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A Safe Place -- A strange young woman lives in a fantasy world where she can never grow up.

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Henry Jaglom (writer)
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Release Date:
1 October 1971 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A strange young woman lives in a fantasy world where she can never grow up. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Surprising See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Tuesday Weld ... Susan / Noah

Orson Welles ... The Magician

Jack Nicholson ... Mitch

Phil Proctor ... Fred (as Philip Proctor)
Gwen Welles ... Bari
Dov Lawrence ... Larry
Fanny Birkenmier ... The Maid
Rhonda Alfaro ... Little Girl in Rowboat
Sylvia Zapp ... Susan at Age 7
Richard Finnochio ... Noah's Friend
Barbara Flood ... Noah's Friend
Roger Garrett ... Noah's Friend
Jordon Hahn ... Noah's Friend
Francesca Hilton ... Noah's Friend
Julie Robinson ... Noah's Friend
Jennifer Walker ... Noah's Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Wendy Girard ... Partygoer (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Jaglom 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Henry Jaglom  writer

Produced by
Bert Schneider .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jim Gitter 
 
Cinematography by
Richard C. Kratina  (as Dick Kratina)
 
Film Editing by
Pieter Bergema 
 
Production Design by
Harold Schneider 
 
Costume Design by
Barbara Flood 
 
Production Management
Robert Barron .... production supervisor (as Bob Barron)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen F. Kesten .... first assistant director (as Steve Kesten)
Robert J. Koster .... first assistant director
Sharon Sachs .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Kenneth Fitzpatrick .... property master (as Ken Fitzpatrick)
 
Sound Department
Fred Bosch .... sound mixer
Jack Dalton .... boom operator
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Barlia .... camera operator (as Louis Barlia)
Vinnie Gerardo .... first assistant camera (as Vincent Gerardo)
Willie Meyerhoff .... gaffer
Martin Nallan .... key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Brennan .... wardrobe (as Edward Brennan)
 
Editorial Department
Roberto Zelaya .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Lynette Bernay .... assistant to the producer (as Lynn Bernay)
Suzan Haffey .... post-production secretary
Nancy Hopton .... script supervisor (as Nancy Tonery)
Marica Jacobs .... assistant to the director
Diane Katz .... production secretary
Marilyn La Salandra .... production coordinator
Jerome Samet .... assistant to production supervisor
 

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94 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating)

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Anaïs Nin said of 'A Safe Place,' "'A Safe Place' is a masterpiece! All the subtle dreams and fantasies which color our experience are captured on film for the first time. Henry Jaglom is the magician of America Cinema."See more »
Quotes:
Susan:OK. Now...
Fred:What's this? What's this?
Susan:This is my magic box. You've got to be very careful with it.
Fred:What does it do?
Susan:You put something in it that means something very special to you. And then you make a wish for something you really need to happen. When you need it to happen and not just when you're fooling around wanting something. And then you lock it and you don't open it until that something happens.
Fred:Does it work?
Susan:Well, of course it works... my magic box. Someone gave it to me.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
(Give Me) Something to Remember You BySee more »

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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Surprising, 28 May 2004
Author: laffinsal from California

This experimental piece of work, from Henry Jaglom, is actually something of a gem, if not for it's unique direction, for the typically stunning performance from Tuesday Weld. Weld is wonderful in her characterization of a simple, juvenile young woman, caught in the limbo between innocence and adulthood. This film is from the period which I consider Weld's peak. She is beautiful, charming and completely earnest in her delivery.

Others in the cast are interesting at best. Orson Welles is good as the father figure in Weld's life. Philip Proctor is not much acting wise, but at least he has a pleasant voice. That seems to have helped his career in the years following this film. Jack Nicholson is his typical cocky, slimy character in this one. I didn't feel his acting was anything new here, but his presence makes for an interesting triangle relationship.

The editing is choppy, utilizing audio and image clips flashing by, altered, and repeated again. It would seem to get old after a while, and it does to some degree, but it's effective nonetheless. There are some good vignettes here and there throughout the film, namely a scene where Weld describes to Proctor the importance of telephone exchanges. Not every actress could pull this off well, but Weld does so with empathy and charm...brilliant! The Ouija board scene also stands out, as do the ones of Weld and Welles in Central Park Zoo.

A fascinating and surprisingly engaging film. If for no other reason, it's worth watching for Weld's performance.

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