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Release Date:
25 May 1978 (Portugal) See more »
A man who wanted more than a wife...a boy who wanted more than a mother. See more »
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  (in credits order)

Joan Hackett ... Christine

Robert Klein ... Peter

Scott Jacoby ... Jamie
Jeanne Tanzy Williams ... Mary (as Jeanne Tanzy)
Glen Hayes ... Douglas

Phoebe Dorin ... Madge

James Karen ... Child Psychiatrist
Randy Digeronimo ... Tony
Frank Fiore ... Phil
Bill Herndon ... Bob
William Shust ... Culloux
Leib Lensky ... Rabbi
Viola Swayne ... Mrs. Sturgess
Craig Noel ... Salesman
Iris Whitney ... Matron
Ann Miles ... Girl
Ben Wilson ... First Policeman

Robert Kya-Hill ... Second Policeman
Manda Muller ... Young Filmmaker
Keith Luckett ... Young Filmmaker
Brian Lynch ... Young Filmmaker
Marti Muller ... Young Filmmaker
Adam Reed ... Young Filmmaker

Kent Klineman ... Young Filmmaker
Christopher Medina ... Young Filmmaker
Edward Dolphin ... Young Filmmaker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Imbriani ... Young Jamie
Eric w Simons ... Football Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Krishna Shah 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Krishna Shah 

Produced by
Mervin B. Dayan .... associate producer
Willard W. Goodman .... producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer
Original Music by
Peter Matz 
Cinematography by
Harvey Genkins 
Film Editing by
Arline Garson 
Production Design by
Warren Clymer 
Art Direction by
Warren Clymer 
Costume Design by
Charles D. Tomlinson  (as Charles Tomlinson)
Production Management
Willard W. Goodman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Behrman .... second assistant director
Joshua J. Shapiro .... assistant director
Sound Department
Dan Sable .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Sol Stern .... special effects
Alex Stevens .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Morton Gorowitz .... gaffer
Frank Shimko .... grip
Editorial Department
Mort Agress .... assistant editor
Music Department
Peter Matz .... conductor
Other crew
Arthur Allan Seidelman .... talent coordinator (as Arthur Seidelman)

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Also Known As:
"Deadly Rivals" - USA (video title)
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104 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Referenced in Teaser (1974)See more »
Uptown Downtown,See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A confounding absurdity..., 30 January 2007
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Joan Hackett--usually a strong, dependable actress--gets saddled with a silly role this time, playing a single mom who falls in love again, only to have her deranged pre-teen son interfere in her newfound happiness. Foolish soap opera is given a slight boost by Robert Klein (!) as Hackett's new beau, but Scott Jacoby is lost in the one-note role of the peculiar youngster. Wobbly low-budget film never seems sure what it wants to be: Oedipal thriller, relationship melodrama, psychological tragedy. In the end, it is none of the above, with a crippling final act that is played for the sensational. The jazzy background score by Peter Matz (!), complete with a romantic opening tune, is woefully out of place in this mother-son mishmash. Strictly for curio value. *1/2 from ****

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