Cross Creek

Sporting a fancy line in hats and a dangerously overripe sensibility, writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Steenburgen) abandons her husband and journeys south to grapple with The Great American Gothic Novel. Stuck in a renovated backwoods shack, the local colour soon proves far more vivid than anything her imagination can conjure up. There's the suave hotelier who gets her jalopy back on the road, the doting black maid with an errant lover, and punting through the swampweed cackling balefully here's Torn as the resident rustic loon. Never one to stint himself when it comes to romantic overkill, Ritt piles on the slush with even more gusto than usual. Broadly - and self-consciously - signposted as The Stirring Story of a Woman's Struggle to Find Herself, the result suffers from a bad case of the cutes and a quite intolerable smugness.

Release details

Duration: 122 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Martin Ritt
Screenwriter: Dalene Young
Cast: Mary Steenburgen
Rip Torn
Peter Coyote
Dana Hill
Alfre Woodard
Joanna Miles
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Karoline

I have seen better acting in grade school plays. I gave it a chance, but gave up after the first 30 minutes.

Karoline

I have seen better acting in grade school plays. I gave it a chance, but gave up after the first 30 minutes.