Picks and Pans Review: Redwood Curtain
updated 04/24/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/24/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT
In this adaptation of Lanford Wilson's drama, Lea (Miss Saigon) Salonga plays an adopted Amerasian teen, a celebrated piano prodigy who longs to find out about her birth parents, an American GI and a Vietnamese florist.
She becomes convinced that her father may be among a group of scraggly, emotionally disturbed vets living singly in the ancient redwood forests of Northern California. Conveniently, Salonga's aunt (Debra Monk) lives in a rustic town in the region. The young lady fixes on a misanthropic mumbler (Jeff Daniels) as her likely progenitor.
There's a laminated atmosphere to this Hallmark Hall of Fame production. Despite its immersion in big issues like identity and allegiance, the film remains artificial and unemotional.