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That Cold Day in the Park (1969)

R | | Drama | 8 June 1969 (USA)
A rich but lonely woman, Frances Austen, one day invites a boy from a nearby park to her apartment and offers to let him live there.

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Cast overview:
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Frances Austen
Michael Burns ...
The Boy
Susanne Benton ...
Nina
David Garfield ...
Nick (as John Garfield Jr.)
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Sylvia
Edward Greenhalgh ...
Dr. Stevenson
Doris Buckinham ...
Mrs. Ebury (as Doris Buckingham)
Frank Wade ...
Mr. Ebury
Alicia Ammon ...
Mrs. Pitt
Rae Brown ...
Mrs. Parnell
Lloyd Berry ...
Mr. Parnell
Linda Sorensen ...
Prostitute
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The Rounder
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Robert Altman's sadly neglected film that, along with his later "Images", fits into the unconventional psycho-thriller mold. A bizarre story with Sandy Dennis as a spinster who takes in a handsome young man (Michael Burns) who is pretending to be mute. She imprisons the boy and supplies his every need, including a prostitute (Luana Anders), whom she goes out and brings home for Burns' pleasure. Written by alfiehitchie

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HOW FAR WILL A WOMAN GO...to possess a 19 year-old boy? See more »

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8 June 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aquele dia frio no parque  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Frances Austen: I'm not going to get under the covers or anything. I'll just lay on top. I have to tell you something. If you feel that you want to make love to me, it's all right. I want you to make love to me. Please.
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Patience Pays
30 August 1999 | by (Somewhere, USA) – See all my reviews

This film requires a lot of patience. Because it focuses on mood and character development, the plot is very simple and many of the scenes take place on the same set - in Frances Austen's (the Sandy Dennis character) apartment. But the film builds to a disturbing climax.

The characters create an atmosphere rife with sexual tension and psychological trickery. It's very interesting that Robert Altman directed this, considering the style and structure of his other films. Still, the trademark Altman audio style is evident here and there. I think what really makes this film work is the brilliant performance by Sandy Dennis. It's definitely one of her darker characters, but she plays it so perfectly and convincingly that it's scary. Michael Burns does a good job as the "mute" young man. Regular Altman player Michael Murphy has a small part. The solemn, moody set fits the content of the story very well. In short, this movie is a powerful study of loneliness, sexual repression, and desperation. Be patient, soak up the atmosphere, and pay attention to the wonderfully written script.

I praise Robert Altman. This is one of his many films that deals with unconventional, fascinating subject matter. This film is disturbing, but it's sincere and it's sure to elicit a strong emotional response from the viewer. If you want to see an unusual film - some might even say bizarre - this is worth the time.

Unfortunately, it's very difficult to find in video stores. You may have to buy it off the internet.


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