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Under Heaven

R 1998 1h 52m Drama List
40% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 83% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Cynthia (Molly Parker) is tired of a relationship with love but no money, so she looks for work to support herself and her ne'er-do-well lover, Buck (Aden Young). She gets a job caring for cancer sufferer Eleanor (Joely Richardson), and begins to think the ill woman is in need of a lover. She then enlists Buck to seduce her, hoping that he will end up in her will and their financial problems will come to an end. What she doesn't expect is the jealousy she feels about the affair she created. Read More Read Less

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Emanuel Levy Variety One of the worst films at Sundance, Richman's update of Henry James' novel Wings of the Dove, is marred by obvious text, shallow motivations, and pat ending; beware the romantic meller is aka Under Heaven (where it should have stayed). Rated: D Aug 31, 2006 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid I found it uninspiring. I couldn't get a handle on Young's character, who at times seems to be a dumb slab of meat, and at other times is reciting poetry. Oct 24, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Oct 13, 2005 Full Review Susan Tavernetti Palo Alto Weekly Rated: 3/4 May 20, 2003 Full Review Mike DeWolfe Apollo Guide Rated: 77/100 Oct 30, 2001 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Even the amazing Molly Parker can't save this dreck. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review dave j Monday, March 21, 2011 (1998) Under Heaven DRAMA The movie is about and asks two questions? Is it better to be wealthy and know that you're dying of cancer or to be poor and live a very long prosperous life or at least die of an old age! Somewhat look like a 'hallmark' film but says that it came from a Henry James novel called "The Wings of the Dove", which the theme is taken, and that it works well on it's own terms in current times as a commentary! Jobless couple (Molly Parker and Aiden Young)swindle, posing as brother and sister to work for wealthy lady whose dying of cancer played by Joely Richardson- that's basically the story! Haven't remembered too much of the 1997 version of 'The Wings of the Dove' film starring Helena Bonahm Carter, Linus Roache and Alison Elliott but may not have been too impressed because of the original time it which the film took place! 3 out of 4 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Even the amazing Molly Parker can't save this dreck. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Even the amazing Molly Parker can't save this dreck. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review walter m [font=Century Gothic]"In the Shadows" begins with Cynthia(Molly Parker) finally having had it with her boyfriend Buck's(Aden Young) drinking and drug use and walks out on him. After losing her waitressing job, Cynthia goes to work as an aide for Eleanor(Joely Richardson), a wealthy and lonely young woman who is dying of cancer. Soon after, Cynthia comes across Buck living on the streets and gets him a job as a gardener for Eleanor but introduces him as her half-brother. Cynthia hatches up a scheme where Buck is to seduce Eleanor in order to inherit her money...[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"In the Shadows" is a not quite predictable movie that ably balances between being cynical and maudlin. The excellent performances of Parker and Richardson raise the film above the routine.[/font] Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Cynthia (Molly Parker) is tired of a relationship with love but no money, so she looks for work to support herself and her ne'er-do-well lover, Buck (Aden Young). She gets a job caring for cancer sufferer Eleanor (Joely Richardson), and begins to think the ill woman is in need of a lover. She then enlists Buck to seduce her, hoping that he will end up in her will and their financial problems will come to an end. What she doesn't expect is the jealousy she feels about the affair she created.
Director
Meg Richman
Producer
Robin Schorr, Brian Swardstrom, Mickey Liddell
Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 52m
Sound Mix
Surround