On Valentine’s Day

Director: Ken Harrison
Screenwriters: Horton Foote

Institute History

  • 1986 Sundance Film Festival


On Valentine’s Day presents the emotional aftershocks of a elopement and the reconciliation of the family it has torn apart. The story is set in a small Texas town in 1917. A year earlier, Horace Robedaux (William Converse-Roberts), a self-make man from an emotionally and financially bankrupt family, eloped with Elizabeth Vaughn (Hallie Foote), daughter of the town’s leading citizen—a rigid, wealthy curmudgeon.

Though the elder Vaughns have rejected the young couple for a year, they eventually reconcile themselves, step by step, to Horace and Elizabeth’s future together. they too come to feel the great power of love in the young Robedaux’s marriage. On Valentine’s Day interweaves both the comedy and drama of such love, will all its possibilities of reconciliation and renewal. On Valentine’s Day is a prequel to 1918, also written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Horton Foote and directed by Ken Harrison.

Screening Details

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