TEARS IN THE RAIN, made in 1988 and released to video to capitalize on Sharon Stone's celebrity, is essentially an old-fashioned weepie that aims for currency by pussyfooting around the subject of incest. Capably acted on a modest budget, this soapy drama is a Harlequin Romance come to
life: guilt over forbidden passion assails the lovers' consciences, copious tears are shed, and love conveniently conquers all.
Beautiful American horse breeder Casey Cantrell (Sharon Stone) is entrusted with a mysterious letter from her late mother to Sir Richard Bredon (Paul Daneman). Climbing over the wall of the Bredon estate in an attempt to deliver the letter in person, Casey's detained by young Michael Bredon
(Christopher Cazenove), a GQ ad come to life. Sparks fly between Casey and Michael; meanwhile, his friend and rival Hamdan Al Dubal (Leigh Lawson) tries to make time with the dishy American as well. Lord Bredon refuses the letter and denies any knowledge of Casey's mom; at Hamdan's soiree, he
accuses Casey of attempting to blackmail him. Despite these worrying accusations, Michael and Casey can't keep their hands off each other and soon make wedding plans.
Flashbacks reveal that during WWII, Richard (Harry Burton), then an RAF flyer, had an affair with Jessie Cantrell (Colette Stevens), who believed her husband had been killed in combat. Their romance degenerates under a cloud of missed connections and the seeds of mistrust sown by jealous Emily
(Rachel Dowling). Learning she's not a widow and is pregnant by Richard, Jessie allows Emily to adopt her baby, Michael, and raise it with her new husband, Richard. Does this mean Michael Bredon and Casey are brother and sister? Luckily, by the time the Bredon clan is acrimoniously divided and
Casey is a total basket case, Hamdan shares some information he just received from a private eye in the USA: Casey is also adopted. With the way legally and morally cleared for the marriage, Richard can relive his tragic love affair vicariously through Casey and Michael--this time with happier
Respectably made but veddy proper, TEARS IN THE RAIN could use some of the overweening breast-beating and extravagance of the great soap operas of Hollywood's Golden Age. (Judging by the chintzy flashbacks, it could have used a fraction of their budgets for better sets and costumes, too.)
Because this is not full-throttle melodrama, viewers may nod off from time to time; still, this tasteful weepie provides a calmly compelling escape valve. The leading players are lovely to look at; the forbidden love saga is complicated enough to hold interest. Directed at a leisurely pace, TEARS
IN THE RAIN affords plenty of time to reach for the Kleenex. (Profanity, extensive nudity.)
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- Released: 1988
- Rating: NR
- Review: TEARS IN THE RAIN, made in 1988 and released to video to capitalize on Sharon Stone's celebrity, is essentially an old-fashioned weepie that aims for currency by pussyfooting around the subject of incest. Capably acted on a modest budget, this soapy drama… (more)