Preview Theater episode #157 broadcast on February 20, 1997
Featured in this week’s episode:
THE ENGLISH PATIENT (WINNER!)
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair. THE ENGLISH PATIENT stars Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, and Willem Dafoe. It’s directed by Anthony Minghella.
Jerry Lundegaard’s inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen’s bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. FARGO stars William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, and Steve Buscemi. It is directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.
When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him. JERRY MAGUIRE stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Renée Zellweger. It is directed by Cameron Crowe.
SECRETS & LIES
A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone’s secrets are exposed. SECRETS & LIES stars Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, and Phyllis Logan. It is directed by Mike Leigh.
Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim. SHINE stars Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Justin Braine. It is directed by Scott Hicks.
Here’s a list of all the 1997 winners.