A Home of Our Own

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Frances Lacey (Bates) has no money, no husband, six kids and a broken-down '48 Plymouth. Undeterred, she settles on an abandoned farm shack in a middle-American pothole and convinces its owner, Mr Moon (Soon-Teck Oh), to let the Lacey clan set up house there in return for chores and odd jobs. With bits and pieces from the local scrap merchant, and a great deal of determination, the family begins to fix up the place. Hardship takes its toll, however, and the eldest son, Shayne (Furlong), becomes increasingly embittered towards his indomitable mom. It's hard to imagine much of an audience for this gritty, poignant movie. Tony Bill presents a vision of working-class American experience that is, perhaps, a shade sentimental, but still largely authentic and unpatronising. With notably tough and tender performances from Bates and Furlong, and good work from cinematographer Jean Lepine, this is a solid, small-scale film with its heart in the right place.
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Release details

UK release:

1993

Duration:

104 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Tony Bill

Cast:

Miles Feulner, Sarah Schaub, Clarissa Lassig, Edward Furlong, Kathy Bates, Soon-Teck Oh

Music:

Michael Convertino

Production Designer:

James L Schoppe

Editor:

Alex Hubert

Cinematography:

Jean Lépine

Screenwriter:

Patrick Duncan

Producer:

Bill Borden, Dale Pollock

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