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Anatomy of a Seduction (1979)

The story of a divorced woman who begins an affair with the college-age son of her best friend, and the effects it has on her relationship with her own son, who is not much younger than her lover.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Kane
Ed Taggert
Mark Kane
Michael LeClair ...
Ricky Kane
Dan Sawyer
Harry Jackson
Maitre d'
Ron Prince ...
Rod Colbin ...
Barry Michlin ...
Desk Clerk
Ernest Harada ...
Peter Turgeon ...
Maggie's Friend


The story of a divorced woman who begins an affair with the college-age son of her best friend, and the effects it has on her relationship with her own son, who is not much younger than her lover.

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Release Date:

8 May 1979 (USA)  »

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Anatomia de uma Sedução  »

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1.33 : 1
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Ed Taggert: How long was it before you knew exactly what it was you wanted?
Maggie Kane: I don't know that I ever did. I think it was probably just a series of binary choices. You know; this and that, this and that. All the little decisions seem to have been made for me. But umm... here I am. Kind of scary, isn't it?
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Lyrics by Michael Dees
Music by Hagood Hardy
Vocal by Michael Dees
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Sordid and Prurient TV movie
25 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Basically the story of a divorced woman who has an affair with her best friend's teenage son.

The woman (played by Susan Flannery -ex of Dallas) hangs out and keeps company with another divorcée (played by Oscar and Tony award winner Rita Moreno) One night, while alone with Moreno's teenage son (played by Parker Stevenson, best known for his role as one of the Hardy Boys) he confesses his love for her.

At first she tries to discourage his advances but eventually the loneliness in her life gets the better of her and she succumbs to him.

This begins an affair which she know will spiral to a disastrous conclusion should her friend find out.

Her friend, of course, does find out (she sees them leaving a hotel together) and this brings about the emotional climax that the rest of the movie has been leading to.

The mother confronts her son and he tries to calm her down, but she's having none of it. She storms out of the house determined to have it out with her former best friend.

The boy calls his mature lover and tells him that his mother is coming over to confront her about their affair.

He tries to convince her that his mother is angry and it would be best for her to get out of harm's way.

But by this point Flannery has fallen completely in love with Stevenson and is tired of sneaking around and wants it out in the open. She tells him to stay out of it at this point. Now it's between her and his mother!

By this point the older woman is just as angry as his mother.

If Moreno wanted to have it out, then Flannery would now gladly get into it with her!

She wasn't about to give up her young lover. At least not without a fight!

When Moreno arrives at her front door Flannery is ready for her and the two mature women proceed to have a bitter, emotionally charged battle. Both ladies scream at each other at the top of their lungs while chasing one another around the room.

The acting in this TV moving is very well done. Flannery and Moreno are old pros and it shows in their performances and Stevenson is believable as the son. If only the same could be said for the script. It reminds me of a Harliquen romance, full of cliché's and appealing to the naughty draw of forbidden fruit.

In other words, the movie is exactly what you'd expect from a TV drama titled 'Anatomy of a Seduction' and delivers what the viewer in the mood for this sort of thing wants.

By the way; although the title obviously refers to Flannery seducing Parker, it's actually the other way around.


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