Although fortunes unfold at a pace unhurried by today’s standards, and the melodramatic final reel flirts with incredulity, the film’s affirmation that it’s never too late to set lives in order carries a ruminative emotional charge. While MacLaine’s indomitable form is something to see, the story’s awkward contrivances prove insurmountable. With all the will in the world, this is a mere footnote to Attenborough’s filmography.
Closing the Ring
|Stars:||Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Dylan Roberts, Gene Dinovi, Neve Campbell, Allan Hawco, Pete Postlethwaite, Martin McCann, Steve Franks, Chris Benson, John Travers|