Rolling Stone - 10/19/1989
"...Peck radiates dignity, intelligence and quiet strength..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/06/1989
"...[Featuring] a nicely unsentimental performance by one of its two certified movie stars, Gregory Peck....Probably one of the best of his career..."
A middle-aged spinster (Jane Fonda) decides to escape her cloistered New England life by taking a job as a governess in Mexico. There she falls in love with a passionate young general fighting in Pancho Villa's army, while at the same time finding herself drawn to a mysterious, aging American man. The American turns out to be the journalist Ambrose Bierce (Gregory Peck), who disappeared in Mexico in 1913. The three characters become enmeshed in a love triangle that plays itself out against the dramatic backdrop of the Mexican Revolution. Based on Carlos Fuentes' novel.
A spinster American schoolteacher travels to a hacienda in Mexico to teach the children of a wealthy landowner and to find a new life across the frontier. What she finds is a general in Pancho Villa's Revolutionary Army who is also the bastard son of the landowner, and the landowner, himself, a journalist on a quest for adventure and death.
Shot on location in Venta de Cruz, Zacatecas and Mexico City, Mexico. Color by DeLuxe.
It was the closing film at the Cannes Film Festival, May 23, 1989 (offical selection, non-competing). Also shown at the Norwegian Film Festival in Haugesund, August 19-25, 1989.
The film is dedicated to the memory of Tessa Davies.
Fonda Films Productions is Jane Fonda's production company.
Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Censors.