Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection (2001)





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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.
Comedy , Drama
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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
James Michael Bailey
as Mr. Peacock
Judy Garwood
as Mrs. Peacock
John Wilmot
as Mr. Bodkin
Sam Sherrill
as Judge Tip Clanahan
Jaymee Vowell
as Johnnie Ree Peacock
Emily Noble
as Nurse
Joseph Bonelli
as Preston
Philip Tracy
as Jury Foreman
Whitney Hennigan
as Norma Cheeter
Andrew Libby
as Bailiff
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I rented this movie from the library. I'm on a Eudora Welty spree and I like Peter MacNichol ("Ally McBeal"). He was fabulous in this movie- funny and somewhat bumbling, but not in an idiotic way. JoBeth Williams was also in it, but it's still hard for me to get the "run into the light Carol Ann" image out of my head when I watch her in things. The movie was set in rural Mississippi and the Ponders are one of those great rich Southern families with a romantic last name. Daniel Ponder (MacNichol) has his family fortune settled upond him, but his big ol' Ponder Heart may lead him to squander his inheritance out of generosity out of love for his backwoods little wife. The plot was not very sophisticated, but the resolution was more complex- somewhat abrupt and out of the blue (but not awkwardly so, like in "The Forgotten" where you think you've been watching a mystery and you find out it's more like a sci-fi script that "The Twilight Zone" rejected because, ironically, it wasn't believable enough). I would not run out to my local library to pick this up, but if you have a nice rainy fall afternoon- it's a cozy movie to watch (especially if the alternative is a Lifetime movie of the week).

Cayce Utley
Cayce Utley

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