Release Date: January 01, 1970
Genre: Comic drama
Audience: Teenagers & adults
Runtime: 106 minutes
Distributor: Fine Line Features
Director: John Irvin
Producer: Jo Manuel
Writer: Hugh Leonard
Address Comments To:
(B, L) Biblical worldview somewhat flawed by the premise that deception brings about justice, although the deception is regretted; and, 3 obscenities.
When a newly arrived American widow sets her eyes on the wealthy son of an Irish town's ruling widow, a fierce rivalry ensues and all is not as it seems in the intriguing, comic, whodunit film, WIDOW'S PEAK, starring Mia Farrow and Joan Plowright. Marred only by a few obscenities and a premise that deception can bring about justice, WIDOW'S PEAK is a wonderfully scripted, acted and directed film, with beautiful cinematography and exquisite visuals.
In the cozy, Irish town of Kilshannon, circa 1920's, a group of haughty and wealthy widows, lead by the imperious "Mammie" (an excellent Joan Plowright), live atop a hill called Widow's Peak from which they hand down the town's rules of decorum and status, much to the ruin of any wayward lass, in the delightful comedy WIDOW'S PEAK. When Edwina Broom (Natasha Richardson), a newly arrived American widow, who also happens to be young and beautiful, sets her eyes on the wealthy son of the town's ruling widow, a fierce rivalry ensues as her designs are confronted by the town's resident spinster, Kathleen O'Hare (Mia Farrow). The women take turns digging up each other's skeletons and succeed only in destroying each other's designs for marriage. However, all is not as it seems in this intriguing tale, and in a comic, whodunit finale and a wonderful surprise ending, all parties receive their just desserts--from the haughty, controlling widows, to Kathleen and Edwina.
Marred only by a sprinkling of obscenities and a premise that deception can bring about justice, though the decption is regretted, WIDOW'S PEAK is an otherwise wonderfully scripted, acted and directed film, with excellent performances by Mia Farrow and Joan Plowright. Also, it is a beautiful film to watch for the cinematography does justice and then some to the beautiful Irish landscape and the exquisite costuming.