The Flamingo Rising
Hallmark Hall of Fame begins its 50th anniversary with its 208th presentation, “The Flamingo Rising.” Airing 2/4/01 at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on CBS, the comic drama is set in the 1960s. When wild and impetuous Hubert T. Lee (Benben) decides to build the world’s largest drive-in movie theater across the street from a funeral parlor, it sparks a spirited clash between Lee and funeral parlor director Turner Knight (Hurt). Caught in the middle of the warring parties are Lee’s wife, Edna (McGovern), and their two adopted Korean children.
Once again, Hallmark Hall of Fame delivers an amusing, often touching evening of entertainment. With an emphasis on the importance of family and the need for compassion and acceptance, “The Flamingo Rising” moves along at an involving pace and with great heart. While its protagonist, the free-thinking Hubert Lee, prefers science to religion and demands that things always go his way, his patient, loving, church-going wife adores him and gives a practical example of how spiritual people can exemplify their faith. Not yet rated, it does contain adult themes that may confuse little ones, and there is a death, which may disturb them. Therefore, Dove awards our seal of approval to this film, but recommends it for children 12 and older.