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Friday, April 21, 2006

DOLLY OF THE WEEK:


WILD TEXAS WIND DOLLY! I just discovered that my mother had this on videotape, and I can't wait to watch it. Dolly made this TV movie in 1991 and stars in a dramatic role as a Texas Swing band singer caught in a violent, destructive relationship that leads to suspense and murder. Thiola Rayfield (Dolly), known to her fans as "T", sings for a hard-working, close-knit band that makes its living on the road playing one bar after another. Then she meets and is swept off her feet by charming club owner Justice (GARY BUSEY!!!). However, "T" soon discovers that Justice has a dark side. He flies into violent rages, and soon members of the band cannot ignore the obvious signs that Justice has been abusing "T". They try to persuade "T" to leave Justice and go back on the road with the band. Justice won't let her go, setting off a series of plot twists that ultimately lead to murder and a shocking conclusion. CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THIS MOVIE EXISTS? How could I have not seen this before? Not since Farrah Fawcett in The Burning Bed will domestic abuse be so captivating, campy, and/or ultimately empowering.

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