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Bittersweet Love (1976)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  October 1976 (USA)
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Young married couple expecting a baby suddenly discover they are half-brother and sister.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Peterson
Howard Lewis
Marian Lewis
Robert Alda ...
Ben Peterson
Scott Hylands ...
Michael Lewis
Patricia Peterson (as Meredith Baxter Birney)
Denise DeMirjian ...
Nurse Morrison
John Friedrich ...
Josh Lewis
Amanda Gavin ...
Jerome Guardino ...
Jack Jozefson ...
Mr. Schoste (as Jac Jozefson Jr.)
Vincent Milana ...
Dr. Green (as Vince Milana)
Minister (as Erik Nelson)


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October 1976 (USA)  »

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Amor com Sabor Amargo  »

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Gig Young was replaced by Robert Lansing after only a few days of shooting, reportedly because he could not remember his lines. See more »

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pretty sad
31 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though an interesting premise, Bittersweet Love is kind of a mess. Lana Turner was a very beautiful woman, and certainly in her younger years had an undeniable charm and lightness, as in "Slightly Dangerous." By 1976, that girl is gone. Lana's name is used strictly as a gimmick to get people to watch - she doesn't do much except overact and wear that babushka she often wore with a fur coat. I can't remember if she wore sunglasses, but she usually did in that getup.

The story is intriguing if the stuff that soaps are made of. Without realizing it, a half-brother and sister fall in love, get married, and the woman (Meredith Baxter-Birney) becomes pregnant. It turns out that Birney was the product of a fling that Turner had with Scott Hylands' father. Once this is revealed, some tough choices need to be made. Incest is very repulsive to females, so sayeth one of the pundits in the story; Hylands, however, wants to have the baby and continue the relationship.

Celeste Holm and Robert Lansing are also in the cast, playing husband and wife. Bad mismatch. And, alas, not the only thing bad about "Bittersweet Love."

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