Plot & Details
Adapted by Horton Foote from his own play, 1918 focuses on a small Texas town beset by a major flue epidemic during World War I. In this slow-paced, melancholy story of internecine family strife, Horace Robedaux (William Converse-Roberts) comes from the poor side of the town's citizenry, but he married into the landed gentry when he wed Elizabeth (Hallie Foote), a change that bothers him constantly. His father-in-law is a rigid though well-intentioned patriarch, and his mother-in-law is often at odds with Elizabeth -- the seeds of that friction undoubtedly lie in the family's opposition to Elizabeth marrying Horace. Besides, these wealthy parents treat Elizabeth and Horace as though they were still children -- and they are now the proud parents of a baby boy. Changes occur when Horace makes a sudden decision to go off to war, after assurances from his father-in-law that he will care for Elizabeth in the meantime -- and the flu epidemic strikes much closer to the family than anyone would have imagined. The film was later telecast as part of a Horton Foote trilogy on PBS' American Playhouse.
- MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 89min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 02/08/2003
- DVD Release Date: 07/13/2004
- Director(s): Ken Harrison
- Starring: William Converse-Roberts , Hallie Foote , Rochelle Oliver , Matthew Broderick , Jeanne McCarthy
- Themes: Battling Illness,Class Differences,Life on the Homefront,Star-Crossed Lovers
- Tone: Bittersweet,Earnest,Nostalgic,Stirring
- Keywords: Texan, class [social], epidemic, family-illness, family-strife, influenza, small-town, star-crossed-lovers, world-war
- Language: English