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The Flamingo Rising (2001)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 4 February 2001
When Hubert Lee decides to open the world's largest drive-in movie theater across the street from a funeral parlor, a feud erupts between Lee and Turner Knight, the owner of the funeral ... See full summary »

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Martha Coolidge

Writers:

Larry Baker (novel), Richard Russo (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Turner Knight
Elizabeth McGovern ... Edna Lee
Brian Benben ... Hubert T. Lee
Angela Bettis ... Alice King
Erin Broderick Erin Broderick ... Grace Knight
Olivia Oguma ... Louise Janine Lee
Joe Torry ... Pete Moss
Christopher Larkin ... Abraham Jacob Lee
John Gallagher Jr. ... Gary
Lorie Baker ... Polly
Kurt Smildsin Kurt Smildsin ... Fireworks Driver
Dwayne Holden ... West's Son
Elizabeth Dimon Elizabeth Dimon ... Nun
Peggy Sheffield Peggy Sheffield ... Mother Superior
Randall Franks ... Officer Randy Kraft
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When Hubert Lee decides to open the world's largest drive-in movie theater across the street from a funeral parlor, a feud erupts between Lee and Turner Knight, the owner of the funeral home. As Lee's many promotional ideas become more and more outrageous, he continues to enrage Knight until one of the promotions backfires with grave consequences. Written by <jan.lipsansky@volny.cz>

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For the Lee family, life isn't like the movies. It's much, much bigger.

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

CBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Flamingo Rising (#50.3) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Characters Shallow, Buffoony; Subject Matter Not Handled w/ Dignity
26 August 2007 | by spido-3See all my reviews

Even though the subject matter of this film was appealing, the terribly shallow character portrayals and almost cartoonish-plot & characters was just appalling.

The subject matter was far too SERIOUS for the goofy way in which these characters--especially the adults--were portrayed. The father, the undertaker, the mother, and the airplane pilot all acted mostly like caricatures--buffoons. The kids seemed to have more smarts and sensitivity than the adults in this picture.

Another thing that was a big turnoff was the constant HARPING about the so-called "glories of adoption" vs. biological families. Doesn't Hallmark EVER get tired of this dreary theme and clearly-political nonsense? They're as bad as ABC & BahBah Wah-Wah (Barb Walters) with their relentless cramming adoption down the throats of viewers. It sure gets old.

The subject matter in this film should have been handled with more dignity and less lunacy. The ending was especially ridiculous...

This movie was disappointing for all the above reasons.


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