The Feud

A petty altercation between two men (Rene Auberjonois and Ron McLarty) in a small-town hardware store sets off a protracted squabble after the store accidentally burns down; the Romeo and Juliet involvement of two teenagers from their families adds to the complications. There are a few minor virtues in this low-budget first feature by Bill D’Elia, which he scripted with Robert Uricolamost of them having to do with the 50s small-town setting and (one suspects) the Thomas Berger novel the movie is adapted frombut a feel for comedy, alas, is not one of them. With Joe Grifasi, Scott Allegrucci, Gale Mayron, and David Strathairn. (JR)

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