WHO IS JULIA? (TV movie)
The world's first successful brain transplant. A medical team transplants the brain of a body-dead model into the body of a brain-dead housewife to the confusion of the surviving woman and the two husbands.
Jack is a confused and simple guy from Texas that just wants his beloved wife back. He has a lot of anger against hospital, and Julia; he has the potential for violence. He is determined, keeps trying to convince Mary Frances to come back to him. He is very sweet and gentle with his son.
JB was clearly cast because they wanted an actor known for villains so the viewers would think Julia might be in danger from him at end of film. Despite its stupid premise, the film works very well; better than it should, mainly because of Mare Winninghams strong performance that lets the film rise above soap opera. JB is very affecting as Jack, with very believable anger, confusion, and pain. Good scenes for JB include when he sees Mary Frances in the hospital bed, when he meets Julia's husband, and the final heart-wrenching confrontation with Julia. There is also a beautiful pan up his body when he walks into the hospital
Western shirts, mechanics coveralls, jeans and boots, with a light brown leather jacket. His hair is a little on the long side, and left to curl.
"Though bizarre, its a fascinating premise... despite Winningham's good performance the story's flaws undermine its shaky plausibility, making it more of a curiosity." Howard Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times, 10/26/1986, TV Times p.5.
"Romantic melodrama... her husband is a blue-collar mechanic (played by creepy Jonathan Banks) The story proceeds along moderately intelligent lines, and the resolution of the piece is not what one would expect." Tom Shales, Washington Post, 10/25/1986, Style p.1.
" Meanwhile, the mechanicwho claims he has been trickedintermittently skulks around, and finally persuades the woman to visit their son Later, actor Banks does get the most unintentionally perspicacious line of the piece: 'We never should have left Texas.' little more than a surgical soap opera." Clifford Terry, Chicago Tribune, 10/24/1986, Tempo p.5.
(About JB) "Average man auto-mechanic... story looks and sounds reasonable... More interesting though is the husband of Mary Frances, Jack (Jonathan Banks), father of her small boy. Jack, though he knows she's not Mary Frances any longer, can't stay away. ...and Banks, as the discarded husband, registers well... notable dramatic confrontation occurs when Julia goes home with Mary Frances' husband and he finally realizes the truth. It's a tough scene, well-handled." Variety, 10/29/1986.
"My God, you mean to say you can take another person's brain and put it in Mary Frances's body and she can walk out of here and not be Mary Frances?"
"I'm just a grease monkey."
"All I want is Mary Frances."
"So what do we do now, we sit around and cry?"
"I say it before, I say it again, we shoulda never left Texas."
"Oh, lady, are you sure?"
About 9 minutes in 13 scenes, throughout movie.