Red Betsy (2001)
Average Rating: 6.7/10
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Wisconsin, 1941. A group of townspeople gather on a farm field, eagerly observing amateur pilot Dale Rounds as he readies his airplane for its inaugural flight. Dale built the plane with the help of his father, Emmet, from spare automotive parts. As the community watches with growing excitement and skepticism, Dale and Emmet remain determined to show that their contraption can really fly. Waiting expectantly on the sidelines among the crowd are Dale's girlfriend Winifred, and mother Helen. After
Sep 19, 2003 Wide
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This is not the country postcard of Hollywood fantasies, but just a working farm in a district where there are few enough people that every personality seems back lighted.
The movie is so general, so afraid to get specific with feelings and complicated characters, that of course I can relate -- just as I can almost always relate to my daily horoscope.
I can't recall a movie since The Straight Story that does as fine a job of capturing a Midwestern sensibility as Red Betsy.
It worms its way into our good graces with gentle insight and an understated approach.
Reminds us to treasure the not-so-distant past like it was a family heirloom.
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