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Laura Lansing Slept Here (Telefilm)

 

Picture: C†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: D†††† Telefilm: C-

 

 

There was a time when big movie stars came to TV, it was an event and the material was usually interesting, even if it was a guest skint on one of Lucille Ballís shows.By the 1980s, that assurance started to wear off and the usually capable director George Schaeffer convinced Katharine Hepburn to do Laura Lansing Slept Here (1988) in a misfire that is surreal versus Miss Hepburnís high quality career.

 

The story has the author Lansing accepting a bet she cannot stay with a boring middle class family for a while without leaving.Her new novel is in trouble and she does not believe it, so she does this as a distraction.Unfortunately, it is a bratty 1980s TV family and melodrama ensues, combined with dumb comedy that makes this feel like Hepburn is in a sitcom.The family is crass and shrill, badly written and with little chance for the actors to overcome the script.Remarkably, Lansing does not go on a killing spree.This is the nadir of Hepburn on TV and is best skipped.

 

The 1.33 x 1 image looks like it is from professional videotape and who knows how this was shot, but it is soft and the color is not that great.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is passable, but that bad music does not help and is a annoying as the family.There are no extras, but we are all better off.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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