The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995)
Robert Duvall's honest presence and an accomplished performance from Aidan Quinn headlines this pleasant 1930s nostalgia by director James Keach. Duvall is a delight to watch as a persistent old dreamer obsessed with striking black gold in depression era Texas, whereas Quinn, one of the most underrated performers of the 1990s, brings real depth to his struggling paterfamilias. The film isn't groundbreaking - it has a simple, but good heart and follows a familiar narrative graph shamelessly - but it is a very unspoiled tale, full of lust for life without being mushy. The perhaps most valuable asset here is the vivid recapturing of an interesting era and way of life from a period of transition in American history. The warmth and nostalgia shines through, and it works - mainly due to the truthfulness in the performances.