In this Horton Foote (Tender Mercies) adaptation of the William Faulkner short story, an honorable prisoner put to work by the Red Cross rescues a pregnant woman grasping a tree just feet above the turbulent waters of the 1927 Mississippi flood. Having never manned a boat before and wildly off course, the convict (Arliss Howard, Full Metal Jacket) manages to convey Addie (Jeanne Tripplehorn, The Firm) in what amounts to a rowboat to New Orleans and then back home, while she gives birth and recovers on board their vessel. Along the way the pair manages to befriend Cajuns, conquer crocodiles, and fall quietly in love. This Hallmark Hall of Fame production directed by John Kent Harrison is suspenseful, moving, and, while leisurely paced, ultimately quite rewarding. Its lack of sexual content, violence (except to a few of the aforementioned crocs), or rough talk make it excellent family fare. --Kimberly Heinrichs
Now for the movie itself.
The Convict and the woman he rescues pass through a series of adventures. As we watched we were sometimes struck with quiet awe, sometimes with laughter, finally with delight. What a trip! The rich setting, the effective photography, the quiet story of their relationship, the variety of scenes and characters, the acting -- "Old Man" is a winner on every count. I treasure the memory of the convict.
More than most Hallmark films I know, it is built on a solid ethical foundation.
All that's is lacking is a DVD edition for North America. The sound won recognition, so I suppose it is first rate, but our old VHS player only puts out mono. DVD please? Pretty please?
A group of prisoners that are part of a work force, is sent to help the people that are stranded, during the big flood of the Mississippi River. While on a boat, one of the prisoners gets lost from the others, and ends up helping a beautiful, but very pregnant woman (Addie), that's sitting in a tree.
The two become friends, and end up falling in love, but never declaring it to each other. Addie realizes early on, that the prisoner who rescued her, is a honorable, good man, and he has the best time of his life with Addie!
But he knows that when he locates the prison work force, that he belongs to, that he must make a decison on either, to stay with Addie, or finish serving his time, so that he can be a free man. I simply loved this movie very much! It is a different, wonderful, awesome, love story! MOVIE IDEA: Movie people, please make a sequel to OLD MAN!