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Before and After (1979)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  5 October 1979 (USA)
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An overweight housewife has to confront her weight problem when her husband leaves her because of it. She has a happily married and overweight friend and an unhappily thin, engaged friend ... See full summary »

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Carole Matthews (as Patty Duke Astin)
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Jack Matthews
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Penny
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Mike Farmer
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Marge (as Conchatta Ferrell)
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Helen, Carole's Mother
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Ben Fryer
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Les (as Randolph Powell)
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Anita
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Ed
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Dr. Haymner
Jennifer Kramer ...
Jennie Mathews
Tara Lynn Bottorff ...
Lisa
Joseph Patrick Gilday ...
Lou
Debbie Barbour ...
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An overweight housewife has to confront her weight problem when her husband leaves her because of it. She has a happily married and overweight friend and an unhappily thin, engaged friend who is starving herself to fit into her grandmother's wedding gown. The housewife diets and exercises down to her goal weight in time for the wedding, but the thin woman collapses at the reception due to her rigorous dieting. Written by Anonymous

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Awesome!

I have seen many movies starring Patty Duke and this one was so different. I have seen this movie MANY, MANY times (and can recite the words to it from beginning to end), and learn something new each time. It is amazing to me that, because of the time period when it was written, although eating disorders existed, they were portrayed differently. In this movie, the words "eating disorder" were never even uttered, yet the message was clear. "Before and After" clearly portrayed the impact food and weight has on women -- even in 1979. It also showed how women can feel very comfortable or very uncomfortable with their size, and how that plays out in other areas of their life. All of the angles were right on the money -- from Marge to Carole to Penny -- each of those interpretations is extremely realistic. Extremely well done -- I just wish I knew what would have happened to Penny.


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