This movie is based on a book written by Lavryle Spencer. The setting is a small country town in the early 1940’s during the depression. Will Parker has hit bottom and seems to have run out of options. He was in prison for five years for the murder of a woman but his best friend was responsible for her death. The court believed Will was guilty because his friend testified against him. Will sees an advertisement in the paper from Elly Dinsmore. Her husband has died, she has two young boys and is expecting another baby. She has a small farm and she really needs help during the winter. She is also looking for a new husband, she wants a man who is good with her children and can take over the heavy work of a farm. Will comes to meet her and she agrees to have him live in the barn on a trial basis.
I’ve seen other movies set in this time span and the depression was a very tough time for those with property and also those with nothing. Many people wandered from place to place just trying to stay alive. Will Parker has more problems because of the actions of other people than he can handle. Even though the times are tough, life was different in these days. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
96 min, Drama directed by Steven Hillard Stern with Christopher Reeve, Deborah Raffin, Lloyd Bochner, Nina Foch, Helen Shaver, J.T. Walsh, Susan Astley.
Note: Imdb 6.5 out of 10, 54% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 3.9* out of 5* with 378 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Deborah Raffin previously auditioned for the role of Lois Lane in Superman: The Movie of 1978.