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21 June 1984 (Australia) See more »
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.
A drunken Scottish poet who hasn't written a word in years feels compelled to regain control of his life and work after meeting a beautiful young woman. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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The most underrated film of our time- pure genius. See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)

Tom Conti ... Gowan McGland

Kelly McGillis ... Geneva Spofford

Roberts Blossom ... Frank Spofford
Joel Fabiani ... Dr. Haxby

Cynthia Harris ... Bobby

Lois Smith ... Mare Spofford
E. Katherine Kerr ... Lucille Haxby
Rex Robbins ... C. B. Springer
Kara Wilson ... Edith McGland
Jack Davidson ... George Spofford
Damon Douglas ... Tad Springer
Robert Nichols ... Harry Pycraft

Ed Grady ... Dr. Ormsby

Thomas McGowan ... T.V. Interviewer (as Tom McGowan)
Dan Doby ... Alvin
Scott Coffey ... Reverend Clayton
Barry Bell ... Man at Bar
Rene Copeland ... Girl at Bar
Roger Black ... Bartender

Angus MacLachlan ... Waiter (with chicken)
Mary Fran Lyman ... Mrs. Weyburn
Claudia Geraghty ... Club Woman
Joanne Morgan ... Club Woman
Gladys Lavitan ... Woman at Party
Mac McGuire ... Conductor
Paul Austin ... New York Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jayne Morgan ... Country Club Woman (uncredited)

Holland Taylor ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Ellis Miller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter De Vries  novel
Julius J. Epstein  writer
Herman Shumlin  play "Spofford"

Produced by
Dan Allingham .... associate producer
Julius J. Epstein .... producer
Walter Shenson .... producer
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
Cinematography by
Peter Stein 
Film Editing by
Skip Lusk 
Production Design by
Peter S. Larkin 
Set Decoration by
Jeff Ginn 
Costume Design by
John Boxer 
Art Department
Richard Waldrop .... property master
Ralph Woollaston .... lead carpenter
Jeffrey Schlatter .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Larry Hoff .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Barrow .... gaffer
Casting Department
Craig Fincannon .... extras casting
Music Department
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Other crew
Dawn Freer .... script supervisor

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101 min
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Debut filmed production of actress Kelly McGillis.See more »
Geneva Spofford:Are you alright?
Gowan McGland:No, I'm not alright. I never was alright. I never will be alright.
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Referenced in Remote Control (1988)See more »


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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The most underrated film of our time- pure genius., 2 April 2005
Author: Melissa Jeswald Dec from Boston, MA

Tom Conti,(who was nominated for an Oscar for this role as Gowan Mcland), gives one of the most brilliant acting performances I have ever seen. I was looking forward to more meaty roles from this great actor, but he seems to have disappeared, leaving this film as his greatest legacy. His character is a genius who is out of control, but Conti's talent depicts his situation as comic and tragic at the same time-no small feat-- while being absolutely sympathetic. To today's audiences, the pace may seen slow, but all is redeemed by the ending. This has by far the best ending of any motion picture, ever. The fact that this film is not out on DVD is shameful. Interestingly, this is Kelly McGillis' "introducing" film; she was showcased and it was made clear that she was expected to be a great star. She does shine in this role. The more relevant social commentary is the portrayal of women, after they have lost that flush of young love, tend to become disillusioned. We are left wondering whether Geneva Spofford (McGillis' character) will become like the other sad society women around her. See this movie if you have the chance-it won't disappoint.

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