But Beth and Kevin, who’s working as a mechanic to buy back the family cowfarm, are that much in love.
Cheryl, lurching occasionally into fantasy flashes, has her work cut out as far as Kevin is concerned. Cheryl’s more to be pitied than anything else because all these years her widowed dad (Larry Musser) hasn’t shown her love; as a result Kevin’s buddy Larry (Stephen Fanning) serves as a murder victim when Cheryl’s upset. Kevin doesn’t see through her overbaked vamping.
Graham gives his actors pretty free rein, so this vidpic doesn’t go in for many nuances. Secor proves a sincere, rise-above-it hero, but Thorne-Smith finds little to make Cheryl credible. Gold works the loving Beth as an ingenue, probably only way to go, and Fanning’s Larry is likable.
Poole’s script is “inspired by a true story,” the disclaimer warns, but some “plot elements” are “fictionalized”; names, locations, some events and characters are “altered for dramatic purposes.” It boils down to fiction, and routine fiction at that.
Production by Lynne Bespflug and Jayme Pfahl looks OK, with Tony Westman’s lensing serviceable, Drake Silliman’s editing good. Phil Schmidt’s design works well, and Chris Boardman’s score is helpful.