Vinegar Hill

Vinegar Hill

Peter Werner (2004)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Although it's set in the early 1970s, the storyline of this melodramatic TV-movie drama has the ring of a 19th-century penny-dreadful. With painter husband Tim Guinee out of work, Mary-Louise Parker agrees to stay with his parents in small-town Wisconsin until their prospects improve. But, no sooner has she bumped into her old flame (who is now the sheriff) and Guinee has fallen for a lingerie store clerk, than father-in-law Tom Skerritt begins delivering brimstone diatribes reflecting his hypocritical belief in a vengeful God. The cast does a decent enough job, but too little is left to the imagination.


A couple lose their jobs and are forced to leave town with their children and move into the husband's family home, where the psychopathic patriarch rules the roost. Their new situation becomes increasingly fraught as their marriage is put to the test and dark secrets emerge from the past. Drama, starring Mary-Louise Parker, Tom Skerritt, Betty Buckley and Tim Guinee.

Cast & Crew

Ellen Grier Mary-Louise Parker
Fritz Grier Tom Skerritt
Mary Margaret Grier Betty Buckley
Jake Grier Tim Guinee
Director Peter Werner

Other Information

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