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Desperate Characters (1971)

 -  Drama  -  22 September 1971 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
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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Downbeat, depressing, truthful exploration of city dwellers...
3 October 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Not exactly a cheerful slice of life in the big city, DESPERATE CHARACTERS does bring a certain truth to its story of two middle-aged New Yorkers who seem to be losers in a world where everyday daily life is a struggle to get through. It has nothing that hasn't been said before, particularly by writer/director Gilroy who already gave us more of the same in his THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES. And as compared to another slice of city life, like A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, it suffers in comparison.

The trouble is the script which has all of the characters giving theatrical monologues revealing themselves in dialog that doesn't sound natural coming from these people. But SHIRLEY MacLAINE stands out among the cast with one of her better serious performances in a demanding role. She seems honest and real, despite some flowery dialog.

MacLaine herself dismissed the film as a failure in her autobiography, but it does have some holding power despite its downbeat effect.


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