In 1930's Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.
***Decide what you want to do and then DO IT, come what may*** In 1928, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Mary Steenburgen) in her early 30s moves to a blindly bought orange grove near the hamlet of Cross Creek, in northern Florida, which is located on a strip of land between two large lakes (Orange Lake and Lochloosa Lake). There she hopes to find the peace and privacy to launch her writing career. Peter Coyote plays a hotel owner from a nearby town that becomes fascinated by Marjorie while Alfre Woodard plays her maid. Rip Torn is on hand as an eccentric backwoodsman with Dana Hill appearing as his daughter who befriends a fawn. “Cross Creek” (1983) is a historical drama about the famous author of “The Yearling”; it’s also part wilderness drama. Shot on location in gorgeous Alachua & Marion Counties, the film’s worth watching just for the remote Floridian lushness. The theme is to die for as Marjorie DECIDES what she wants to do and then boldly (or stubbornly) DOES IT, come what may. Her first two short stories were published in 1931 and “The Yearling” in 1938, which won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was made into a movie in 1946. The boggy locations are similar to those in “Frogs” (1972) and “Swamp Thing” (1982) while the topic and themes are reminiscent of “The Whole Wide World” (1996) and “Sounder” (1972). If you favor the latter two movies and appreciate the locations of the former two, you’ll enjoy “Cross Creek.” The movie runs 2 hours, 7 minutes. GRADE: B/B+