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'Love Field'

August 13, 1995|Kenneth Turan

This 1992 production is one of those movies your heart wants to love but your head tells you not so fast. Under Jonathan Kaplan's sure direction, Michelle Pfeiffer is incandescent as the vulnerable and irrepressible Lurene, a Dallas beautician giddy to the point of hysteria over the imminent arrival of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline on Nov. 22, 1963. After the horrible news, Lurene sneaks off in the dead of night and boards a cross-country bus to Washington for the funeral. Along the way she crosses paths with a tall, somber African American (Dennis Haysbert) and his young daughter (Stephanie McFadden) with unexpected consequences. 'Love Field" is filled with jeopardy and too many coincidences, but even this doesn't kill its emotion (TMC Thursday at 9:05 a.m.).

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