- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 13, 2004
- Originally Released: 1987
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- Dolby Digital Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 04/11/1986
"...There is something revolutionary about a movie in which one has to pay attention to the dialogue....A smoothly coordinated community effort, though Hallie Foote...is first among the equals..."
Variety - 01/29/1986
"...Some very quiet but palpable dramatic explosions which create some genuinely earned emotional effects..."
Written by Academy Award winner Horton Foote, the film follows the life of a young woman who shocks the people of her small southern town by marrying a man from the wrong side of the tracks. They marry on Valentine's Day and take a room in the house of an impoverished family where their lives soon become intertwined with their fellow boarders.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Elizabeth defies her wealthy parents by running off and marrying a young man of humble prospects, and her parents have not spoken to her since even though the couple lives in a rooming house nearby, they are struggling financially, and she is pregnant. The story of unselfish love between a man and a woman and the abiding love within a family, this American classic explores the enduring themes of human existence.
"On Valentine's Day" is the prequel to "1918," the first installment of playwright Horton Foote's trilogy about small town Texas life adapted for the screen.
Set in Wharton, Texas, "On Valentine's Day" focuses on newlyweds Elizabeth and Horace Robedaux -- characters based on the playwright's own mother and father. The lovers eloped on Valentine's Day, 1917, but their marriage faced obstacles from the start: Elizabeth's wealthy parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn, cut off relations with their daughter because they opposed the union. (Horace's humble origins didn't suit them.) The Vaughns do not even relent when the financially pressed couple moves to a boarding house in Wharton in an attempt to save money. But after suffering her family's coldness for some time, Elizabeth determines that, somehow, she must try to make peace with her loved ones once again.
- Copyright: 1986 1917 Partnership.
- A Guadalupe/Hudson Production.
- Color by DuArt.
- Additional cast: Carol Goodheart (Miss Ruth); Jeanne McCarthy (Bessie); Irma Hall (Aunt Charity); Oskar Kelly (Old Black Man); Bill McGhee (Sam); Tim Green (Sheriff); Peyton Park (Dr. Goodhue); Ed Holmes (Ned); Artist Thornton (Young Black Man); Jack Gould (Baptist Preacher).
- Additional crew: James Crosby (associate producer); Donnasau Schiller (set decoration).