First airs on CBS 4/16/00 9-11pm ET/PT. Hal (James Brolin), a handsome drifter, arrives in Elgin, Kansas looking for his college chum, Alan Benson (Ben Caswell), a wealthy young man whom he plans to ask for a job. Hal encounters and befriends Millie (Chad Morgan), the outspoken younger sister of the town beauty, Madge Owens (Gretchen Mol). Madge is about to become engaged to Alan on this, the night of the annual town celebration.
Hal attends the festival picnic as Millie’s escort, but is undeniably drawn to Madge. When sparks ignite between them, they leave the picnic together in a car Alan has lent to Hal. Jealous, Alan accuses Hal of stealing the car and his girlfriend. When Hal returns the car, an undercurrent of resentment that dates back to their college days surfaces between them.
Flo (Bonnie Bedelia) the girls’ mother, pins all her hopes for the future on her beautiful daughter Madge and believes marrying Alan will be the girl’s one chance at financial security and happiness. Madge, desiring to marry for love, not security, finds herself drawn to Hal.
The themes of Inge’s play are “to thine own self be true” and “follow your heart.” CBS has made a moving presentation with fine performances by all. Although one middle-aged couple checks into a motel and Hal and Madge stay out all night, we do not see any sexual situations. Indeed, this romantic drama is not about having sex, but about finding that one someone to share your life. Caution: The film contains adult themes and maybe unsuitable for children; Dove approves the movie at a 12+ level.