JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU’VE FOUND THE RIGHT GUY, SOMEONE EVEN WORSE COMES ALONG.
Emma Moriarty (Sally Field) moves with her young son (Corey Haim) to a small Arizona town and tries to make a living by boarding horses; she also gets to know an older, but very popular, widower (James Garner)… An old-fashioned romantic movie that gives Garner the opportunity to shine as one of the last, decent, homespun men around. He’s great to watch, and Field matches him as the much younger woman who might be his last chance at love. Their relationship is complicated by the arrival of Emma’s no-good ex-husband, but that part of the film never becomes too predictable. All in all, a somewhat unremarkable but smooth, fun and sweet film.
1985-U.S. 107 min. Color. Produced by Laura Ziskin. Directed by Martin Ritt. Screenplay: Harriet Frank, Jr., Irving Ravetch. Novella: Max Schott. Cinematography: William A. Fraker. Songs: Carole King. Cast: Sally Field (Emma Moriarty), James Garner (Murphy Jones), Brian Kerwin (Bobby Jack Moriarty), Corey Haim, Dennis Burkley, Georgann Johnson.
Quote: “Just set the damn thing on fire!” (James Garner refusing to say how many candles his birthday cake should have)
Last word: “The studio said we were risking a lot of money on [Field]. But I wanted that kind of feisty little girl who would defend her kids with every drop of blood, somebody Middle America could relate to. I’ve won 90 per cent of those arguments. I’m very good at spotting people, and if I feel a person’s going to be good, hell and high water will not get me off it.” (Ritt, Gainesville Sun)