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Desperate Characters (1971)

Marriage of a midlife, middle-class, childless couple is in a rut. Sophie has become depressed, frigid and slightly paranoid and Otto is stuck in optimistic denial. Things escalate at their summer cottage, but no one dares call it quits.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sophie Bentwood
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Otto Bentwood
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Claire
Jack Somack ...
Leon
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Charlie
Chris Gampel ...
Mike Holstein
Mary Alan Hokanson ...
Flo Holstein
Robert Bauer ...
Young Man
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Young Girl
Michael Higgins ...
Francis Early
Michael McAloney ...
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Wallace Rooney ...
Man on Subway
Rose Gregorio ...
Ruth
Elena Karam ...
Saleslady
Nick Smith ...
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Sophie and Otto Bentwood are set in their ways. And unsettled in their hearts. They're Desperate Characters, trapped in a marriage that no longer works... yet unable to break free. In a performance widely cited as a career breakthrough, Shirley MacLaine portrays Sophie in this compelling grown-up drama that, in its own jolting way, is a love story. Written by Anonymous

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22 September 1971 (USA)  »

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Hova tűnt szép napok  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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Shirley MacLaine won the Silver Bear award and the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Actress. Her role as Sophie Brentwood was acclaimed by critics at the time and is known as one of the finest performances of her career. See more »

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Referenced in An American Family: Episode #1.11 (1973) See more »

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Not a ray of sunshine
18 December 1999 | by (Austin Tx) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most depressing films I have ever seen and I loved every moment of it. It follows a couple through a somewhat ordinary but also traumatic day in their lives. They are staying together because they are used to each other, not because they really still love each other. Shirley MacLaine and Kenneth Mars give great performances!


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