Writer-director David Beaird's beguiling stage play about a bawdy, rollicking wedding night in the Louisiana bayou makes an uneven transfer to film. Despite some pungent performances, Scorchers is hampered by a nervous visual tone and inexplicable production flaws.

Writer-director David Beaird’s beguiling stage play about a bawdy, rollicking wedding night in the Louisiana bayou makes an uneven transfer to film. Despite some pungent performances, Scorchers is hampered by a nervous visual tone and inexplicable production flaws.

Emily Lloyd plays a nervous 20-year-old virgin bride whose cajun wedding night jitters are exacerbated by the community’s lusty interest in the goings on. Jennifer Tilly plays a preacher’s daughter who can’t get her husband to prefer her to the town whore (Faye Dunaway).

Film’s flighty story eventually finds two successful places to roost – a bar and the bedroom in which Lloyd and her madly frustrated young husband (James Wilder) are counseled by Lloyd’s father (Leland Crooke).

Film suffers from a murky sound mix obscuring initial dialog, which already is difficult to make out with the Cajun accents.

Scorchers

UK

Production

Goldcrest. Director David Beaird; Producer Morrie Eisenman, Richard Hellman; Screenplay David Beaird; Camera Peter Deming; Editor David Garfield; Music Carter Burwell; Art Director Bill Eigenbrodt

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1992. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Emily Lloyd Jennifer Tilly Leland Crooke Faye Dunaway James Earl Jones Denholm Elliott
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