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Marie

Marie is a powerfully-made political melodrama, the many strengths of which are vitiated only by the relative familiarity of the expose, little person-vs.-the establishment framework. Sissy Spacek adds another excellent characterization to her credits.

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Sissy Spacek Jeff Daniels Keith Szarabajka Morgan Freeman Fred Thompson Lisa Banes

Marie is a powerfully-made political melodrama, the many strengths of which are vitiated only by the relative familiarity of the expose, little person-vs.-the establishment framework. Sissy Spacek adds another excellent characterization to her credits.

Based on a book [Marie: A True Story] by Peter Maas, tale opens in 1968 with a rough scene in which Spacek and her small kids leave home after she is brutalized by her husband. Five years later, after educating herself further, she gets a job as extradition director and, before long, is appointed chairman of the parole board for the State of Tennessee.

Helping guide her up the twisting stairway of the political system is ostensible friend Jeff Daniels, a close aide of Governor Blanton who frequently comes to Spacek with overt suggestions that she speed through the parole of certain individuals.

John Briley has set the story down in cogent fashion, and director Donaldson has brought tremendous freshness to its telling.

Spacek is right at home with her role while Jeff Daniels is outstanding as her duplicitous associate.

Marie

Production: De Laurentiis. Director Roger Donaldson; Producer Frank Capra Jr; Screenplay John Briley; Camera Chris Menges; Editor Neil Travis, Tony Lawson; Music Francis Lai; Art Director Ron Foreman

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 112 MIN.

With: Sissy Spacek Jeff Daniels Keith Szarabajka Morgan Freeman Fred Thompson Lisa Banes

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