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Violets are Blue

4.5 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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A chance reunion becomes a second chance in VIOLETS ARE BLUE, a touching, bittersweet love story starring Kevin Kline (The Big Chill) as Henry Squires and Sissy Spacek as Gussie Sawyer. Years ago, Henry and Gussie were high school sweethearts in the small seaside town of Ocean City, Maryland. With lofty dreams and youthful ambition, they parted to build separate lives. Fifteen years later, Gussie - an accomplished photojournalist and single woman - returns to her hometown to reassess her life. She meets Henry again, and hidden emotions are suddenly brought into play. The two must now come to grips with their strong feelings of love and affection that have endured throughout the years. Newly remastered.

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  • Actors: Kevin Kline, Sissy Spacek
  • Directors: Jack Fisk
  • Format: Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004B6AHPM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,852 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Violets are Blue" on IMDb

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Do you remember what it felt like to fall in love for the first time? Do you remember the pain when it ended, and years later seeing that person once again and the memories that came flowing back like water through a brook? You now have a good life filled with excitment and travel but you try to recapture that love. He has a wife - a family, but he,too, tries to recapture the past. The story, and particularly the ending, will touch your heart in a way you never thought possible. The theme song at the end of the video will also stay with you for years to come, so make sure the video plays until the very, very end.
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This is a true romance. If you've ever wondered "what if??" this is it. It will break your heart when the high school sweethearts reunite and are torn apart again by obligation and circumstance. This is a first rate tear jerker. You are catapulted back in time to that ill fated romance we've all had. The tingle in the pit of your stomach when you see him again for the first time, wondering "How much have I changed and will he still love me?" The burst of energy when you finally give in and kiss again....it's all there. The chemistry is great between the lead characters, it was well acted and worth watching again and again.
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This is one of those great love stories that many of us play in our heads throughout life - if I were to meet up again with that wonderful past love (who we didn't have a bad break-up with) that just slipped away while we chased a different dream - what would it be like? It certainly would revive those passions, and on a more mature level this time, we are certain of it. All the characters are well-cast and played out. One of my favorites for a rainy afternoon when I just want to start a daydream to float on.
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I just love this movie. The story line is so similar to my own life and first loves. I too lived in Maryland who had a boyfriend and every summer we would stay in Ocean City with our parents. We would walk the boardwalk and beach and rode the all the rides. We went to school together from 7th grade to 12th grade. He moved away, got married and had two children. I stayed in Maryland, got married and had two children. Both of us divorced and 15 years later met again, only this time we got married and had two children together. Sad ending he past way in 2007 but the memories live on. I would highly recommend this movie!
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Loved this movie! For those of us who grew up the on the east coast, this was like going home...going back in time...bringing back those long lost memories of youth, freedom, first love, the beach. Movie set was in "old" Ocean City, Maryland, and portrays a young woman returning home and finding her "long lost love" who now belongs to someone else. Upon seeing him, love is rekindled....and the question is...can we go back? Can we pick up where we left off? In the end...reality sets in...and with broken hearts, they once again go their separate ways. A must see for those who have ever loved and lost.
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This story takes place in Ocean City, Maryland and is about a young couple very much in love who separate to pursue career ambitions. Gussie Sawyer (Sissy Spacek) goes to exotic and violent locations around the world as a photo journalist. Her lover Henry Squires (Kevin Kline} takes over the local newspaper after his father passes. He also gets Ruth (Bedelia) pregnant marries and has a son. This is a gem of a movie analyzing a love that will not go down easy even though Henry and Gussie have a fifteen year stretch when they apparently don' t have any contact at all. Sissy Spacek has acting magic. I have never seen a movie with her in it that turned out badly. 'The River' and 'Carrie' are good examples. She seems to act from a level deep insider her simply becoming her character. Kevin is not far behind with the heart retching "Life as a House" and many others. Bonnie Bedelia and Jim Strandiford show some class acting also. I have to congratulate Naomi Foner and Jack Fisk for their work as writer and director. The barroom scene where the argument takes place is well set up and captures some vernacular about the ecology and the growing building business in the town. Don't miss this one!. it is from the human heart, right down to the last song by Laura Brannigan.
horses on Assateague and the catamaran races are a thrill to watch.
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That line is spoken by Sissy Spacek's father in this wondeful movie about the choices we make in life.

Sissy Spacek and Kevin Kline play hometown high school sweethearts who separate to lead different lives and then reunite unexpectedly 15 years later.

In a good twist on the age old Story- The man stays in the hometown while the woman goes off to see the world (Kline stays, gets his next girlfriend pregnant and runs the small town newspaper after his father's death- Spacek becomes a world travelling photographer after working as a flight attendent)

The two meet up 15 years later and have to come to terms with how they have chosen to lead their lives and if they really can (or want ) to change them to be together again.

The movie is excellent at conveying the complexities of mature love in contrast to youthful idealistic love- that is, how responsibility sometimes gets in the way of happiness.

The location (ocean city, maryland) is so integral to the mood that it is almost a character in the story. This movie shows it in a great light.

The supporting performances are also excellent,with both Spaceks's dad and Kline's wife (A great Bonnie Bedelia, who ironically is more exotic looking than Ms. Spacek) being shown in a realistic fashion. A lesser film may have made them one dimensional obstacles to the lead's love.

One minor problem - the subplot about ocean city politics felt contrived and only seemed to be in there to lenghthen the movie

A great adult romance!
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