Violets Are Blue... (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Violets Are Blue... (1986)




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This small-town romance may be trying to ride the coattails of the Big Chill that also featured Kevin Kline. Kline plays Henry here, and when the film opens he and his love Gussie Sawyer (Sissy Spacek, wife of director Jack Fisk), are sitting together planning the future they will have. She will be a flight attendant and he will get a college degree. Yet when they part, so does their destiny. By a quirk of fate, Gussie starts taking photos for an in-flight magazine and ends up an ace photographer while Henry has stayed in their small town to run the newspaper after his dad died. When Gussie comes back for a vacation 15 years later the two old sweethearts find that the embers that burned so low over the last many years are heating up again. No one in the town is unaware of what is going on, and Gussie is in for a lecture from her dad while Henry hears it like it is from his wife. But will that change the course of their relationship?

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Sissy Spacek
as Augusta 'Gussie' Sawyer
Kevin Kline
as Henry Squires
Megan Malloly
as Kathleen
Megan Malooly
as Kathleen
Kathleen Fannon
as Girl's Mother
Douglas Roberts
as Lloyd Lynch
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Critic Reviews for Violets Are Blue...

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

It's not necessarily the movie we expect it to be, and Spacek doesn't necessarily play the role we expect from her. It's a movie about adults making some hard choices, facing some inflexible realities in their lives.

July 24, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's worth seeing Violets Are Blue just to enjoy superb stars Sissy Spacek, Kevin Kline, and Bonnie Bedelia. But the picture, directed by Jack Fisk and scripted by Naomi Foner, has other attributes.

November 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Disappointing romantic muddle

February 21, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Addresses the complex choices many people have to make as they come face to face with the dreams of their youth and the realities of middle-age.

September 1, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Violets Are Blue...


Slow moving but not bad film, Kevin and Sissy are good as always but Bonnie Bedelia wraps it up as the wronged wife.

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