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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.



(screenplay), (novel) (as Richard Miles)
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Cast overview:
Frances Austen
The Boy
Susanne Benton ...
David Garfield ...
Nick (as John Garfield Jr.)
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 ...
The Rounder


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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Release Date:

8 June 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aquele dia frio no parque  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack Nicholson was very keen on playing the role of 'the boy'. He even discussed it with Robert Altman in his office. But Altman turned him down: "Jack, I think you're just too old." See more »


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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Remade as No Skin Off My Ass (1991) See more »

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A word to the wise.
15 December 1998 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you remember how Sandy Dennis charmed your socks off in "Up The Down Staircase," be forewarned, she WILL creep you out in "That Cold Day in The Park." Remember to tell yourself, that this is only a movie, and she was only an actress...and a damned good one.

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