A Rumor Of Angels

on February 01, 2002 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
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A young boy (Trevor Morgan) still trying to deal with the death of his mother who died in his arms befriends an eccentric old woman (Vanessa Redgrave) who's still mourning her son's death in the Vietnam War. Their relationship galvanizes the boy's concerned stepmother (Catherine McCormack) and his neglectful father (Ray Liotta), who also can't cope with his wife's death.

If there was any doubt that Peter O'Fallon didn't have an original bone in his body, “A Rumor of Angels” should dispel it. O'Fallon's debut, “Suicide Kings,” was a shrill Tarantino rip-off; this movie's influences are less apparent but its clichés are as overripe as ever.

Competent but visually undistinguished, “A Rumor of Angels” hits its manipulative marks as the unlikely pair bond, are threatened with separation and then come to terms just before the predictably “tragic” ending. Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Ray Liotta and Trevor Morgan. Directed by Peter O'Fallon. Written by James Eric, Jamie Horton and Peter O'Fallon. Produced by Lisa Hansen, Paul Hertzberg and Peter O'Fallon. An MGM release. Drama. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, an accident scene and brief drug references. Running time: 94 min.

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