Red Sky at Morning

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1944, and off Dad (Crenna) goes into the Navy after taking wilting Southern Mum (Bloom, slipping into Vivien Leigh's shoes) and son (Thomas) to a Mexican hideaway mansion. From there develops an unusually blatant mixture of voyeuristic wish-fulfilment as teeny high school petting and chicken games are laid aside by sons who follow their fathers, unquestioning, to the battlefront. As if by sympathetic magic, for instance, the moment Thomas actually screws his girlfriend, the moment he takes over his father's ritual manly tasks (such as helping an artist friend lug yet another of his hero-busts up to his private Mount Rushmore where Bogart, Chuchill and DiMaggio rub shoulders), comes the news that Dad has been blown up. Any number of loving, lying shots of touselled heads windblown against the sky, gamely tearful faces saying goodbye. The only good thing is that Vilmos Zsigmond's photography manages to wring a grain or two of realism from those faces.

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Duration: 112 mins

Cast and crew

Director: James Goldstone
Screenwriter: Marguerite Roberts
Cast: Richard Thomas
Catherine Burns
Desi Arnaz Jr
Richard Crenna
Claire Bloom
John Colicos
Harry Guardino
Strother Martin
Nehemiah Persoff
Victoria Racimo

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Saw this movie probably when it first came out and I was very young. I have always remembered one line, said to the son by the father as he was taking his leave which I have tried to remember and live by. "Always be kind to others but don't expect them to be kind to you." Avoids a lot of diss appointment in life.