A drunken Scottish poet, who has not written a word in years, feels compelled to regain control of his life and work after meeting a beautiful young woman.

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Gowan McGland
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Geneva Spofford
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Frank Spofford
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Dr. Jack Haxby
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Bobby Springer
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Mare Spofford
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Lucille Haxby
Rex Robbins ...
C. B. Springer
Kara Wilson ...
Edith McGland
Jack Davidson ...
George Spofford
Damon Douglas ...
Tad Springer
Robert Nichols ...
Harry Pycraft
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Dr. William Ormsby
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TV Interviewer (as Tom McGowan)
Dan Doby ...
Alvin
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Gowan McGland is a half-Irish/half-Welsh Scottish poet with some renown. He is also a total s*** - a boozer, a womanizer (his conquests more frequently married than not), lazy, and a leech, with a deteriorating body and bad teeth, losing which he equates with death. He also has his charms, which, in combination with his renown, leads to him usually being able to get what he wants. His wife, Edith McGland, also a writer, is well aware of who he is, their marriage which is in name only, although they are still good friends. It is because of her profession and her connection that she has been commissioned to write his biography. Because he is lazy, he has not written anything in five years. He is on a speaking tour to earn what little money he has, currently on an extended stop in Woodsmoke, Connecticut. His reputation in almost every sense precedes him in Woodsmoke - including his womanizing where probably only the husbands of his conquests are unaware of what's going on, and his ... Written by Huggo

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Meet Gowan McGland, poet. He drinks and lies. Sleeps with other men's wives. He hasn't written a word in years...but every woman he meets falls in love with him.

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21 June 1984 (Australia)  »

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Amor e Boemia  »

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To date [June 2013], actor Tom Conti's only ever Academy Award nomination for acting. Though Scottish, Conti's performance in the film was not nominated for a BAFTA. See more »

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Gowan McGland: There's nothing I cherish more than the truth. I don't practice it, but I cherish it.
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Referenced in Between Two Worlds: The Making of 'Witness' (2005) See more »

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Intrigues, Humors & Surprises
20 October 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

REUBEN, REUBEN ****1/2 Tom Conti's role--Gowan McGland, a philandering Scottish poet suffering from writer's block and a depression--is drinking away his fears and tears in wanting something more. He finds fulfillment, however, on one of his gallivanting book tours when he falls in love with a youthful, spirited college student named Geneva. The impressive turns from Conti, Kelly McGillis (debuting here as Gowan's girlfriend), and Roberts Blossom (as Geneva's grandfather) are a must-see, but it's Julius J. Epstein's screen writing that drives the picture. This film, which opened in New York with a bang but petered into obscurity extremely quickly, will intrigue, humor, and often surprise you. Rated R. 1983

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