In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.
Pete Sandich and buddy Al Yackey are daredevil aerial forest-fire fighters. Pete finds True Love with Dorinda but won't give up the job. When he takes one risk too many, Dorinda faces deep grief and cannot easily put her life back together.Written by
When Dorinda rides her bike onto the airstrip to tell Pete that she loves him before he takes off, she jumps off her bicycle in front of the port engine and it isn't running. She climbs up on the plane to the cockpit scene but when she climbs down to her bicycle the engine is running and Pete is still on his feet in the cockpit so he couldn't have started the engine that fast. It was the reason she couldn't hear him saying "I love you". See more »
[Speaking to Dorinda after he's dead]
I know now, that the love we hold back is the only pain that follows us here.
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On the Blu Ray release, at the very end of the end credits, there is a warning. It reads, in quotation marks: "Caution: Inhaling of helium from balloons is dangerous, and can cause serious injury or death." See more »
If you have ever had a loss, this is the one for you!
I lost my husband suddenly about 2 years ago. I first watched this movie about 10 years ago and I enjoyed it. Then, I watched it last night again. This time, it was much more personal to me, and I still enjoyed it,only in a different way. The relationship between Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfuss was portrayed wonderfully. The selfishness he felt when seeing her and Ted together for the first time was so very honest and painful. The pain she feels at moving on with her life, the love and concern John Goodman shows her, the uncertainty of her future and the way she will handle it kept me on the edge of my seat. The emotions were so real and many of them were the same ones I have felt over the past 2 years. The scene where Dorinda dances alone yet with Pete simply sent me to the tissues. When she is putting out that last fire, and is contemplating the rest of her life alone hit home as well. I cried for almost the entire movie this time. The actors portrayed their characters as real as can be, and I truly felt their pain and confusion. I read the book years ago and I feel that this is one of the few times the movie is as good as the book. This time after watching it, I actually was able to find a little peace in my life situation. If you have ever suffered a major loss in your life, I wholeheartedly recommend this movie- even if you haven't, the acting, the script and the movie as a whole gets a 9.0 in my book. Keep a box of kleenex nearby.
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