November 27, 2014
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That's entertainment: Twenty years ago
Don Fowler

"My Girl" was about an 11-year-old girl (Anna Chlumsky) who lived in a funeral home with her widowed father (Dan Aykroyd). It had a three-handkerchief ending, but didn’t do it for us.

Reese Weatherspoon played a 14-year-old in "Man in the Moon," another downer of a film for the holidays.

"Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" was one of the best in the sci-fi series.

The Christmas movies included a long but good "Bugsy," with Warren Beatty playing gangster Ben Siegel. There was a remake of the fifties movie "Father of the Bride" with Steve Martin playing the Spencer Tracy role. It was a pleasant diversion. The blockbuster was Oliver Stone’s three-hour and 10-minute "JFK."

Steven Spielberg brought us Robin Williams as "Hook," and Bruce Willis was a former secret service agent who saves the day in "The Last Boy Scout."

Nick Nolte starred in the soap opera "Prince of Tides" with Barbra Streisand playing his psychiatrist.

The nationally acclaimed comedy club Coconuts set up shop in Warwick’s Sheraton Tara.

Festival Ballet brought “The Nutcracker” back again.

My final story for 1991 praised the seventh First Night celebration in downtown Providence. Having been on the committee that planned the first First Night, I had a stake in the success of this mammoth undertaking. The original 1938 Errol Flynn classic, "The Adventures of Robin Hood," was shown on the big screen at PPAC, accompanied by Linc Pratt on the Wurlitzer organ. The evening ended at midnight with a glorious fireworks display. Jones and Boyce, Rhode Island’s fabulous dancers, were there, along with Wickford Express, Pendragon, the George Thomas Jazz Band, Dan Butterworth and his Marionettes and the Narragansett Bay Chorus. There was a strong Cranston/Warwick presence, with Greg Abate, Len Cabral, the Funny Farm Comedy Club and DJ Bill Lagasse, among others.


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