William Faulkner's Old Man

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William Faulkner's Old Man ★★½ Old Man 1997 (PG)

TV adaptation of a part of Faulkner's 1939 novel “The Wild Palms” that is set in the ‘20s. The “Old Man” in question is the mighty Mississippi, which has flooded leaving a pregnant Addie (Tripplehorn), abandoned by her husband, stranded and about to give birth. But prison-farm inmate J.J. Taylor (Howard) is sent by the warden to row to her rescue, becoming a surrogate father when the baby is born, and traveling the river to New Orleans to get mother and child to safety. 98m/C VHS . Jeanne Tripplehorn, Arliss Howard, Leo Burmester; D: John Kent Harrison; W: Horton Foote; C: Kees Van Oostrum; M: Lawrence Shragge. TV