How to Make an American Quilt
First screened in October 1995 / Most recently screened in July 2015
Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse. Cast: Winona Ryder, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft, Maya Angelou, Jean Simmons, Lois Smith, Kate Nelligan, Alfre Woodard, Dermot Mulroney, Johnathon Schaech, Samantha Mathis, Joanna Going, Alicia Goranson, Claire Danes, Rip Torn, Tim Guinee, Derrick O'Connor, Loren Dean, Mykelti Williamson, Tamala Jones, Esther Rolle, María Celedonio, Jared Leto, Harvey E. Lee Jr, Holland Taylor, Denis Arndt, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland, Matt Zusser, Ari Meyers. Screenplay: Jane Anderson (based on the novel by Whitney Otto).

Twitter Capsule: Tantalizing in concept but grimly executed, as if embalmed in honey. Near-peerless cast spins wheels.

VOR:   Any movie that packs this many women into this many lead roles, especially this many actresses of this caliber, is nothing to take for granted. Though this one practically goads you to.

Photo © 1995 Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: D

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