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Lemon Sky (1987)

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Tom Atkins, Lindsay Crouse, more...
Director: Jan Egleson
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Studio: First Look Pictures
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
Originally written in 1970, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lanford Wilson's play Lemon Sky was brought to television by way of PBS' American Playhouse anthology. Based loosely on Wilson's own experiences, the story concerns a 17-year-old boy (Kevin Bacon) who hasn't seen his father in a dozen years. Utilizing a complex flashback-flash forward technique, the protagonist recalls his six-month stay with his dad (Tom Atkins) and dad's second wife (Lindsay Crouse). Featured in the cast is Bacon's actress wife Kyra Sedgwick, here playing his half-sister. Lemon Sky premiered February 10, 1988. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Returning to a Much-Loved Play by talltale January 18, 2005 - 8:37 PM PST
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When I first saw Lanford Wilson's play LEMON SKY back in the late 60s (I think), it starred Christopher Walken and Lee McCain, among others, and I thought it one of the landmark theatre pieces for that decade. This filmed version, shown on TV maybe 15 years ago, features Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick in those roles, and the comparison is not particularly good. Both actors are certainly OK, but they--and the movie/play--descend into embarrassing melodramatics, after a good start. Director Jan Egleson has tried to find a way to work the play's fascinating, back-and-forth, past-to-present "memory" style into a filmed equivalent. He manages it pretty well for awhile. But then the melodrama hits. For me, it was a You Can't Go Home Again experience; perhaps those who did not see the staged version will enjoy it more (or less). Lindsay Crouse, Tom Atkins, a pre-teen Casey Affleck and a young actress named Laura White (also known as Welker White, whom I have not seen before or since but who looks like a young Mary Beth Hurt) fill out the cast admirably.




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