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Movie Review: 'Second Best'

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Second Best (Movie - 1994)

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
performer:
Chris Cleary Miles, William Hurt
director:
Chris Menges
distributor:
Warner Bros.
author:
3758
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B-

A middle-aged postmaster (William Hurt) in a small Welsh village, whose early experiences have constricted his adult life, adopts an 11-year-old boy (Chris Cleary Miles) whose father is in jail and whose own psychological health has been wrecked at a tiny age. Hurt (why is he in the middle of a Welsh village?), in an odd reddish coif and bachelor-geek eyeglasses, turns in a studiously sensitive performance thick with Acting Technique. Miles, on the other hand, with no previous acting experience, is a natural. B-

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