The 1985 American film “Agnes of God”, adapted by screenwriter John Pielmeier from his own play of the same name, features lead actress Jane Fonda as the main character Dr. Martha Livingston. In the story, Martha is a chain-smoker, but in real life Fonda had quit smoking ten years before she made this movie so, for the role, she smoked reed cigarettes. Reed cigarettes are non-toxic, tobacco-free cigarettes made from cattail reeds, which are sold in health stores to people who are trying to quit smoking.
“You can’t lose something that is part of you. It will always be there.”
– Phillip Reed, “Madame X”
The American animated children’s television series “PB&J Otter” (1998-2001) was created by Jim Jinkins, the creator of the American animated sitcom “Doug” (1991-1999) and executive-produced by David Campbell in close conjunction with Harvard University’s Cognitive Skills Group, “Project Zero”. The reason for this conjunction was the Group’s job was to monitor each and make sure the material had a positive educational message.
The 1985 American period drama film “The Color Purple” was directed by Steven Spielberg whose baby was born during the filming of this movie, and in the scene where the character Celie Harris Johnson (Played by Whoopi Goldberg) gives birth to the baby, the sound of the baby crying is the actual sound of the Spielbergs’ baby crying.
“Like Icarus we too have been given gifts – knowledge, education, experience. And with these gifts comes the responsibility of choice. We alone decide how our talents are bestowed upon the world. This is our destiny and we hold it in the palm of our hands.”
– Brad Renfro, “Apt Pupil”
The TNT television movie “Geronimo” (1993) debuted on television five days before the theatrical release of the 1993 film “Geronimo: An American Legend”. I wonder which one people consider to be better.
The 1984 American drama film “A Soldier’s Story”, based upon playwright Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Off Broadway production “A Soldier’s Play”, features the character Pvt. Henson, who was played by William Allen Young in the film version. However, in the original Off Broadway performance, actor Samuel L. Jackson actually originated the role. Guess Jackson really has been in everything, in one way or another.
“Nobody changes at summer camp. They merely find out who they are and become it more.”
– Brad Renfro, “Happy Campers”
The 1987 ABC miniseries “Queenie”, based on the eponymous novel by author Michael Korda. Korda actually has a personal connection to the subject matter. The story is based upon the life of Merle Oberon whose first husband was Alexander Korda, uncle of Michael Korda.
The 1998 Dutch film “Left Luggage” was the last film to feature actor Chaim Topol, famous for playing the lead character Tevye in the 1971 American musical comedy-drama film “Fiddler on the Roof”. In “Left Luggage” Topol played the character Yacov Apfelschnitt. However, it should be noted, Topol was in a short film that same year called “Time Elevator” where he played the character Shalem that premiered after “Left Luggage”.