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The Turning (1992)

R | | Drama | 2 May 1992 (USA)
A white supremacist returns to his hometown for the first time in years to try and save his parents' relationship.

Director:

L.A. Puopolo

Writers:

L.A. Puopolo (screenplay), Chris Ceraso (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Karen Allen ... Glory Lawson
Raymond J. Barry ... Mark Harnish
Michael Dolan Michael Dolan ... Clifford Harnish
Tess Harper ... Martha Harnish
Gillian Anderson ... April Cavanaugh
Jim Simmons Jim Simmons ... Mayor
Madison Arnold ... Mr. Cavanaugh
Tannis Benedict ... Vivian Sinott
John Newton John Newton ... Mr. Creasy
William B. O'Boyle William B. O'Boyle ... Pete Tarosky (as Bill O'Boyle)
Murphy Larson Murphy Larson ... Rita Smithson
Michael P. Moran Michael P. Moran ... Jim McCutcheon
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After 4 years, Clifford Harnish returns to his hometown of Pocahontas, Virginia, hoping to save his family and make for himself the happy childhood he never had. Unfortunately, he has arrived just in time to see his parents' divorce made final. He also gets to watch his mother sink into an alcoholic depression while his father builds a new life with a new woman. Soon Cliff decides to take matters into his own hands, using the methods he learned while traipsing the country with Neo-Nazis. Adapted from the play "Home Fires Burning." Written by Chris Holland <stomptokyo@aol.com>

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Rated R for some terror and language, and for a scene of sexuality. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1992 (USA) See more »

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Home Fires Burning See more »

Filming Locations:

Pocahontas, Virginia, USA

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Color (Technicolor)
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Film debut of Gillian Anderson. See more »

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References Modern Times (1936) See more »

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Make Up And Faded Blue Jeans
Written by Merle Haggard
Performed by Merle Haggard
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Interesting film about a Neo-Nazis young man facing reality
22 November 2006 | by fesenmsSee all my reviews

The West Virginia International Film Festival screened this film in fall 1997 with the director present. The film was made on the border between West Virginia and Virginia. Mr. Puopolo gave a great introduction and answered many questions. The basic idea of the film - a young man returning home after living with Neo-Nazis - is unique in my film experience. Too bad Ms. Anderson wasn't in more of the film - but given its unique storyline, and fairly good visuals, etc. it is an interesting film. One should never judge a film by its poster - or video cover.

It is certainly a B film - like other classics such as "Cockfighter" and "Two-Lane Blacktop." This film should be judged for what it is - a low budget independent film that captures some of the reality of life in America's working class world.


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