An American Affair it loosely based on real events, although ultimately faily to capture those events on film. Still here's an interesting little tale of a woman with much "unofficial" power and her relationship with the boy next door...
Washington DC, 1963: the Cuban Missile Crisis is last year's news, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy's young administration is starting to hit it's stride. Behind the scenes, however, winds of discontent are swirling. Thirteen-year-old Adam Stafford has his own problems to deal with. At that uncomfortable age when both everything and nothing seems possible, he's a bit of a loner, a kid who spends too much time wrapped up in his own thoughts as he suffers through the daily grind of nuns, bullies, and girls at Holy Cross School. Until the evening his adolescent yearnings come to life: Adam spies a beautiful naked woman in the house across the street, and his curiosity is inflamed.
The woman is Catherine Caswell, a stunning thirty-something blond beauty who has just moved in. Captivated, Adam is determined to learn all he can about his new neighbour. Catherine is an artist, a divorcee and a confidante (if not more....) of JFK. Against all odds, an unlikely friendship blossoms between the innocent thirteen-year-old and the world weary survivor. but friendship is never enough, not in Washington, and not at the height of the Cold War. Catherine's hidden past soon catches up with them as she and Adam find themselves enmeshed in the growing confusion and intrigue leading to the assassination of the President.
I did find however that the character of Adam, played by Cameron Bright, was a little stiff and uninviting however there were scenes where he comes to life and really becomes someone you can admire - the painting scene being one particular case in point.
Ultimately my biggest reservation about this movie is how factual it is. How much of this movie really took place? Were these actually real characters? Sadly I haven't been able to find out much information online about these characters or events other then that, in real life, Catherin Caswell is actually Mary Meyer (you can read a lot more information about this very interesting woman here - although don't read it until after you see this movie).
This Blu-Ray release includes two audio tracks. Certainly the best option is the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which offers a clarity that can't fail to impress. If your player is incapable of decoding that format though, the disc also includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 track encoded at 640kbps. Sadly there are no subtitle tracks on this disc which is disappointing.
Deleted & Extended Scenes (5:54): Three scenes are presented here "Catherine's Son", "The Dentist" and "A Civil Servant". They are decent in terms of content but their actual presentation (Standard Definition, poor quality audio, and with time codes) leaves a bit to be desired.
Meet the Cast/Meet the Crew: Four pages with very short bios with the key cast and crew from the movie. Nothing too special here.
The Red Baron: Pixomondo Visual Effects Featurette (11:59): Obviously put on this disc for the upcoming Blu-Ray release of The Red Baron this is nonetheless an interesting look at the amount of, and effort that went into, the visual effects for this movie. It's worth a look.
The Red Baron: Music Clip - Reamonn: Open Skies (4:35): A music video clip from the upcoming movie The Red Baron.
Review By: Dave Warner