Cinema: Heavy Weather

PIPE DREAMS Directed by STEPHEN F. VERONA Screenplay by STEPHEN F. VERONA

There is undoubtedly a good movie to be made about the Alaska pipeline —the rigors of construction, the boomtown atmosphere, the struggle between the exploiters and the exploited. But Pipe Dreams is not it. The old Yukon hands would have had a word for this pallid melodrama: mush.

A painfully nice Atlanta schoolteacher (Gladys Knight) journeys to Alaska in pursuit of her ex-husband (Barry Hankerson), who has been enjoying the high wages and low life that go with working on the...

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