Melissa Pierson
February 23, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Stars Fell on Henrietta

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
109 minutes
performer
Robert Duvall, Frances Fisher, Aidan Quinn
director
James Keach
author
Philip Railsback
genre
Drama

We gave it an B-

Looking for the perfect movie to rent when Great-Aunt Hermione comes to visit? This is it. Everything about the gently meandering film The Stars Fell on Henrietta belongs to some long-past time: its ’30s Texas setting, its shaggy-dog plot about a wildcatter (Duvall) striking black gold on a dirt-poor farm, its arthritic pace, and its reluctance to provide a modern, bang-up payoff. Elderly relatives will find it sweet-tempered; everyone else may see it as a sleeper that forgot to get out of bed. B-

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