Original Air Date: march 25th, 1979
In the unspoken language of “you know it’s going to be a good movie” dictionary (of unspoken words, of course!), any 70s Made for Television Movie that not only references Mandingo, but also references seeing it at the drive-in, is a pretty good indicator that you’ve picked a winner.
Case in point, Sooner or Later is just such a film. Far bolder than most TVMs of today, this movie not only suggests Mandingo as an awesome make out movie, but it also supports the relationship of a 13 year old Jr. High student and a 17 year old up and coming rock star. Oh, and it just keeps getting better…
Rex Smith is Michael Skye, the lead singer of The Skye Band who are already playing at malls all around upstate
It’s a sweet romance, but the guilt is building up in Jessie and during a spirited make out session during, you guessed it, Mandingo, the truth comes out. Can he love a girl so much younger, if also that much wiser?
Sooner or Later is a fantastic movie. Written by Bruce and Carole Hart, who also penned the theme song to Sesame Street (!), this movie manages to be charming if completely preposterous. The fact that film actually supports the young lovers’ relationship definitely raises an eyebrow, but it’s handled in a very restrained manner, while still being slyly sexy. I mean c’mon, Rex Smith kind of oozes of sex, doesn’t he?