Picks and Pans Review: A Season of Hope
CBS (Sun., Jan. 8, 9 p.m. ET)
In another touching Hallmark Hall of Fame portrait of rusticana, Stephen Lang plays a hard-squeezed Florida lemon farmer facing a citrus blight. JoBeth Williams plays his wife.
Out of the wild blue yonder, Lang's father (Ralph Waite) turns up. He had walked out of the grove and away from his family three decades before to lead the more enticing life of a deep-sea charter-boat captain. Lang has never forgiven him that selfish decision. Providently enough, Waite returns at the same time that his 18-year-old grandson (Jeremy London) decides he wants more out of life than farming. Guess that responsibility gene, like the one for left-handedness, skips a generation.
Like most of its Hallmark cousins, the film is distinguished by an indelible sense of place, fine acting and a strong emotional undertow.
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