Limbo is an excellent melodrama about three wives whose husbands are missing or imprisoned in Vietnam. An outstanding script, terrific performances by a cast of relatively new players, and Robson’s finest direction in years add up to solid emotional impact.
The story is by Joan Micklin Silver. Kathleen Nolan is a mid-30s mother of four whose husband has been interned for years; Katherine Justice is a wealthy, sophisticated woman whose husband is technically missing, and she refuses to believe substantial evidence that he was killed; and Kate Jackson, in an outstanding performance, is a young girl, married only two weeks to her missing husband, who falls in love with another man.
Framework of the plot is a ride the three principal wives take to an airport where one man is returning.