This material would never have attracted a major studio, so Christy Walton — heir to the Wal-Mart fortune — financed the picture herself, not because of any desire to become a movie mogul but simply because of her passion for the novel. She allowed the filmmakers to work without major stars or obvious commercial hooks added to the story. Although the film doesn’t always sustain dramatic impact, its fidelity to the spirit of the novel is impressive. show more
Carl Franklin's film is true to the tone and spirit of the book. It is patient and in no hurry. It allows a balanced eye for the people in its hero's family who tug him one way and another. show more
The results are pretty, and sometimes beautiful. They're also a tad stiff, and the dialogue and voice-over narration sometimes has the ring of a scrupulously faithful adaptation. show more
BACK IN THE 70s WE READ THIS IN ONE OF MY CHICANO STUDIES CLASSES AT CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE....ALWAYS A FAVORITE...AND WAS ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE MOVIE ...I WAITED A LONG TIME! I AM ON MY WAY TO VIEW IT,....HOPE IT IS AS GOOD AS THE BOOK...AND KUDOS TO DENNIS MARTINEZ...THE BOOKs ILLUSTRATOR...
Brillliant, gentle and beautiful film of life in northern New Mexico in the mid 1940\'s , post WWII