Fifth of July

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Released 1982

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Director:
Marshall W. Mason
Released:
1982
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Fifth of July is a 1982 film adaptation of the award-winning play by Lanford Wilson about a family gathering in rural Missouri that reflects on the disillusionment after the Vietnam War. In the summer of 1977, Ken Talley (Richard Thomas), a paraplegic Vietnam veteran, and his boyfriend, Jed Jenkins (Jeff Daniels), are hosting a get-together at his childhood home. His sister, June (Joyce Reehling), arrives with her daughter, Shirley (Cynthia Nixon), along with family friends, John (Jonathan Hogan) and Gwen Landis (Swoozie Kurtz). Gwen just inherited a large industrial copper conglomerate but dreams of becoming a country singer. John wants to negotiate the purchase of Ken's home, so that Gwen can convert it into a recording studio. Underneath the surface of a pleasant get-together lie some dark secrets, such as John being Shirley's father. John now wants to be a parent to teenage Shirley. Then, Ken and June's aunt, Sally (Helen Stenborg), arrives to throw a wrench into the house sale.moreless

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Drama

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Love & Romance, Social Issues