Run the Wild Fields
With the man of the house missing in action in WWII, a lonely 10-year-old girl and her mother find their lives changed by a mysterious drifter. It’s a film about the effects of the war on people back home as seen through the eyes of a young girl. Joanne Whalley is the strong-willed mother and Alexa Vega is her precocious daughter. Sean Patrick Flanery portrays the drifter, and Cotter Smith plays a jealous, but sympathetic, suitor. Airs on Showtime, 3/5/00 at 8:00P.M. (ET/PT).
“Run the Wild Fields” is a delightful film showcasing Mid-America circa 1943. The film depicts the lead characters as churchgoers, kind people who pray at suppertime and extend a helping hand to those in need. They are people of character. The woman, whose husband is missing and presumed dead by others in the town, falls for the drifter who has come to work on her farm. After forming strong feelings for each other, both are tempted to sleep together, but refrain, perhaps out of respect for the MIA husband or perhaps out of religious beliefs. Whatever their reason, the moment is very poignant because they realize there is more to this situation that just spending the night together.
This is a touching film, with a perfect performance from young Vega. The teleplay reminds viewers of what people on the home front went through during World War II. One special moment depicts the influence FDR had on America and how his death during a fourth term was devastating to the people who respected his efforts and his words of hope.