Review: ‘Independence Day’

Independence Day is an unpleasant dramatic study of young people in a small southwestern town facing family problems and the perennial career decision: to stay home or trek to the big city. Despite some yeoman acting by a talented cast of character actors, the predictable and contrived storyline proves intractable.

Independence Day is an unpleasant dramatic study of young people in a small southwestern town facing family problems and the perennial career decision: to stay home or trek to the big city. Despite some yeoman acting by a talented cast of character actors, the predictable and contrived storyline proves intractable.

Alice Hoffman’s unfocused screenplay centers upon two people in their 20s: Mary Ann Taylor (Kathleen Quinlan), a waitress in her dad’s diner in the tiny south-western town and Jack Parker (David Keith), a gas station mechanic just home after an unsuccessful stay at engineering school.

While the duo’s romance blossoms, Parker is coping with his suicidal sister Nancy (Dianne Wiest), her philandering, wife- beating husband Les (Cliff DeYoung) and his own brutish father (Noble Willingham).

Keith reinforces his image as a likable and forceful young performer while Quinlan demonstrates the ambivalence of love vs a career quite skillfully.

Independence Day

Production

Warner. Director Robert Mandel; Producer Daniel H. Blatt, Robert Singer; Screenplay Alice Hoffman; Camera Chuck Rosher; Editor Dennis Virkler, Tina Hirsch; Music Charles Bernstein; Art Director Stewart Campbell

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Kathleen Quinlan David Keith Frances Sternhagen Cliff DeYoung Dianne Wiest Josef Sommer
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