Northern Lights

1997

Northern Lights

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Release date: Aug 23, 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.

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  • [A]n eccentric and ultimately winning film.

    September 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The premise--life-weary adults find redemption through an innocent child--is oh-so-familiar, but there's offbeat pleasure in the execution, due mostly to performances by [Diane] Keaton and her standout co-star, Maury Chaykin.

    September 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The telefilm's wit, charm and innocence overcome any awkward passages, and the dialogue's clean and purposeful.

    September 27, 2019 | Full Review…

    Tony Scott

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