I loved this film when I saw it in a theater, and I love it just as much watching it again today on DVD. The story is quintessential country, not unlike the world of some of my own work, plays like Country Northwestern and Waitresses, stories set in the overpowering western landscape, wrapped in country music the way a Greek chorus wraps up classical tragedy. The stories are always the same, and they never fail to move me. And, often and typical, booze complicates love and casts a dark shadow over positive possibilities. Here the hero loses the girl, in one context, but wins back his life. My endings are usually darker.
Charles Deemer teaches screenwriting at Portland State University. He is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and pioneer in hyperdrama. He was the editor of Oregon Literary Review and the artistic director of Small Screen Video.
"Having written almost daily for over 40 years, I can say that writing is not a job or a vocation or a profession--it is an existence. It is a way of being in the world."
"Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street." Mary Ellen Lease, 1890
"All humanity's troubles come from not knowing how to sit still in one room," - Blaise Pascal.