Martin Ritt goes back to his favorite filmic locale, the South, in this biopic of author Marjorie Kennan Rawlings (played by Mary Steenbergen), depicting her move to Florida in search for good literary material. The film is well acted but it’s slow-paced and lacks dramatic life or any other energy.
Hollywood had previously adapted with great success Kennan Rawlings’ novel “The Yearling,” with Gregory Peck.
Oscar Nominations: 4
Supporting Actor: Rip Torn
Supporting Actress: Alfre Woodard
Original Score: Leonard Rosenberg
Costume Design: Joe I. Tompkins
Oscar Awards: None
The winner of the Supporting Actor was Jack Nicholson for “Terms of Endearment,” which won Best Picture and other awards. Linda Hunt received the Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for “The Year of Living Dangerously.”
The scoring award went to Bill Conti for “The Right Stuff,” and the Costume Design to Marik Vos for Ingmar Bergman’s children’s fable, “Fanny & Alexandra.”
produced by Robert B. Radnitz and Martin Ritt