Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995)
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.