Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's memoirs of a sojourn in the Florida backwoods during the 1930s provide the loose basis of this film. Mary Steenburgen plays the author of The Yearling
, who retreats to the wilderness to observe the locals and renew herself creatively. Unfortunately, it's all very
pretty and pasteurized, though Rip Torn does a decent job as redneck Marsh Turner. Steenburgen's then real-life husband, Malcolm McDowell, is good as famed book editor Maxwell Perkins in an brief part. Alas, this uninspired, perfunctory literary bio isn't saved by its handsome visuals.