This writer and his wife were theater guests for this interesting film on opening night at Yelm Cinemas. We were delighted to meet the producers, who were introduced and answering audience questions after the show. We applaud Yelm Cinemas for offering these kind of independent films!
“”RAISING FLAGG” is a zany comedy-drama about a rural handyman, Flagg Purdy (Alan Arkin), who prides himself on being a man of principle though he often cant remember which principle. In one of his best comedic performances since the 1979 madcap blockbuster, “The In-Laws,” Arkins Flagg Purdy ekes out a living doing odd jobs for his neighbors while his wife Ada (Barbara Dana) sells cage-free chicken eggs.
Lovable but stubborn to the core, Flagg is easily overwhelmed by lifes little annoyances. Only Ada is able to look past his crusty exterior to the tender and vulnerable side of the father of their six children. Unfortunately, few of their eclectic clan share her feelings,” quoting the official website.
“”Raising Flagg” is the first major motion picture in years to be both financed and filmed entirely in Oregon. Directed by Neal Miller, the zany comedy-drama marks a reunion between the award-winning filmmaker and Oscar-nominee Alan Arkin and Barbara Dana who play the lead characters, Flagg and Ada Purdy.”
This movie is shown 5 times daily until February 15.
Yelm Cinemas at twilight
Photo from the Yelm Cinemas website