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Marilyn Hassett ...
Mrs. Greenwood
Buddy Willard
Dr. Nolan
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Bea Ramsey
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Details a young woman's summer in New York working for a Mademoiselle-like magazine, return home to New England, and subsequent breakdown all amidst the horrors of the fifties, from news of the Rosenbergs' execution to sleazy disc jockeys and predatory college boys. Written by Remy <>

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Sometimes just being a woman is an act of courage.


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25 October 1979 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Canção para Uma Louca  »

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Director Larry Peerce and star Marilyn Hassett were married at the time of production. See more »


New York taxis, (unlike L.A. cabs) do not now nor did they ever have their telephone numbers on them. See more »


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Here Comes The Night
Written and Performed by Janis Ian
Produced by Janis Ian and Ronald Frangipane
Arranged and Conducted by Ronald Frangipane (uncredited)
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no, it's not the book, but...a flawed, intriguing interpretation nonetheless
2 December 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out, before I had read the book. It's impossible to capture the immensity of Esther's pain as she staggers toward oblivion, but watching the movie gave me a definite sense of a life in utter chaos. Yes, the film is flawed, but in my mind it stands alone as a separate entity. Marilyn Hassett's portrayal of Esther is terrifying--I haven't empathized so completely with a character on the brink of dementia since Kathleen Quinlan as Deborah in "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden." The supporting cast is equally solid--it's not their fault that there's just too much ground for one little movie to cover. Donna Mitchell stays in my mind as creating, in Joan's character, a young woman as doomed and in as much mental disarray as Esther. Mitchell is an amazingly underrated (and under-used) actress. I'm not sure if our boys would have given it two thumbs up, but it remains one of my closet classics.

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