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Actors: William Converse-Roberts, Hallie Foote, Matthew Broderick, Belinda Jackson, Jerry Biggs
Director: Ken Harrison
Genres: Drama
NR     2004     1hr 34min

From the gifted pen of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Horton Foote (To Kill a Mockingbird, Tender Mercies) comes a touching trilogy of American tales set in early 20th Century Texas. At the height of World War I, Eliza...  more »


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Actors: William Converse-Roberts, Hallie Foote, Matthew Broderick, Belinda Jackson, Jerry Biggs
Director: Ken Harrison
Creators: George Tirl, Leon Seith, Lewis M. Allen, Lillian V. Foote, Peter Newman, Ross Milloy, Horton Foote
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/13/2004
Original Release Date: 04/26/1985
Theatrical Release Date: 04/26/1985
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A Nostalgic Trip
Denise Carter | Garland, TX United States | 09/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is such a beautiful movie, as true today as it was then. My mother nearly died in the flu pandemic of 1918, and told me about those times in great detail. My brother and I suffered from measles and whooping cough in the early 40s, and our house was quarantined by the city. Being a child during WWII, I can still identify with many elements of this DVD. Everything moved at such a leisurely pace that it must have seemed that time stood still, especially for the kids. I remember feeling this way growing up in a small town. If you are looking for a movie that moves at breakneck speed, then don't buy this one. But, if you are contemplative and have many memories of the past that you wish to relive, this is the movie for you. I intend to watch it again and again. It is truly a story of a world that no longer exists. That makes me sad, especially for our children."
Outstanding local color in a small Texas town
Dewitt T. Ferrell Jr. | Athens, TN United States | 02/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie, 1918 is a great piece of our history during WWI. (The Great War) It tells of courage, cowardice, patriotism, family ties, family integrity, family shame, insight to our families, God and death, A Mother's evaluation of God in the taking of her baby, innocence of the mentally retarded....A feeling like you are there. The background of a slaming screen door, the lady next door practicing for the next week church choir, the distant locomotive, the dog barking, the crowds celebrating the end of the war... the meaning of life and deathe in a small Texas town. The social structure of the family and the social structure of a family with a son that just isn't measuring up to expectations. A wonderful movie. And in my opinion, the best movie ever made. I felt as if I was there experienceing all of these things with the actors and actresses, who to me seemed like live participants."
And you know for sure which grave is my Father's??
C. Bachmann | Studio City, CA United States | 05/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Horton Foote is a playwright and screenwriter of the gentlest, most powerful kind. His beginnings in small town Texas has informed most all of his writing ever since. He has written for broadway, live television and hollywood. He wrote the amazing screenplay for "To Kill A Mockingbird" based on Harper Lee's book. He wrote the films "Tender Mercies" and "Trip to Bountiful" (based on his play) He's won the Pultzer Prize for his play "Young Man From Atlanta" (1995). Many of his plays have ended up on video/dvd and "1918" is one of them.

There is a series of plays written by Mr. Foote called "The Orphan's Home Cycle". Nine terrific plays, gentle and rewarding individually...put them together and you have a gorgeous epic that spans decades. The plays follow a boy named Horace from childhood to adulthood.
The middle three plays of this cycle are: "Courtship", "Valentine's Day" and "1918" and are all on DVD and available on Amazon.

"1918" takes place in a small Texas town during the outbreak of the infamous influenzia epidemic and the comings and goings of soldiers during World War I. It picks up a short time after "On Valentine's Day" ends. Elizabeth and Horace have a child and the family is reunited. But as the sickness of the epidemic and the insidious mutilations of the war casulties all come closer to the their doorstep, Horace is faced with decisions beyond his grasp. Trying to come to terms with his "orphan" status and new family. The delicate way the subjects of love, danger, security and family roam in and out of the dialouge is very moving.

"1918" stands alone as an amazing timepiece. Put the film together as the finale with the previous chapters: "Courtship" and "On Valentine's Day" and you have an amazing statement of life in small town America from 1915 to World War I. You have a dramatic poem about love and endurance. You also have an important document of Amercan theater by having a record of this great playwright's work come to life.

The same wonderful cast is in all three films, offering great continuity of performance and sparse, tender storytelling.

Courtship, On Valentine's Day,
The Trip to Bountiful, Farewell: A Memoir of a Texas Childhood"
Jennifer | Chicago, IL | 02/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I got hooked when I saw this movie! It was very well acted and you became attached to the story. It made me want to read the play that this was based on as well as see the prequel "On Valentine's Day" Elizabeth and Horace's relationship tested by family and life in general. I loved it and would highly recommend this video and the others in the trilogy to anyone who loves historical dramas."