American Playhouse: Season 1, Episode 4

Who Am I This Time? (2 Feb. 1982)

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From a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Christopher Walken is a shy hardware store employee. But whenever he takes a part in a local amateur theater production, he becomes the part completely-... See full summary »

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Helene Shaw
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Harry Nash
Robert Ridgely ...
George Johnson
Dorothy Patterson ...
Doris
Caitlin Hart ...
Lydia
Les Podewell ...
Les
Aaron Freeman ...
Andrew
Jerry Vile ...
Albert
Paula Frances ...
Minnie
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Ron Parady ...
Debbi Hopkins ...
Christie
Maria Todd ...
Heather
Sandy McLeod ...
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Edie Vonnegut ...
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From a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Christopher Walken is a shy hardware store employee. But whenever he takes a part in a local amateur theater production, he becomes the part completely--while on stage. Susan Sarandon is new in town, a lonely itinerant telephone company employee. On a whim, she auditions for and gets the part of Stella to Walken's Stanley when the theater group does A Streetcar Named Desire. Before anyone realizes the growing affection between Helene and Stanley, she falls deeply in love with the sexy brute, not knowing what the real man is like. Written by Reid Gagle (with corrections by Fiona!)

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In Vonnegut's short story, the character George Johnson is the first-person narrator. He meets Helene while trying to sort out a phone bill and asks her to try out for the local play. See more »

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[as Stanley Kowalski, in the audition]
Harry Nash: [shouting] Pearls, ropes of 'em. What is this sister of yours - a deep-sea diver?
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Walken and Sarandon are Excellent
6 January 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Walken gives a funny, sweet performance as a community theater acting dynamo and heart-throb -- who's so shy he can't hold a conversation unless it's scripted.

Sarandon is also very good as the woman who falls in love with him and attempts to bring him out of his off-stage shell.

To be honest, though, this TV movie suffers a bit from very cheap production values, occasionally weak direction, and mediocre performances by much of the rest of the cast -- even apart from their purposely amateurish play-within-a-play acting.

In addition, it's one of the few movies I've seen that's actually too short. It would have benefited from at least one more off-stage scene further developing Walken's and Sarandon's characters.

Still, I like it a lot and highly recommend it.


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