Walking Across Egypt (17-Dec-1999)|
Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Writer: Paul Tamasy (screenplay)
From novel by: Clyde Edgerton
Review by anonymous (posted on 6-Jul-2005)
This is a terrific little
film about a sixteen year old boy Wesley (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) who
is befriended by an elderly woman Mattie (Ellen Burtsyn) who teaches him
the vaule of honesty and sincerity in life. Mattie is about to be
placed in an old age home by her daughter who is dismayed about
Mattie's prospects in life. Mattie considers herself too old to keep
even a dog and so gives it to the local dog catcher played by Mark
Hamil. This dog catcher's newphew is Wesley, a troubled young man in
reform school because of a stolen car. Inspired by a Sunday sermon,
Mattie goes to the Young Men's Rehabilitation Center to give Wesley a
piece of pound cake and iced tea. Touched by the sudden kindness,
Wesley calls Mattie his grandmother. Wesley soon gets into a fight with
a mean young con named Johnny who of course insults Wesley's
grandmother and who goes into the hole on the strength of Wesley's lie.
Wesley decides this seems a good time to split the reform school. He
goes to his uncle's house in yet another stolen car and follows his
uncle to Mattie's with whom he spends first a meal, then more time.
Mattie's family and friends start to worry about the young intruder.
Mattie's gentle kindness eventually serves to convert Wesley into a
kinder, more honest boy. The chemistry between Wesley and Mattie is
magical. Ellen Burstyn is a great actress and Jonathan Taylor Thomas is
fine as Wesley. The ensemble cast is also very good. I like Judge
Reinhold and Mark Hamil and like to see that they are still working.
Gwen Verdon and Harve Presnell are also good as the next door neighbors
who are concerned about Mattie. This is a worthwhile movie.
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