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
Cynthia Harris ...
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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On the Broadway stage, the film's source "Spofford" play by Herman Shumlin starred a top-billed Melvyn Douglas as Spofford. See more »

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Frank Spofford: Reuben! Reuben! What the devil are you doing?
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One memorable scene after another
11 July 2000 | by (Medford, Oregon) – See all my reviews

This film is a delight from first frame to last. Tom Conti delivers an Oscar-worthy performance, and after seeing this movie you'll be wondering why you haven't seen more of him in the ensuing years. One memorable scene after another and some lines of dialogue which have been indelibly imprinted on my brain ever since. I had a hard time finding this film on tape. A shame that so many inferior movies can be had by the bushel, and gems like this get lost...


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