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Genre  Drama
Music director  David Shire
Duration  
Country  United States
6.6/10 IMDb

Director  Glenn Jordan
Cast  James Woods, Anne Archer
Language  English
Writer  Robert Kimmel Smith, Eric Roth
Release date  January 2, 1994 (1994-01-02)
Related Glenn Jordan movies  James Woods appears in Janes House and Promise, Glenn Jordan directed Janes House and Barbarians at the Gate, Glenn Jordan directed Janes House and Sarah - Plain and Tall, Glenn Jordan directed Janes House and Dress Gray, Glenn Jordan directed Janes House and Les Miserables

A New York businesswoman (Anne Archer) weds a widower (James Woods) with children and lives in the home he shared with his wife.

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Janes House movie scenes In 1994 Jane Campion was only the second woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director

Janes House is a 1994 drama television film starring James Woods, Anne Archer and Melissa Lahlitah Crider. It was directed by Glenn Jordan, who had previously worked with Woods on the 1986 TV movie Promise and the 1991 TV movie The Boys. The film first aired on the CBS network on January 2, 1994.

The film was based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Robert Kimmel Smith. The book is an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and a nationwide best-seller.

Background

The film stars James Woods as Paul Clark, Anne Archer as Mary Parker and Melissa Lahlitah Crider as Hilary Clark. Others in the film included Graham Beckel as Charlie, Diane DAquila as Marion, Keegan MacIntosh as Bobby and Barry Bonds as himself.

The film was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Unlike many TV movies, Janes House was never released on VHS or DVD, leaving the film to be available unofficially only, recorded from a television showing.

After meeting each other during the film project, Woods announced his engagement to 23-year-old actress Melissa Lahlitah Crider in 1997, but their wedding was later called off, and they broke up in 2000.

Plot

Paul Clark and his children, Hilary and Bobby, are really down-hearted after the death of Jane, Pauls wife. After seventeen years of happy suburban marriage, Paul loses Jane to a heart attack, and is left alone to raise their two children. Paul also runs a couple of sporting-goods stores with his younger brother Charlie. Hilary needs advice on birth control, Bobby blames himself for his mothers having gone away, and Paul sleepwalks through his loss. This is until Mary Parker enters his life. A former tennis star who is now an agent and promoter of active athletes, something about Pauls courtliness attracts Mary, who never had time for childhood or marriage. She sends him Barry Bonds, the San Francisco Giants MVP outfielder, to sign baseballs at the sporting-goods store, and in return Paul sends her a pair of shoes. Soon they meet for coffee, listen to Mozart and have dinner, where they soon decide to live together. This appears to be very difficult as their characters are totally different, and so are their lifestyles. Mary is continuously reminded of the deceased Jane, where the children do not take well to their new stepmother. The film focuses on the struggle to make a new life after the experience of death and grief.

Cast

  • James Woods as Paul Clark
  • Anne Archer as Mary Parker
  • Melissa Lahlitah Crider as Hilary Clark
  • Graham Beckel as Charlie
  • Diane DAquila as Marion
  • Keegan MacIntosh as Bobby Clark
  • Barry Bonds as himself
  • Jeff Irvine as Paressi
  • Carrie Cain-Sparks as Gemma
  • Eric Keenleyside as Frank
  • Terence Kelly as the Judge
  • Fred Henderson as the Tailored Man
  • Austin Basile as Peter
  • Debbie Podowski as Woman #1
  • Donna Yamamoto as Woman #2
  • Lossen Chambers as Marys Assistant
  • Gabrielle Miller as the Girl
  • Mike McCormack as the Football Player
  • Robyn Driscoll as the Limo Driver
  • Diana Stevan (uncredited)
  • Reception

    Upon release, New York Magazine gave the film a favorable review and wrote, "In the agreeable "Janes House", whats so agreeable may be all those elements of the routine TV movie of the week that this one omits. There is neither stalking nor incest, not a single traumatic secret, nobody dies on-camera, and absolutely nothing is explained, sanctioned or abhorred by a lawyer of therapist. "Janes House" aspires to a troubled, Laurie Colwin sort of sweetness, and achieves it. None of the story would be remarkable except for the quiet performance of James Woods. After so much raw meat, this is vegetarian James Woods: baffled, decent, tentative, nostalgic, romantic, domestic. As his suffering was sotto voce, almost parenthetical, so his brand-new love is a hum, not a crescendo. Instead of raging, he accommodates. All the competitive edges belong to Anne Archer. In an odd (and affecting) reversal of traditional roles, once they all move out of their suburban memory palace, Woods will be the wife in his second marriage. Im not saying "Janes House" has anything so radical in mind. But in the hesitations of his portrayal, Woods leaves us room to imagine all kinds of things. For once, we arent bullied."

    Upon the films original broadcast, the Observer-Reporter gave the film three out of five stars, also writing a review under the headline "Woods, Archer outstanding in Janes House." The review stated, "Two exceptional performances raise the soap opera plot to a higher level. The "Jane" of the title is James Woods dead wife, who apparently was a "one of a kind" person who could do it all. Woods meets Ann Archer, a woman with a lot to offer, and they marry. But its an uphill climb for Archer to befriend Janes two children and to overcome the dead womans indelible image. The writing is never mawkish, and the two leads are so good they almost make you forget youve seen this story a hundred times before."

    Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three out of five stars upon release, stating "James Woods softens his image in "Janes House," a three star love story airing from 8 to 10p.m. Sunday on Channel 2. The intense actor takes a gentler approach to his role as a Long Island sporting goods retailer, still mourning his wife a year after her death."

    References

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