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Paul's Case (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  11 February 1980 (USA)
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Lost in a world of fantasy, young working-class Paul dreams of escaping his dreary existence in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh. As fate would have it Paul gets his chance by stealing some ... See full summary »

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Lost in a world of fantasy, young working-class Paul dreams of escaping his dreary existence in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh. As fate would have it Paul gets his chance by stealing some money and subsequently running off to glamorous New York City. Written by Anonymous

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Bland acting knows no genre

I love the story of Paul's case, a fervent wish for beauty in a dull boring life, but I felt that Eric Roberts did not truly get a grasp on his character, so he played Paul as boring and dull as his surroundings. Even when he does get to New York, and the kind of life that he wished- if only for a short time- you see no change in his reactions to the surroundings. Costumes and settings were wonderful, supporting actors were fine. I just felt that for a character that the whole story revolves around, we should have had a little more insight into motivations- it's easier when it's read in a story. All in all, an acceptable attempt.


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