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Catch a Falling Star (2000)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | TV Movie 5 March 2000
Sydney Clarke is a spoiled famous actress who is shooting a film when she suddenly gets angry and storms off. She wakes up in the middle of nowhere and gets a ride to a small New England ... See full summary »

Director:

Bob Clark

Writers:

Josh Goldstein (screenplay), Josh Goldstein (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sela Ward ... Sydney Clarke, aka Cheryl Belson
Rebecca Jenkins Rebecca Jenkins ... Joyce McMurphy
Andrew Jackson ... Ryan Steele
Jane Curtin ... Fran
John Slattery ... Ben Cameron
Carlo Rota ... Harry Goldberg
Vince Corazza ... Pete Cameron (as Vincent Corazza)
Nigel Bennett ... Carter Hale
Rhonda McLean ... CeeCee Cameron
Cliff Saunders ... Otis
Kathryn MacLellan ... Brenda
Karl Pruner Karl Pruner ... Dick Baker
Dave Nichols Dave Nichols ... Richard
Brock Ward Brock Ward ... Walter
Leslie Carlson ... Man at Station
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Sydney Clarke is a spoiled famous actress who is shooting a film when she suddenly gets angry and storms off. She wakes up in the middle of nowhere and gets a ride to a small New England town. There she meets and develops a friendship with Joyce, a waitress at a bowling alley. There she meets Ben, a steel mill owner, and later when she goes to get a job in that small town, she meets Ben again. Sydney becomes a nurse at the mill. All the men adore her. There they have many great times together, and Sydney realizes how important real friends are and that small towns are better than big name Hollywood. Written by DANIEL

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Stranded in a small town, true love prepares a spoiled movie star for the role of a lifetime... herself.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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TV-PG
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fugindo da Fama See more »

Filming Locations:

Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Candlestick Pins, that were in the movie are one of three different bowling games in Canada using the smaller bowling bowls. The other games are 5 Pins and Duck Pins. See more »

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Features Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (1995) See more »

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Inoffensive fare... doesn't mean it's good.
8 May 2001 | by HenryHextonEsqSee all my reviews

This effort is routinely - if not garishly, more's the pity - formulaic in its plot, situation and characters. It is certainly bland and bears the standard airbrushed feel-goodery of the bland-B-Picture, the TV-Movie. It is only really worth a few marks for a *relatively* fair script, performances with just a pinch of life, and it is slightly less annoying than the worst of its kind, or indeed many of the more successful U.S. 'blockbuster' pictures of today. I felt it could maybe have been a bit more economical and kept the running time down below 80 minutes; after all, do I really want to watch this general sort of insipidity for half an hour, let alone 90-120 minutes...!? And, obviously, I would rather the scriptwriters had thrown their weight behind a few more quirks or added even any emotional depth.

Acting is far from awful, a la "Showgirls" or "Starship Troopers"; it is merely competent if bland, much like a middling TV soap. The main character Sydney Clarke is played by Sela Ward, who just about manages to carry this TVM; she is an inept actress who simply undergoes a change of pace in her life for a while. Yes... this is scintallating stuff, I mark ye! ;) Ward does play her character with some charm, making her likable and wispy, even if she fits resolutely into the ultimately saccharine world of the film. Ward, an older actress at 43 when she played this 36-year-old uses perhaps that extra experience to treat the whole thing on occasion with a dry levity - the scene where Sydney ineptly renders a Shakespeare soliloquy is admittedly fun, after a fashion.

To be frank, as a picture, this is quite forgettable, but certainly not due too much criticism; 'tis after all, small-fry, though unfortunately these things do get quite regular showings on UK TV - Channel 5 most likely, but not just - during the afternoon. This is explicitly not a film - or TVM - to go out of one's way for, or indeed stay in for. It isn't even quite worth a sole viewing on TV, despite the dainty turn of Sela Ward, who is just about the only performer to show signs of jocund life. Who, indeed, wants to fully take this whole story seriously, who is not part of its U.S. TV target-audience? No... I thought I didn't see any hands up at the back, ladies, fellers, felons... ;)


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