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Rich in Love is a 1993 drama film directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Albert Finney, Kathryn Erbe, Kyle MacLachlan, Jill Clayburgh, Suzy Amis, and Ethan Hawke. It is based on the 1987 novel Rich in Love by Josephine Humphreys.
The Odom family lives in a large, white, Southern house in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, just off Pitt Street, looking out onto Charleston Harbor. Lucille Odom (Erbe) is nearing the end of her last year of high school when her mother, Helen Odom (Clayburgh), leaves the family, breaking all ties. Lucille is left to care for her recently retired father, Warren Odom (Finney).
The family spends the summer trying to get their lives together, which is complicated when the older daughter of the family, Rae (Amis), moves back home with a new husband (MacLachlan) and a new baby on the way, about which Rae has mixed feelings. While reminiscing about their mother, Rae tells Lucille that their mother tried to abort Lucille when she was pregnant. Warren notices his daughters in a new and different way now that his wife is gone and he is no longer working. Everything changes for Lucille as she comes-of-age and learns about her family in new ways.Albert Finney as Warren OdomJill Clayburgh as Helen OdomKathryn Erbe as Lucille OdomKyle MacLachlan as Billy McQueenPiper Laurie as Vera DelmageEthan Hawke as Wayne FrobinessSuzy Amis as Rae OdomRamona Ward as SharonAlfre Woodard as Rhody Poole
The film was set and produced in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Some additional footage was shot across the Cooper River in Charleston.
The film received mostly positive reviews. One drawback, however, was that many did not find the story believable, as the family's problems and happy ending were something of a fantasy. For example, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, giving the film three stars out of four, wrote "I must confess I didn't much believe the story".
The film was released on DVD via Amazon’s On-Demand service on December 15, 2009.
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