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- Jonas Cemm
THE ABOVE REVIEWS HAVE LISTED HENRY FONDA AS STARRING WITH BETTE DAVIS IN RIGHT OF WAY . THE ACTOR IS ACTUALLY THE CELEBRATED JIMMY STEWART
Davis and Fonda Deal with Chosing to Die
Bette Davis and Henry Fonda are brought together late in both of their lives and careers after they began their young adult years as friends, then became acting colleagues. Being in this film together was far from their first time. This isn't their great classic "Jezebel," or their complex romance, "That Certain Woman," when both were so young. Instead, what this TV movie turns out ot be is a way of dealing with a contemporary moral & political issue: the right to die. One of the Dwyers is dying. After spending their married lives together, the other wants to die too. They are seniors. Reputable elders. As actors, trusted American legends with influence who are dealing with a very sensitive public issue: assisted or unassisted suicide.
Henry Fonda & Bette Davis on Dying
"Right of Way" is an appropriate title for a film about people having a choice about how and when they die. That's what the Dwyers (Bette Davis and Henry Fonda), an elderly couple, are facing. One of them is terminally ill. The other doesn't want to live without her. In short, they want to die on their own terms together. This is a timely made fot TV movie by two of Hollywood's most influential actors. During the 1980's, there was much ado about assisted suicide; an issue that remains unresolved. The medical profession, which strives to preserve life was thrust into a political issue about letting individuals choose not to live (under certain circumstances). Fonda and Davis do a marvelous job of presenting the issues US society faces through the challenges on couple had to cope with.
The Right to Die's the Issue
The Dwyer couple have already decided to die together when she (Bette Davis) comes down with a terminal illness. Her husband (Henry Fonda) has no intention of living without her. But, their daughter and a social worker she's brought into their lives have something different in mind. Ways to stop them from carrying out their intended joint suicides. This is one of many films that Davis and Fonda were paired in. This is their last together. Due to the political timeliness of the issue they are dealing withas well as this being their final film together, this is collectible when in mint condition. Both actors are in top form throughout this drama.
Bette Davis Took On Social Issues
Later in her brilliant career in acting, Bette Davis began taking on extremely significant social issues that effect people who are minority - statused. She wasn't about to do junk movies or films, but rather she chose to use the fame and recognition she had earned to make a social difference. Good for her! Way to go! This TV movie is with Henry Fonda. They play an older maried couple. Davis' character is diagnosed with a terminal illness (very close to the time when Davis herself is diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, then immediately after surgery has a severe stroke). The couple decides to suicide together. They'd lived their lives together and wanted to die together. But their daughter and social services are going to try with all their might to disuade them from doing so. This issue is about being older, unwell, and the right to die. Very significant social issues to consider. Two towering actors take on the primary issue at the time it's being argued by US society: the right to die. And to that I say to both Mr. Fonda and Miss Davis, right on! That's the right way to use your well earned influence--for socially empowering change. Not just to make silly horror films like some of their more obnoxious, self-centered contempories did.
The Dwyers are a senior couple played by Bette Davis & Henry Fonda. What they want to do is die together at a time of their own choice. This is a right to die themed made of TV movie. What is extraordinary about it is both of the lead performances by actual senior actors, especially during the early 1980's. That Bette Davis and Henry Fonda, who were both in their 70's, were STILL taking lead roles in great movies as intriguing characters who delivered socially relevant messages deserves all sorts of praise. Both lead actors were setting a new standard that would be very difficult for the next generation of actors to reach. They were shredding stereotypes for people of age. 70yo then was considerably older than it is today. That both major actors appeared as they really were was daring for that period.