- Love at Stake
Love at Stake is a 1988
comedy film, directed by the creator of the TV series The Ed Sullivan Showand director of " The Werewolf of Woodstock" John C. Moffitt, based on a screenplay by Lanier Laney and Terry Sweeny. It stars Patrick Cassidy and Kelly Preston, with Barbara Carrera, Bud Cort, Dave Thomas and Stuart Pankin. Joyce Brothersmakes a cameo appearance as herself.
The film is an obvious spoof of the infamous
Salem witch trials, moving in the Mel Brookscomedy vein in " Blazing Saddles", moving in the anarchic comedy films genre that was popularized in that time by the Monty Pythonfilms and from the Zucker, Abrahams and Zuckerfilms.
The film was distributed by the
Hemdale Film Corporation. Many critic reviewers on film reviews websites were wondering why Moffitt's film had a short theatrical life and why it didn't become a cult classic. Filming took place in Kleinburg, Ontario.
Miles Campbell, having graduated from a
Christiandivinity university, arrives in the town of Salem, Massachusettsto become the local parson's assistant. He meets with his childhood sweetheart, baker Sara Lee, and he seems to have plans to marry her. Meanwhile, greedy Judge Samuel John arrives to meet with the idiotic Mayor Upton to discuss a (anachronistical) Mall problem for Salem. Needing land to bring their plan to life, they scheme of witch trials which will allow them to confiscate the land of those who will accused of witchcraft, after burning them. The plan seems to go well as the god-fearing Puritanvillagers seem to believe the judge's message, after they are awakened by the parson's shrewish mother. However, saucy Londonlady Faith Stewart (secretally a real witch) arrives in Salem for Thanksgivingwith her cousins, and seems to fall for Miles. To grab him away from Sara, she accuses her for witchcraft and Miles must prove the opposite before she is trialed and burned at the stake.
Cast of characters
*Patrick Cassidy as Miles Campbell
Kelly Prestonas Sara Lee
Barbara Carreraas Faith Stewart
Bud Cortas Parson Babcock
Audrie J. Neenanas Mrs. Babcock, the parson's mother
Annie Goldenas Abigail Baxter, Faith's cousin
David Grafas Nathaniel Baxter, her husband
Stuart Pankinas Judge Samuel John
*Dave Thomas as Mayor Upton
Georgia Brownas Widow Chastity
Anne Ramseyas Old Witch
Norma MacMillanas Aunt Deliverance Jones, Sara's aunt
Mary Hawkinsas Mrs. Priscilla Upton
Jackie Mahonas Belinda Upton, the mayor's daughter
Dr. Joyce Brothersas Herself
Colleen Karneyas Adulteress
Catharine Gallantas Constance Van Buren
Jayne Eastwoodas Annabelle Porter
Nick Ramusas Chief Wannatoka
John Moffitt (director)
*Writers: Lanier Laney and
Terry Sweeney(both of " Saturday Night Live" fame)
Anarchic comedy film
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093443/ "Love at Stake" on the Internet Movie Database]
* [http://www.andyfilm.com/11-22-05.html Aisle Seat review]
* [http://www.badmovieplanet.com/unknownmovies/reviews/rev149.html The Unknown Movies review]
* [http://www.theseriouscomedysite.com/showreview.php?r_id=475 The Serious Comedy Site review]
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