Sunrise Film Stars Bill Murray as FDR
Throughout the last weekend of the month, the Sunrise Theater movie blends biography, drama and comedy in "Hyde Park on Hudson."
Bill Murray plays 39th President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a film centered around an eventful weekend in 1939, in which the king and queen of England visited FDR's family's estate in upstate New York.
The visit is an important one - the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) are facing imminent war with Germany, and are desperately looking to FDR for support from the U.S. as a strong ally to help repel Hitler's Third Reich.
But these international affairs must be juggled with FDR's domestic life, mostly involving women. These include his wife, Eleanor (Olivia Williams), his 91-year-old mother (Elizabeth Wilson), and his mistresses, particularly his fifth cousin, Dorothy "Daisy" Suckley, played by Laura Linney.
Daisy is also a shy neighbor who narrates the story depicting the royal weekend as a historic and unforgettable one. Richard Nelson's screenplay script was based on the real Daisy's private journals and diaries, discovered after her death.
According to critic Rex Reed, "Nelson draws a parallel between the trusting friendship that developed between two courageous, insecure world leaders (a stammering king on the verge of leading his country into war, and a polio-stricken president who had just guided his people through the Great Depression), and the painful discovery by his disillusioned lovers that FDR was a very different man than the one he projected to the world at large."
"Hyde Park on Hudson" was directed by Roger Michell and is rated R, lasting an hour and 35 minutes. It runs Thursday, Jan. 24, through Monday, Jan. 28, weekdays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $7, plus a $1 suggested donation toward a digital projection system for the theater. Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the historic Sunrise Theater, located at 250 NW Broad Street in Southern Pines. Refreshments available include fresh popped popcorn, and beverages, including beer and wine.
For information, call (910) 692-8501 or visit www.sunrisetheater.com.
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