Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection

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Martha Coolidge (Real Genius, Out to Sea) directed this light PBS drama about a rich eccentric who is overly generous with his fortune. Ally McBeal's Peter MacNicol stars as Daniel Ponder, the wealthy man in question, who finds himself charged with murder after his young bride is found dead. Produced in 2001, The Ponder Heart co-stars JoBeth Williams, Angela Bettis, Boyce Holleman, and Star Trek: The Next Generation's Brent Spiner.


Peter MacNicol
as Daniel Ponder
JoBeth Williams
as Edna Erle Ponder
Angela Bettis
as Bonnie Dee Peacock
Boyce Holleman
as Sam Ponder
Jenifer Lewis
as Narcissa Wingfield
Victor Slezak
as Ovid Springer
Brent Spiner
as Dorris Gladney
Lenny Von Dohlen
as DeYancey Clanahan
Joanne Baron
as Teacake Magee
Tracey Needham
as Elsie Fleming
B.J. Hopper
as Judge Waite
Judy Garwood
as Mrs. Peacock
John Wilmot
as Mr. Bodkin
Sam Sherrill
as Judge Tip Clanahan
Jaymee Vowell
as Johnnie Ree Peacock
Philip Tracy
as Jury Foreman
Whitney Hennigan
as Norma Cheeter
Andrew Libby
as Bailiff
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  • Director Martha Coolidge (Rambling Rose) puts these characters through their paces -- more, in Mississippi, like an amble -- with a knowingness almost as all-wise as Miss Welty's own, although lacking the novelist's wickedness.

    Feb 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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