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1918 (1985)

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Adapted by Horton Foote from his own play, 1918 focuses on life in rural Texas during World War I. Foote's daughter Hallie plays the young wife of William Converse-Roberts. Though there's a baby on the way, the couple is treated like children by Hallie's wealthy parents, who exert a great deal of financial power over the young folks. Accused of being a "slacker", Converse-Roberts agrees to march off to war only after his father-in-law Michael Higgens agrees to look after his Hallie and her incoming baby. This news thrills Converse-Roberts' younger brother Matthew Broderick, who has been told that he can join the army only after his brother does. The 1918 influenza epidemic claims the newborn baby's life, but once this tragedy has been absorbed, life goes on as before, with everyone holding out hope for the future. 1918 was later telecast as part of a Horton Foote trilogy on PBS' American Playhouse.

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Cast

William Converse-Roberts
as Horace Robedaux
Hallie Foote
as Elizabeth Robedaux
Rochelle Oliver
as Mrs. Vaughn
Michael Higgins
as Mr. Vaughn
L.T. Felty
as Mr. Thatcher
Tom Murrel
as Stanley
Norma Allen
as Mrs. Gregory
Margaret Spaulding
as Mrs. Cunningham
Carol Goodheart
as Ruth Amos
Buffy Carrol
as Gladys Maud
Peggy Feury
as Mrs. Boone
Randy Moore
as Dr. White
Janice Woodson
as Country Woman
Cynthia Rogers
as Mrs. Drayton
Anna Harrison
as Mary Beth
Lisa Howard
as Constance
Nancy Harrison
as Aunt Inez
Allan Alexander
as Straggler
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This well-crafted and intimate film refuses to over inflate its subject matter, but rather conveys its messages through credible and sympathetic characters.

August 18, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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