Saturday, August 6, 2016

Eternity (1990)

How bad is it? It's weird, preachy and very low budget.
Should you see it? Tough call... a marginal yes.

Stephen Paul, of "Never Too Young to Die" fame, directed this. Though there seems to have been no budget, this stars Jon Voight, Armand Assante and Wilford Brimley and also has Frankie Valli and Kaye Ballard in small roles. It starts off as a story about a medieval ruling family and a gypsy girl, but that turns out to be the dream of a TV talk show host. Real life seems to be mirroring the dream, so Voight decides to use the dream for guidance. Then things get weird. There's a string quartet at a trial, some Billy Jack-like moments dealing with Native Americans, seduction during a slide show, a military boot camp for delinquent girls, love curing comas and, in the end, straight out of "It's a Wonderful Life," everyone chips in cash to save the day and then they recall their past lives IN COSTUME. The film's very preachy about some odd beliefs, the castle is just a matte painting and the film meanders for two hours. Watch at your own risk.

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