Friendships, Secrets and Lies (1979)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  3 December 1979 (USA)
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Six former sorority sisters are suspected of murder when a baby's skeleton is found in the ruins of the sorority house.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Alice
Joan Holmes
Fran Bennett ...
Clarissa - the maid
Livia - Sandy's daughter
Cristen Kauffman ...
Miranda - Joan's daughter
Layne Plowden (as Cathee Shirriff)
Ivy Bethune ...
Miss Brenner - the librarian
Tricia Cast ...
B.J.'s Daughter 1
Kristi Jill Wood ...
B.J.'s daughter 2
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Six former sorority sisters are suspected of murder when a baby's skeleton is found in the ruins of the sorority house.

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Release Date:

3 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amistades, secretos y mentiras  »

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Except for the cinematographer, all the cast and crew on this film were women. See more »


Edyth: I haven't worn flats since I was FOURTEEN!
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10 September 2006 | by (Scranton, PA) – See all my reviews

This is not an excellent movie, but it's not that bad and worth a view. Like other posters have mentioned, there are no men in any of the scenes of this movie. Its six lead actresses are like a who's who from (mostly) the 70's era of films and TV comedies: Cathryn Damon ("Soap") is Martha; Paula Prentiss (The Stepford Wives) is Sandy; Shelley Fabares ("The Donna Reed Show"/"Coach") is Mary Alice; Tina Louise ("Gilligan's Island") is Joan; Stella Stevens (The Poseidon Adventure) is Edyth; and Loretta Swit ("M*A*S*H") is B.J. Sondra Locke, one of Clint Eastwood's many girlfriends, plays Jessie the reporter who is trying to determine which of the Sigma Beta Chi sorority sisters is the guilty party. The supporting characters are: Clarissa, Joan's maid who was the sorority housemother to all of the women in the mid-50's; Layne Plowden, the woman who stole Martha's husband from her; Livia, Sandy's daughter, and B.J.'s two daughters, who aren't given any first names. Oddly, none of these characters or the actresses portraying them are listed in the cast credits.

Watching this movie is like watching "Dynasty"... it shouldn't be taken too seriously and it's a "guilty pleasure" of sorts. The plot seems like it could have been taken from this show or any other nighttime soap of that era. I have an old tape of this movie, taped from TV in the 80's. I wanted to see it again after recently viewing the original The Stepford Wives movie in which both Paula Prentiss and Tina Louise co-star with Katharine Ross. Paula Prentiss steals all the scenes she's in in both movies and Tina Louise portrays similar characters in both movies. This movie is worth a shot if only to see if you can figure out "whodunit."

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