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Friday, February 17, 2017

One Special Night (1999)

A doctor (Julie Andrews), who's also a widow, visiting a hospice offers a lift to a man (James Garner) visiting his wife who has Alzheimer's. They get lost in a blizzard and when the car breaks down, they are forced to spend the night in an abandoned cabin. Two lonely people thrown together, it isn't difficult to figure out what happens next. Based on the play A WINTER VISITOR by Jan Hartman and directed by Roger Young. Filmed in a snowbound Montreal, this is the kind of predictable if genial drama that is difficult to get excited about one way or the other. One can't find much good to say about it yet one can't really dislike it either. Its story line is contrived and therefore totally dependent on the two leads to sell it. Fortunately, Garner and Andrews are immensely likable and talented that they effortlessly carry the movie on their shoulders. There's much to be said for charisma and professionalism. The only time the film bogs down is when it is focused on the subsidiary characters played by decent but unexceptional actors lacking the screen presence of its stars. With Patricia Charbonneau, Stacy Grant and Stewart Bick.

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