Violets Are Blue

  • 1986
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Romance

Opening with a prologue set in 1969, VIOLETS ARE BLUE is about Henry Squires (Kevin Kline) and Gussie Sawyer (Sissy Spacek), two lovers who pledge eternal devotion despite their separation when Henry goes off to college. Gussie ends up leaving their small, oceanside Maryland town as well and goes on to international acclaim as a photojournalist. Now, some...read more

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Opening with a prologue set in 1969, VIOLETS ARE BLUE is about Henry Squires (Kevin Kline) and Gussie Sawyer (Sissy Spacek), two lovers who pledge eternal devotion despite their separation when Henry goes off to college. Gussie ends up leaving their small, oceanside Maryland town as well

and goes on to international acclaim as a photojournalist. Now, some 15 years later, she returns for a vacation to her parents' home. Henry, who inherited the local newspaper after his father passed away, is married to Ruth (Bonnie Bedelia) and father of an adolescent son. After meeting at a boat

race, Henry and Gussie rekindle their long dormant romance. The film's glossy style projects importance when there's really no depth beneath the surface. Issues are raised, then ignored when their usefulness to the plot ceases. Kline and Spacek lack the chemistry to make their romance believable,

never generating any real passion. Surprisingly, Kline gives a one-note performance. Spacek, on the other hand, is too lighthearted to be taken seriously in her role. With the exception of the two name stars, there's nothing about VIOLETS ARE BLUE that separates it from any number of prosaic

made-for-television romances.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Opening with a prologue set in 1969, VIOLETS ARE BLUE is about Henry Squires (Kevin Kline) and Gussie Sawyer (Sissy Spacek), two lovers who pledge eternal devotion despite their separation when Henry goes off to college. Gussie ends up leaving their small,… (more)

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