby Boom.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Diane Keaton and Sam Sheppard play long time friends who deeply belong together. Everyone knows it including them, but the comfortable life of their friendship and their inconceivable ability to express their feelings for one another leaves them alone. Unfortunately in the end it is too late for them, but their life serves as a what not to do guide for their children.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Judith Johnson VINE VOICE on September 13, 2008
Format: DVD
This Hallmark type romance has an excellent cast, great scenery and set design but still fails to sweep the viewer up in my opinion. This is due to the script which violates Aristotle's first rule of good screen play, tell the story in the shortest time frame possible. Secondly, you have to make the audience engage with the characters in the first few minutes, after that you lose their sympathy (and interest).

This story concerns two romances affecting two generations over a 30-year period. The first romance depicted is between the protagonists portrayed by Diane Keaton and Sam Shepard. This relationship is tainted by Shepard's character's adultery as he is married to a woman who has an undisclosed condition that keeps her confined to a hospital bed (and presumably unable to have marital relations). So his character is a serial philander who first bonks his best friend's wife (Keaton) before she is widowed. Sadly, Keaton's inherent kookiness is not necessarily a good thing for her character.

As the story drags on, the main characters never display any character arc by making commitments to themselves or anyone else. To complicate matters, Shepard's teenage son falls for Keaton's daughter but, taking a cue from their parents, they never seem to get it together either. Some might see it as romantic but the story is not resolved very satisfactorily in my opinion although it is probably very close to what happens in real lives. Personally I watch movies to transcend real life.
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