Bitter Harvest (1993 film)

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Bitter Harvest
Bitter Harvest 1993 Film.jpg
Australian DVD cover of "Bitter Harvest"
Directed by Duane Clark
Produced by Gary Binkow
Steven Paul
Eric M. Breiman (line producer)
Barry L. Collier (executive producer)
Written by Randall Fontana
Starring Stephen Baldwin
Patsy Kensit
Jennifer Rubin
Music by Michael Tavera (as Mike Tavera)
Edited by Paul Petschek
Production
company
Crystal Sky Worldwide, Prism Entertainment Corporation
Distributed by Prism Entertainment Corporation
Release dates November 3, 1993 (1993-11-03)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Bitter Harvest is a 1993 thriller/drama film starring Stephen Baldwin, Patsy Kensit and Jennifer Rubin. It was directed by Duane Clark. The film was released on November 3, 1993.[1]

Background[edit]

The film stars Stephen Baldwin as Travis, Patsy Kensit as Jolene and Jennifer Rubin as Kelly Ann. Others in the film include Adam Baldwin as Bobby, M. Emmet Walsh as Sheriff Bob, James Crittenden as Lester, Art Evans as Earl Yates, Joanna Jackson as Lutie Yates, Ed Morgan as Judge Henry McGrath and David Powledge as Andrew Taylor.[2]

The film was originally released on VHS in America where it now remains out-of-print, unavailable in the country on DVD.[3] An all-region Australian import DVD was later released,[4] as well as a Spanish import DVD,[5] and a Dutch import DVD.[6]

The film's tagline reads "A triangle of innocence, sin ... and murder."[4]

Plot[edit]

Travis, a lonely and rather foolish young man, has just lost his abusive father, who left all of his money to a TV preacher, but left his valuable coin collection and his large farm to Baldwin. when Kelly Ann, an attractive hitchhiker walks into his life. At the same time, another attractive blonde, Jolene, starts taking an interest in Travis after supposedly wanting to buy the farm. Both women are secretly after something, but wide-eyed Baldwin, in need of emotional aid and comfort after the death of his father, finds himself the object of the girls' attentions. Even when he realizes he's being played for a chump, Travis hasn't got the inclination to escape the ladies' clutches. And then things take a sinister turn.[7][8]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Hal Erickson of Allmovie gave the film three out of five stars, stating "When the call went out for a Baldwin, Stephen answered and was cast in the lead of Bitter Harvest. Patsy Kensit and Jennifer Rubin costar as a pair of oversexed young ladies who get their jollies by victimizing their male lovers. Wide-eyed Baldwin, in need of emotional aid and comfort after the death of his father, finds himself the object of the girls' attentions. Even when he realizes he's being played for a chump, Baldwin hasn't got the inclination to escape the ladies' clutches. And then things take a sinister turn."[9]

Chris Parry of EFilmCritic gave the film one and a half stars out of five, stating "Sure, Stephen Baldwin isn't generally a name you associate with movies that make a lot of sense (Usual Suspects notwithstanding), but this thing is so totally boring and unrealistic that it's really hard to watch. If not for the nudity of the gals (which, granted, is very nice and very prevalent), there'd honestly be nothing else to watch here but Baldwin's mullet. The direction, by TV hack Duane Clark, manages to introduce tons of sub-plots (such as flashbacks to a mysterious robed figure) then completely ignore them for the remainder of the film. The continual staring of Baldwin's character at a badly painted portrait of a stern old dude would be far less funny if they weren't accompanied by 'mysterious music' that leaves you wondering when the painting's eyes are going to move. They never do, though yours will. They'll roll back into your head if you sit through this dreck."[10]

Scoopy gave an unfavorable review and wrote "Bitter Harvest is a bad erotic thriller. There was a time I lost all interest in where the plot was going, and the nudity was over by then as well."[11]

For the DVD & Video Guide 2005, authors Mick Martin and Marsha Porter gave a rating of two stars out of five and wrote "Baldwin is good, but excessive subplots lessen the film's impact."[12] The book VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever gave a rating of two out of five stars.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106418/releaseinfo
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106418/fullcredits#cast
  3. ^ "Bitter Harvest [VHS]: Patsy Kensit, Stephen Baldwin, Jennifer Rubin, Adam Baldwin, M. Emmet Walsh, James Crittenden, Art Evans, Joanna Jackson, Ed Morgan, David Powledge, Jim Lovelett, William Dennis Hurley, Adam Kane, Duane Clark, Paul Petschek, Barry L. Collier, Eric M. Breiman, Gary Binkow, Steven Paul, Randall Fontana: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  4. ^ a b "Bitter Harvest DVD All Regions PAL Patsy Kensit Jennifer Rubin: Amazon.co.uk: Stephen Baldwin, Patsy Kensit, Jennifer Rubin, Duane Clark: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  5. ^ "Bitter Harvest (Coseche De Traicion) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - Spain ]: Stephen Baldwin, Adam Baldwin, Patsy Kensit, Jennifer Rubin, M. Emmet Walsh, Duane Clark: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  6. ^ "Bitter Harvest (1993) on Movie Collector Connect". Connect.collectorz.com. 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106418/plotsummary
  8. ^ "Bitter Harvest - Cast, Reviews, Summary, and Awards". AllMovie. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  9. ^ "Bitter Harvest - Cast, Reviews, Summary, and Awards". AllMovie. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  10. ^ "Movie Review - Bitter Harvest (1993)". eFilmCritic. 1993-02-02. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  11. ^ Uncle Scoopy. "Bitter Harvest". Scoopy.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  12. ^ DVD & video guide 2005 - Mick Martin, Marsha Porter - Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  13. ^ VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever - Jim Craddock - Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 

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