Satisfactory southern potboiler
J. Houzet | Chicago, IL | 12/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I discovered this movie on the TV while channel surfing and was pleasantly surprised. I am a Kelly McGillis fan (ever since Witness) and I thought I'd give it a try. Billy Zane is also a good and yet underappreciated actor. He plays one of a trio of escapees from a prison farm in 1950s Louisiana. They seek refuge in the remote home of a middle-aged woman who has been living like a hermit since her father died.
The character Kelly plays is frumpy and eccentric. She has the opportunity to escape from the clutches of these bumbling escaped cons, but she is determined to stay at her house and work in her garden. Zane is the compassionate one of the three, and he prevents the bully in the bunch from molesting Kelly. In quite a funny scene, Kelly inflicts further injury on the whiney one of the bunch.
The cons lie low while the police search the vicinity, having to deal with a traveling preacher, Kelly's nosey sister who pops in from time to time, and the blind man who delivers her groceries. You know some characters are going to come to an untimely demise. Meanwhile, affections develop between Zane and McGillis. She started to look hot even in her frumpiness."
A touching story
Romy Rock | Dubai United Arab Emirates | 02/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Morgan's Ferry" - a touching story well told and well filmed. I enjoyed the film thoroughly and am going to buy the DVD. If you liked Fried Green Tomatoes and films about the American South, you will love "Morgan's Ferry". Kelly McGillis and Billy Zane have given good performances. When I've purchased the DVD, it's going to be in my collection of my all-time favorite movies."