Plot & Details
Kim Hunter, the woman who played the legendary Stella Kowalski in 1951's A Streetcar Named Desire, finds herself in another production revolving around madness and psychological instability, though this time from a more geriatric point-of-view. Douglas Green's feature directorial debut, based on Mitch Giannunzio's play A Smaller Place, stars Hunter as Muriel, a home-bound senior frequently tended to by her just under 50-year-old son Jack (Timothy Bottoms). She's beginning to mention her deceased husband as if her were still alive, and she frequently acts as if Jack is a young man who wants to date her. Distressed, Jack is forced to admit her to a nursing home -- something his wife Holly (Kim Greist) has wanted all along -- and as he prepares to ship Muriel and her belongings away, he's forced to face painful truths about his childhood and how it might have affected his adult life.