Skillfully directed by Peter Masterson, who called the shots on 1985's exceptional THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, this "small" comedy-drama takes place mostly in the Blue Water Grill, a nearly patronless small-town bar on the Texas Gulf Coast. Oblivious to the bar's failure, its owner, Hackman,
passes his days watching home movies of his missing wife, who has been given up for dead by everyone but him. The other resident of the Blue Water Grill is Burgess Meredith, Hackman's wheelchair-bound father-in-law, a cantankerous stroke victim cared for by former mental patient Koteas. The daily
routine at the grill is interrupted when Cooney offers to buy the property for $45,000 ...