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Northern Lights (1997)

Northern Lights (1997)





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Adapted by John Robert Hoffman from his own play, the made-for-TV Northern Lights stars Diane Keaton as Roberta Blumstein, a high-strung New Yorker whose well-ordered lifestyle is set on its ear with the arrival of a child. No, not Roberta's child, but the son of her recently deceased brother Frank. The kid's name is Jack, and he is no more fond of Roberta than she is of him--at least, not at first. Gradually, however, the two lost souls come to find each other in the most unlikeliest of places: A quaint New England community that Roberta would under normal circumstances have never been caught dead in. Although the original play was a one-character monologue, the TV version features scores of eccentric and lovable supporting characters--among them one Joe Scarlotti, played by author Hoffman, and Ben Rubadue, portrayed by Maury Chaykin, the star of the Diane Keaton-directed theatrical feature Unstrung Heroes. Produced for the Disney Channel, Northern Lights was originally telecast on August 23, 1997.
Drama , Television
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Prufrock Pictures


Diane Keaton
as Roberta Blumstein
Maury Chaykin
as Ben Rubadue
Kathleen York
as Daphne Hightower
Peter Wilds
as Ratman
Chilton Crane
as Margaret
Sheila Moore
as Louise
Phillip Hazel
as Skipper
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The first movie to be named a Disney Channel Original Movie is certainly unlike any of the movies that followed to date. I can't say I was too crazy about it, but I really liked Diane Keaton. She was funny and added some much needed humor to a strange movie that gets a little too sappy at times. (First and only viewing - 10/16/2013)

Adam R
Adam R

I cannot help but feel that Diane Keaton is at home in "Northern Lights". Though I am generally skeptical about made-for-TV movies, Yellen and the cast show great tact in riffing on the common theme of acquiring the responsibility of an unexpected child. The film is a worthwhile study on dramatics, and unfortunately only one of the few made-for-TV movies that represents the genre positively.

Samuel  Fishman
Samuel Fishman

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