The Last Dance
In this new made-for-TV movie, the legendary Maureen O’Hara stars as Helen Parker, a retired high school teacher who is unexpectedly reunited with a former student and winds up teaching him the value of living every day to the fullest. “The Last Dance” premieres on CBS, Sunday, 10/29/00 (9-11 PM, ET/PT).
Entertaining, moving and replete with life lessons, this is a gentle look at young people connecting with the elderly. Stoltz gives a nicely developed performance as a man so caught up in the busyness of life that he is missing out on the wonders of his good wife and growing children. He is tenderly reminded that life is a series of moments and how quickly they fly by. The film also gives tribute to the work of good teachers, those who inspire. And finally, it celebrates family and the blessings of everyday life.
Ms. O’Hara deserves special praise. She is one of the few remaining stars from Hollywood’s golden past and she still radiates. Tough, pragmatic, but also touching and, as ever, she remains a lovely Irish lass. What’s more, her character displays a reverence for God. It becomes apparent that she attends church and believes in the Heavenly Father. A gardener in her spare time, she tells the male lead, “Gardening is good for the soul. You do your part, and God takes care of the rest.” Although it is a very gentle film, the film does deal with an elderly woman who suffers from heart disease. Therefore, it may not be suitable for very young children.