Produced for and originally broadcast in 1979 over network television, Too Far to Go is an affecting feature film dealing with marital breakup.
Scripted from stories by John Updike, pic utilizes witty, arch dialog in limning the separation and divorce of New England couple Richard and Joan Maple (Michael Moriarty and Blythe Danner). Flashbacks concisely detail happier times for the duo, with sexual matters ranging from infidelity to cessation of marital relations for several years.
Lead thesps shine, particularly Danner as the stronger of the couple. Moriarty is generally impressive within the limitations of a forced accent.
Outstanding in brief support are Josef Sommer as Richard’s accountant, laying down the law on alimony, Kathryn Walker as a chatty, family friend, Doran Clark as the eldest daughter – a beautiful, very natural actress, and Thomas Hill, as Joan’s psychiatrist.
Too Far to Go
Sea Cliff/Polytel. Director Fielder Cook; Producer Chiz Schultz; Screenplay William Hanley; Camera Walter Lassally; Editor Eric Albertson; Music Elizabeth Swados; Art Director Leon Munier
(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1982. Running time: 100 MIN.
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