Carried Away (1996)
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A late middle-aged, midwestern school teacher with a bum leg finds himself inexorably drawn into an affair with a seductive 17-year-old girl in this simultaneously romantically funny and painful drama. The story is taken from a novel by Jim Harrison and features Dennis Hopper in a more subdued role, showing once again that he is indeed a versatile actor. The tale is set in the 1970s. When not teaching, Joseph Svenden tends to his family farm, takes care of his terminally ill mother, and pays court to his fiancee of six-years Rosalie, the war widow of Svenden's best friend. Though she would very much like to marry, Svenden continues to put her off saying that he must wait until his mother dies. Then he learns that the little school in which he and Rosalie teach is about to close. While worrying about the future, sophisticated Catherine Wheeler joins his class as a student. She and her father go to Svenden's farm in search of a place to stable her horse. Svenden is not immune to her considerable charms and aggressive style and an affair begins. Meanwhile her father obsessively hunts the gimpy old wolf that has been hanging around the area causing trouble. … More
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as Joseph Svenden
as Rosealee Henson
as Catherine Wheeler
as Joseph's Mother
as Maj. Nathan Wheeler
as Dr. Evans
as Robert Henson
as Lily Henson
as Beverly Wheeler
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Tries to incorporate almost film-noir elements into a heartland love story. The blending feels inorganic; and composer Bruce Broughton doesn't help matters by coating every moment with a repetitive, syrupy theme.
An earnestly well-meaning film whose adult characters have a refreshingly grown-up perspective on their choices in life.
Think Dennis Hopper has played too many crazies? Well, you'll wish he'd stuck to blowing up buses after you see him in Carried Away.
Everyone in the film -- even the teenager -- is more intelligent and articulate than is usually permitted in American movies, and having gotten themselves into an emotional tangle, they go to work getting themselves out again.
Carried Away is erotic, but it's also thoughtful and intelligent, and, coupled with Hopper's extraordinary performance, that's reason enough to be carried away by this motion picture.
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