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Redwood Curtain

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Director  John Korty
Sequel  Journey
Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Cinematography  Ronnie Taylor
Country  United States
Redwood Curtain movie poster
Release date  April 23, 1995 (1995-04-23) (Television debut)
Based on  Redwood Curtain  by Lanford Wilson
Writer  Lanford Wilson (play), Michael De Guzman (teleplay)
Cast  Jeff Daniels (Lyman Fellers), Lea Salonga (Geri Riordan), Debra Monk (Geneva, Laird's Sister), Catherine Hicks (Julia Riordan), John Lithgow (Laird Riordan), Shirley Douglas (Schyler Noyes)
Similar movies  Related John Korty movies

Concert pianist Gerri Riordan (Lea Salonga) was fathered by an American soldier and born to a Vietnamese mother. Adopted by Laird (John Lithgow) and Julia (Catherine Hicks), Gerri grows increasingly curious about who her father was. After hard-drinking Laird dies, Gerri decides to learn more about her past by visiting Geneva (Debra Monk), Lairds sister, who lives in Californias Redwood Forest. There she spies Vietnam veteran Lyman Fellers (Jeff Daniels) and becomes convinced hes her father.


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Redwood Curtain is a 1995 American dramatic TV movie created by Hallmark Hall of Fame, and directed by John Korty based upon the 1993 Broadway play of the same name by Lanford Wilson. Starring Jeff Daniels, Lea Salonga, Debra Monk and John Lithgow, the film debuted on ABC on April 23, 1995.


Redwood Curtain was filmed in Northern California. The film was adapted by Ed Namzug and based upon Lanford Wilsons 1993 play of the same name. Hallmark brought Debra Monk, who was part of the original stage production, to the telefilm to reprise her role of Geneva Riordan.


In her search for her biological father, an Amerasian piano prodigy comes to Californias redwood forests to an area populated by Vietnam veterans unable to reintegrate into society.


  • Jeff Daniels as Lyman Fellers
  • Lea Salonga as Geri Riordan
  • Catherine Hicks as Julia Riordan
  • John Lithgow as Laird Riordan
  • Debra Monk as Geneva Riordan
  • Shirley Douglas as Schyler Noyes
  • Vilma Silva as Zenaida
  • Joy Carlin as Mrs. Cole
  • Steven Anthony Jones as Nate Stone
  • Jarion Monroe as Leon Shea
  • Cab Covay as Mad John
  • R. Blakeslee Colby as Reverend Grant
  • Jonathan Korty as Dennis McCaw
  • Reception

    Variety noted that the original stage play was a "spookily amorphous affair", and that it included an "edgy, funny performance by Debra Monk." Of the television film, they called it a "ponderous, cliche-riddled adaptation", with a performance by Monk that suffered in her character having her "spirit drained". Conversely, they commended director John Korty in his drawing "a nicely restrained performance out of John Lithgow".

    Awards and nominations

  • 1995, Cinema Audio Society Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Movie of the Week, Mini-Series or Special
  • 1995, Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Miniseries or a Special
  • References

    Redwood Curtain Wikipedia
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