Papa's Angels VHS
It's Christmas-The first since the death of their mother and Four siblings must somehow find a way to draw their father out of his crippling grief. Aided by their wise Grammy devise a plan to help Papa, and themselves through a troubled time. Starring Cynthia Nixon, and Scott Bakula.
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Scott Bakula and Cynthia Nixon give moving performances as Grins and Sharon Jenkins, a depression-era family living in deep Appalachia with their 4 children. Nixon expecially is ethereal as the dying wife and mother. She makes you really believe in her character.
Veteran-actor Eva Marie Saint does a tremendous job with her supporting portrayal of the mother of Grins. Her "granny" is tough, resilient and gruffly tender. She also has the "sight"- which plays a role in the movie.
The children were all well-cast, especially the mute daughter, and the oldest son, who tries hard to be the man of the family when he feels his father is letting go of his responsibilities to the family.
This story had me alternately weeping and smiling, although it was in no way saccharine sweet or maudlin.
The only thing I felt kept it from being more of a "family" movie was the degree of mild profanity sprinkled throughout. It was totally unnecessary and a disappointment in what was otherwise a wonderful holiday movie.
It's also a beautifully filmed movie, with the log cabin and surrounding mountain vistas giving warmth and character to the storyline as much as the actors themselves. The music was very appropriate for the time period and location, and I enjoyed hearing the old folksongs.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys movies of love, suffering and courage. It's on my wish-list already!
Carol Y. Kauscher
2668 River Road
Cincinnati, OH 45204-1326