Ginger in the Morning
Ginger in the Morning: He's a handsome traveling salesman - lonely, conservative, and hopelessly romantic in an old-fashioned way. She's a pretty teenage hitchhiker - fresh, gangly, and free-spirited. Opposites attract and love blossoms in this sweet romantic comedy starring Monte Markham as Joe and Sissy Spacek as Ginger. The supporting cast includes Mark Miller, Susan Oliver, and Slim Pickens. Directed by Gordon Wiles.
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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