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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

Cast overview:
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Frances Austen
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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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Trivia

The film met with scathing reviews. Indeed one of the film executives who hired Robert Altman told him that if he had seen the kind of film the director would ultimately deliver, he never would have hired him in the first place. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Robert Altman (2001) See more »

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1 April 2006 | by (Northern Ca.) – See all my reviews

What I find remarkable about this terrific film, is that Altman, the crazy and wild guy that he is, took the novel THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK and the Sandy Dennis character was originally a male in the book. He was a mentally whacked out isolated gay who looked out of his apartment window when he spotted the hustler. It is strange that Altman fans aren't aware of how clever he was to change the sex of the main character; thereby avoiding the homo erotic taboos of gay life in the 60's and actually making Dennis' reclusive kind of madness work even better in the transposition.If you see the film again, it will be evident how wily the Altman mind works...


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