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Duet for Four (1982)

| Drama | March 1992 (USA)
A middle aged man deals with various problems. His wife is cheating on him, his own mistress wants to get married, his daughter is showing signs of drug addiction, and his business may be taken over.

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Peter Aanensen ...
Senior Physician
Clare Binney ...
Jacki Nesbitt
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Toby Carroll
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Margot Mason
Warwick Comber ...
Cliff Ingersoll
Joseph D'Onghia ...
Unemployed young man
Gary Day ...
Terry Byrne
Arthur Dignam ...
Doug Quincey
Roy Edmunds ...
Advertising man
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Barbara Dunstan
Vanessa Leigh ...
Diane Sanders
David Morley ...
Dougal Dunstan
Justin Morley ...
Erik Dunstan
Rod Mullinar ...
Ken Overland
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Al Geisman
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A middle aged man deals with various problems. His wife is cheating on him, his own mistress wants to get married, his daughter is showing signs of drug addiction, and his business may be taken over.

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From the boardroom to the bedroom survival is the name of the game. [Home Video] See more »

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Four Handed Duet  »

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Reportedly, writer David Williamson first wrote the screenplay for this picture seven years earlier in 1975 after the success of his work on Petersen (1974), a movie also directed by this film's director Tim Burstall. Alternatively, Williamson has claimed that he was twenty-nine when he first wrote it, which dates its creation at 1971. See more »

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Despite being set (and filmed) in Victoria (Australia) in 1982, there are several scenes where the characters are not wearing seat belts in a car. Seat belts were made compulsory in Victoria in 1970. See more »

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Watchable but disappointing
18 March 2017 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe that a writer like David Williamson, who wrote terrific screenplays for films like "The Club" and "Don's Party" could make a dull film. It's hard to believe that director Tim Burstall, who'd collaborated with Williamson on the flawed but fascinating "Petersen", could make a dull film.

But unfortunately "Duet For Four" is a dull film.

This drama about a middle-aged businessman dealing with overseas takeover attempts, his ex-wife, troubled daughter and current partner seems potentially interesting but none of Williamson's usual incisiveness or Burstall's bluntness is on display.

It just ambles from one narrative incident to another without much passion or purpose. One suspects if DFF had been made in the mid-1970s it would've reflected the tumult, upheaval and radicalisation of that era and a more impassioned film would've resulted. But instead it feels complacent and safe.

That's not to say DFF is a horrible film. It's fairly easy to watch and has an interesting cast, including Diane Cilento in one of her rare post-1970 roles.

But overall this is a forgettable film and one of Williamson's weakest screenplays.


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