A rural couple (Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek) battle against nature and the machinations of a local landowner (Scott Glenn) in this well-shot, but fairly inconsequential drama from director Mark Rydell.
Besides the pretty scenery, the film is chiefly of interest for a pre-superstardom Gibson, taking the kind of unsympathetic role that would give studios heartburn nowadays.
The film is great evidence of Mel’s matinee idol looks and baby-blue sexuality, but it’s not one of his best performances and is hampered by a superficial script that gives the protagonists an unlikely “love rivals” backstory.
Billy Green Bush
Becky Jo Lynch