Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|All the Winters That Have Been|
Actors: Richard Chamberlain, Karen Allen
Genres: Drama, Television
Similarly Requested DVDs
A movie to watch and rewatch
M. Casanova Canals | Madrid, Spain | 12/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"All The Winters That Have Been is a compelling story , based on the novel written by Evan Maxwell. It is divided in two parts, each containing a strong message. In the first part, agent Dane Corvin (Richard Chamberlain) is posing as a businessman interested in buying fish illegally caught by members of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. A law passed to limit fishing and protect fish resources in the area makes it impossible for this community to continue living from their traditional salmon and shellfish fisheries if they do not resort to poaching . Although it is true that the Swinomish violate the law on fishing, this law does not take into account the fact that they have always made a living out of fishing and cannot survive without. Dane Corvin, who falls in love with the half Swinomish and half Irish Hannah ( Karen Allen), understands the plight of the Swinomish but fails to postpone the operation. The arrest of Hannah's brother puts an end to Dane's and Hannah's relationship leaving both characters deeply hurt.
The second part starts when 20 years later Dane Corvin comes back to the area to visit his dying uncle (Hal Holbrook) whose last wish is to bring Dane and Hannah together again. Dane who has been hurting and missing Hannah for 20 years has taken refuge in his loneliness that keeps him most of the time in Alaska for preservation campaigns in favor of bears and wolves. Hannah who has become an important artist and whose art contributes to the development and well-being of the Swinomish community, has moved on with her life and her secret. Hannah unconsciously has forgiven Dane but circumstances prevent her from verbalizing her forgiveness. She has to meet Dane again in order to listen to her heart, accept her love for him and tell him her secret. It is now Dane's turn to find in his heart and soul how to reconcile all the elements of his shattered life and so make forgiveness and love the main messages of the second part of the movie.
The great director, Lamont Johnson, ( who directed Richard Chamberlain in several episodes of Dr Kildare in the early 60s and in Wallenberg in 1985) succeeds in making a movie with a quick sequence of scenes that follow each other very smoothly but allows at the same time the actors to make great performances and fully take advantage of the dialog that sounds in some instances like a theater play... Richard Chamberlain, Karen Allen and Hal Holbrook are magnificent, sober intensity is the key word for their acting in a movie that allies hard facts of life with tenderness, romance, love and forgiveness. Beautiful locations in British Columbia, excellent lighting and spectacular photography - you really feel the cutting touch of the crisp air blowing from the bright blue sea and you smell the fresh fragrance of the dark green spruces - are an added reason why I like to watch and re-watch this movie. The sunset light that embraces with its magic aura Dane standing on the porch briefly reminds a scene of Marcel Camus renowned Orfeo Negro of 1959.
S. Mitchell | Tyler, TX United States | 02/08/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am a huge Richard Chamberlain fan. This had a host of excellent players, too like Karen Allen. Not the kind of a movie that is a box office smash but a quiet movie that makes you think about age, where you are in life, the past and future. Beautiful photography. I don't want to relate the plot before you view the movie. Do view this movie. No loud bangs and special effect just a quiet thoughtful movie."
Beautifl Love Story
Cchipmom | Fort Worth, Tx | 04/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I saw that Richard Chamberlain and Karen Allen together, this just didn't seem like it would work. I was so wrong! This roll for both of them is so fitting. Her sweet quietness and the back woods man in Richard worked out perfectly. I was touched by the passion that grew in these two characters. I was nice to see true love win over in every way. For all of the bad events to have been solved and made better. This is a must watch for all hopeless romantics!"
Great Girl Flick!
J. Schields | Kansas Prairie | 11/21/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"You can most always rate any movie with Richard Chamberlain in it with an "A" in my opinion. There's no heavy involved plot here and you'll pretty much know which way the story is headed. STILL....No blood, no guts, no drug busts or super heros....just a nice clean movie that gives you that warm fuzzy feeling at the end."