Movie Reviews: Out of Time




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       Showtime (1hr. 34min.)
     A modern retelling of the classic fairytale Rip Van Winkle.
     James McDaniel, Mel Harris, August Schellenberg, Ken Pogue, Karen R. Holness, Neil Denis.
Bottom Line:

Sylvia L. Dawson

Showtime has an uncanny knack of producing not just quality family movies, but actual entertaining films whether their dramas like A Summer Storm -- shown earlier this Spring -- or whimsical fairytales such Out of Time -- a genuinely entertaining retelling of Rip Van Winkle.

NYPD Blue's James McDaniel, plays a near-do-well family man who is an idealist and a nature lover. McDaniel fights to keep industry and big business interest from encroaching on the small Oregon town, where he's has spent most of his life. He's also a war veteran and town hero.

During the town's Founders Day Parade, McDaniel, who is suffering from leukemia, begins to see the ghosts of the town's founder fathers following him. One day he chases them into the forest and they convince him to drink from a mysterious spring. McDaniel falls asleep for 20 years. When he awakens everything is changed. His daughter is grown and has a child and his pastoral surroundings are being developed by a rival who has married his wife. McDaniel tries to save the town from developers, win his wife back and find a cure for his illness.

Out of Time is a truly entertaining film for children of all ages.



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