CURTAIN CALL follows Emmett Tanner’s plummet from the top of the country music charts to the bowels of state prison after a series of unfortunate events at a concert after-party leave one person dead and Tanner facing a murder charge. Filmed and set entirely in South Carolina, the film follows Tanner’s journey from the backwoods to center stage, before heading off to the courthouse and penitentiary, where the darkest chapters of Tanner’s life play out. The feature-length drama stars Merritt Vann (Lt. Joe Kenda: Homicide Hunter, Banshee, Revolution, Sleepy Hollow) as Emmett Tanner. Jennifer Wyatt (Snapped: Killer Couples, Devious Maids), Pat Yeary (A Mother’s Plea, Army Wives, The Signal), and Reno Gooch (ABC’s of Death 2.5, Banshee) also star. Nashville recording artists The Blue Pickups provided original songs and much of the score. Band members Kelly Wyatt, Mike Danielsen, Donny Rogers and Jimmy Rogers also lend their acting talents as Emmett’s on-screen band-mates, with Wyatt, as attorney Steve Bridges, also leading Tanner’s legal defense team. CURTAIN CALL grew out of a conversation between Executive Producer Merritt Vann and co-star Reno Gooch on the set of the Showtime hit “Banshee.” After completing an initial screenplay for a short film, Vann began working with writer/director Daljit Kalsi on plans for a feature film in late 2014, after collaborating with Kalsi on two previous films (Lord’s Work and SINtenced). Thanks to partnerships with South Carolina Law Enforcement Agencies, Kalsi and co-producers Vann and Kelly Wyatt, took the cast and crew behind bars in working and former jail sites for much of the production, adding to the film’s authenticity and realism.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.5 Ounces
- Item model number : 43235-86858
- Director : Daljit Kalsi Jr.
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 27 minutes
- Release date : October 18, 2017
- Actors : Merritt Vann
- ASIN : B076J6S8XX
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #281,883 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This 93 minute, made in 1997 film, to me, is, at best, merely mediocre with no "stand out" acting; however, I derived a great deal of pleasure whenever Maggie Smith and Michael Caine were on screen playing ghosts from the 1920s that have been married for a long time and feud a lot but love each other a lot. Their duels make one laugh out loud with Maggie delivering, in her wonderful way, some very funny lines.
In light of the above, if you want to spend 93 minutes of your time watching a non-challenging movie that is free of any gratuitous violence, sex or nudity and, most of all, has two veterans (Maggie and Michael) that illuminate the screen whenever they appear, buy this film,
The storyline reminds me of the old Topper tv series. This is light comedy, almost as light as a sponge cake from the Great British Baking Show.
This is a very entertaining, light-hearted movie which wears well over more than one viewing. The only part of the plot that ever-so-slightly annoys (at least, it does me) is that the girlfriend, played by Polly Walker, never gives Spader's character a chance to explain; she always interrupts him, then runs away. But of course, that in itself provides some of the "conflict" in what would otherwise be a mere piece of fluff.
This DVD is worth purchasing for Caine and Smith alone, and also for those of us who love old-fashioned fun.
The main character, a young fellow buying a house with the other two as resident ghosts is such a disappointing character. One wonders how he can run a publishing house when he can't manage to ever get meaningful words out of his mouth when dealing with his personal life, especially when dealing with his girlfriend.
Another film that used this theme (and did a better job of it) springs to mind: THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR.
Even fanciful films such as MR. PEABODY AND THE MERMAID---unfortunately not available on DVD---worked a similar theme better. CURTAIN CALL is not a keeper in our DVD collection.
I was a huge fan of the old Topper TV show. Leo Carroll was just right for the role and I preferred the casual insouciance of Robert Sterling over the suave but aggressive Cary Grant from the movie version.
Curtain Call replays the notion of married ghosts haunting a nervous socially inept man.
Michael Caine and Maggie Smith carry the movie. Between them is a natural, effortless professional set of skilled performances. Timing, delivery even the carriage of their bodies lend to the enjoyment of this movie. A short silent sequence has the lecherous Caine as Max Marlow attempting to leer at the living couple; James Spader (Stevenson Lowe) and Polly Walker (Julia) share an amorous moment. Evan as Max maneuvers for the best view, Dame Maggie Smith (Lily Marlow) urges him away with a gentle imperious manner , she in turn lingers to get her voyeuristic moment then reluctantly leaves the living to live. Start to finish, a lovely performance.
Plot wise the story asks if the nervous but art inspired Spader character can come to realize his love for his girlfriend while making the adult decision about his just taken over, previously family owned publishing House. No need for spoilers except that the plot hardly matters. James Spader looks very young, and handles his role as the point man well enough. His job is to observe and then make the big speech.
There is some real power in the supporting roles of Sam Shepphard (competing love interest for Julie- she has no second name ) and some wonderfully slick moments by Buck Henry, the oozing corporate master mind who now makes the decisions for the publishing house.
This is light entertainment. There is some rough language but overall it is family friendly. The plot is close to surprise free and the humor is rarely above the broad smile level. I am rating this at 4 stars but will not quibble with those who would rather see 3 ½.