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The Dark Side of Tomorrow (1970)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  April 1975 (USA)
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While their husbands are away on a hunting trip, two bored housewives get together to commiserate. One thing leads to another, and they wind up in bed. For one of the women the incident was... See full summary »

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Marland Proctor ...
Casey
Luanne Roberts ...
Producer's Wife (as Luan Roberts)
Elizabeth Knowles ...
Mona (as Elizabeth Knowels)
Jamie Cooper ...
Joe
Sally Federn ...
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Linda Handelman ...
Card Player (as Linda Hendelman)
Vince Romano ...
Waiter
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Geretta Taylor ...
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Russ Milburn ...
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While their husbands are away on a hunting trip, two bored housewives get together to commiserate. One thing leads to another, and they wind up in bed. For one of the women the incident was just a pleasant diversion, but for the other it's turned into a fixation, and when she sees her "lover" going after one of the male neighborhood hunks, things take a turn for the worse. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Sensitive focus on the increasing minority of women orphaned from love by the 8-5 male success fever. See more »

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Positive, sensitive portrayal of lesbianism.
12 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The plot for this film centers on the lesbian affair, between two lonely housewives. Both of these women are neglected, by their frequently absent husbands. After seeing two lesbians showing affection at a café one day, the two housewives become intrigued.

The wives wind-up turning to each other for companionship, and eventually, a love relationship. The bedroom sex scenes between the wives are romantic, and tastefully filmed. They are also shown cavorting with each other through a park, on a merry-go-round, and riding horses along the beach.

One of the wives is seduced by a handsome young man, and this causes a strain in the relationship between the two women. The young man was only using the woman for sex though, and then he leaves her. Afterwards, she's left to ponder whether the lesbian relationship with her friend, is truly right for her or not.

Overall, the treatment of lesbianism in this movie, was positive. Especially considering that this film was made back in the 70s. Women's lib, had only just begun to filter into mainstream society by then. Even though society was already in a post-Stonewall period when this movie was made, the mainstream media was still basically homophobic in the 70s.

So this film does stand-out, as one that treats the subject of lesbianism with sensitivity, and in a non-judgmental way. It was ahead of it's time, in showing that lesbians were just as human, and worthy of respect, as their heterosexual counterparts. It was a bold way, to portray lesbians on film in the 70s. Highly recommended, for those interested in seeing a film about a tender, loving lesbian relationship.


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