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22 September 1971 (USA) See more »
Sophie and Otto Bentwood are set in their ways. And unsettled in their hearts. They're Desperate Characters... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Shirley MacLaine ... Sophie Bentwood

Kenneth Mars ... Otto Bentwood

Sada Thompson ... Claire
Jack Somack ... Leon
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Charlie
Chris Gampel ... Mike Holstein
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Flo Holstein
Robert Bauer ... Young Man

Carol Kane ... Young Girl
Michael Higgins ... Francis Early
Michael McAloney ... Raconteur
Wallace Rooney ... Man on Subway
Rose Gregorio ... Ruth
Elena Karam ... Saleslady
Nick Smith ... The Caller
Robert Delbert ... Hospital Attendant
Shauneille Perry ... Woman Doctor (as Shauneille Ryder)
Gonzalee Ford ... Nurse
Patrick McVey ... Mr. Haynes
L.J. Davis ... Tom

Directed by
Frank D. Gilroy 
Writing credits
Paula Fox (novel)

Frank D. Gilroy (written by)

Produced by
Frank D. Gilroy .... producer
Paul Leaf .... co-producer
Original Music by
Ron Carter 
James Hall  (as Jim Hall)
Lee Konitz 
Cinematography by
Urs Furrer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Q. Lovett 
Art Direction by
Edgar Lansbury (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Herbert F. Mulligan 
Costume Design by
Sarah E. Gifft 
Production Management
Norman I. Cohen .... production manager (as Norman Cohen)
Michael Haley .... assistant production manager (as Mike Haley)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Norman I. Cohen .... assistant director (as Norman Cohen)
François Moullin .... assistant director (as Francois Moullin)
Art Department
Robert Reilly .... property master (as Robert F. Reilly)
Sound Department
John H. Bolz .... sound mixer (as John Bolz)
Jack Dalton Jr. .... sound boom operator
Thomas Halpin .... sound editor
Sanford Rackow .... sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... re-recordist (as Richard Vorisek)
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Gerolomi .... gaffer (as Louis Girolami)
Ronald M. Lautore .... assistant camera (as Ron Lautore)
Louis S. Toth Jr. .... grip (as Louis Toth Jr.)
Tony Girolami .... best boy (uncredited)
Ron Mazzola .... grip (uncredited)
Charles Moore .... still photographer (uncredited)
Morton O.M. Segal .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Vic Ramos .... extra casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Peggy Farrell .... wardrobe (as Peggy M. Farrell)
Editorial Department
Geraldine Fabrikant .... assistant editor
Frederick Shaine Jr. .... assistant editor
Irving Rathner .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James Giblin .... transportation captain (as Jim Giblin)
Ed Wilson .... driver
Other crew
Roberta Hodes .... script supervisor
Adeline Leonard Seakwood .... production secretary (as Adeline Leonard)

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USA:97 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Not a ray of sunshine, 18 December 1999
Author: brinkus-2 from Austin Tx

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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