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Square Dance (1987)



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A young teen-aged girl (Winona Ryder) from Texas is sent from the ranch on which she was raised with her grandfather to spend a summer with her estranged mother in Fort Worth. Her mom is quite promiscuous and this is a shock to the girl. She does find some solace with a young retarded man (Rob Lowe) who becomes her close friend. The film is also known as Home Is Where the Heart Is.
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Winona Ryder
as Gemma Dillard
Elbert Lewis
as Beecham
J. David Moeller
as Dub Mosley
Dixie Taylor
as Dolores
Irma P. Hall
as Preacher Dixon
Brad Leland
as Drunk Cowboy
Barbara Britt
as Miss Lawson
Dee Pyland
as May Tompkins
Gwen Little
as Doreen Hadley
Jim Bynum
as Jack Springer
Linda Nye
as Eunice Tanner
Newt Davis
as Bubba Springer
Harlan Jordan
as Ray Ferrys
Dennis Letts
as Bob Hadley
Liz Williams
as Miss Harley
Stephanie Binford
as School Girl
Barbara McCauley
as School Girl
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Critic Reviews for Square Dance

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

Notwithstanding a knockabout performance by Jane Alexander as a Fort Worth floozy, Square Dance is do-si-dull.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

There are so many small, well-crafted touches about the movie it`s painful to report that the whole is not quite the sum of its parts.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

story can move you even if it's predictable, and that's what Square Dance accomplishes. It makes contact with its people, its land; it makes us feel for them; it hews out a slice of the earth, our earth, and makes it real.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's so cotton-pickin' clichéd.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Nothing that happens comes as much of a surprise.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

If I were to describe the plot of Square Dance, you'd likely laugh out loud. The movie itself denies even that pleasure. This is a weary morality play that sinks under the weight of its good intentions.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Square Dance

[center][size=5]Square Dance [/size][left]On tv their is a channel called Lifetime, which is basically a womens channel with all inspiring shows and made for tv movies. This movie I consider to be in that catagory and its story is a sterotype for that channel. I believe that this actually was a made for tv movie when it came on back in 1987. And it also features a very young Winona Ryder in only her second movie but first starring role. The storyline itself isn't that great but the performances were better then expected. For being so young at the time Ryder was still able to carry an impressive performance that would highlight her future career. And Rob Lowe is also in the film as well. What is so weird about his character is that he is doing a Forest Gump impression, but Forrest Gump wouldn't be made for another couple of years after this film. My own recommendation really to see this movie would be just to see Lowes performance just to prove that I am not crazy about the Forrest Gump thing. (Tom Hanks had to have seen his performance before he made Forrest Gump) Or if your one of those who likes a good LM(Lifetime Movie) once in a while. [/left] [size=5] [img]http://images.excaliburfilms.com/DVD/reviews/imagesCH3WY/largemoviepic/gr114714D1.jpg[/img] [/size][/center]

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