The casting of Dutch actor Rutger Hauer as the patriarch of a family of backwoods New Englanders is symptomatic of the slippery grasp this film has on its source material, the best-selling novel The Beans of Egypt, Maine
. In fact, the entire cast undermines this Yankee update of GOD'S
Alcoholic and pugnacious, Reuben "Ruby" Bean (Rutger Hauer) rides roughshod over his brood until a run-in with the marshal over illegal deer hunting lands Ruby a jail stretch for assault. While Ruby serves time, kin Beal Bean (Richard McGaw) pesters his woman, Roberta (Kelly Lynch), then
impregnates teenaged neighbor Earlene (Martha Plimpton), the rebellious ...