The Only Thrill (1998)

The Only Thrill


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In this drama about love and how it can go wrong, Reese McHenry (Sam Shepard) is the owner of a clothing store who, in 1966, hires Carol Fitzsimmons (Diane Keaton) to work for him as a seamstress. Carol is a widow, and Reese's wife is in a coma; both are lonely, and they begin a habit of going to the movies every Wednesday afternoon, and sometimes also meeting for furtive sexual assignations. But Reese is unable to commit to a more permanent relationship as long as his wife is alive, despite his … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Ketron
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On DVD: Aug 30, 2005
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as Carol Fitzsimmons

as Reece McHenry

as Katherine

as Joleen Quillet

as Louis Quillet

as Poker Player No. 1

as Poker Player No. 2

as Mother
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Critic Reviews for The Only Thrill

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 9, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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April 20, 2001
Houston Chronicle
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Full Review… | April 20, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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August 3, 2005

September 5, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Full Review… | April 20, 2001
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for The Only Thrill

Cast: Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Diane Lane, Robert Patrick, Tate Donovan, Sharon Lawrence, Stacey Travis, Brad Leland

Director: Peter Masterson

Summary: Timing is everything -- and it's never right for clothing store owner Reece McHenry (Sam Shepard) and widowed seamstress Carol Fitzsimmons (Diane Keaton) as circumstances conspire to keep them apart despite a love that spans three decades. Meanwhile, Carol's daughter (Diane Lane) and Reece's son (Robert Patrick) begin an affair of their own that provides a disquieting mirror for their parents in this bittersweet drama.

My Thoughts: "This is probably a movie for an older crowed or for those who don't mind not having young folk in their films. It's a bitter sweet love story that takes place in this film. Everytime they come together they let the other slip away. It's a great lesson in love and that it's never too late. I love Diane Keaton and Sam Shepard in this movie. They just have great chemistry together. The story is slow, but I liked it's pace. This is a movie you have to be in the mood for. Those who like romance films and love stories will be sure to enjoy this film."


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Average drama with a cast far above this kind of pedestrian effort.

jay nixon

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