Lurene Hallett is a housewife living in Dallas. She goes to Love Field on November 22, 1963 because this is the airport where President and Mrs. Kennedy arrive. They will be to driving through Dallas in an open convertible. Lurene has been living vicariously through Mrs. Kennedy and this has helped her to recover from the loss of her daughter. Ray is her husband and he doesn’t understand any of this and he’s not going to the airport. After the death of President Kennedy, Lurene leaves a note for Ray and she takes a Greyhound bus to attend the funeral in Washington DC. She meets Paul Cater and his five-year-old daughter Jonell. In the beginning, she is friendly to Paul and Jonell. She finds out later that Paul has taken his daughter from an orphanage. She was not being treated well and he wants to have custody of her. Jonell was in the orphanage because her mother passed away. Lurene’s dull housewife days are left behind on this bus trip.
Lurene deals with her own reality by changing her viewpoint to that of John and Jackie Kennedy. She doesn’t realize how much her bus trip is going to make her life different. She just wants to be there for this historic event and emotionally support Jackie from a distance. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
102 min, Drama directed by Jonathan Kaplan with Michelle Pfeiffer, Dennis Haysbert, Stehpanie McFadden, Brian Kerwin, Lousie Latham, Peggy Rea, Beth Grant, Johnny Ray McGhee, Cooper Huckabee, Troy Evans.
Note: Imdb 6.7 out of 10, 36% critic 56% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.6* out of 5* with 26 reviews.
Special Note: This movie was filmed in Wilson and Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Richmond, Virginia and California. This is the first film released by Michelle Pfeiffer’s production company, Via Rosa.