The theme of dying small towns hits home, since all the towns I've lived in have experienced this phenomena of our time and I'm old enough to remember when downtowns were where everything took place, and to have seen them gradually fail, along with the industries that gave birth to them. Also, I often watch movies with low rankings, because I often disagree with the critics and like them anyway. And this movie had a great cast. In addition, although Horton Foote's had some screenplay flops, he also had some great successes too. But like the flops, this movie is slow to the point of being excruciating, with very little plot and no real development of the characters. The result is wooden in the extreme--well, you win some and you lose some.