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Intimate Agony (1983)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  21 March 1983 (USA)
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Doctor Kyle Richards takes a job managing an office in the Hamptons where herpes runs rampant. He is frustrated by the community's denial and decides to go public with the epidemic to raise public awareness about the problem.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Kyle Richards
Arthur Hill ...
Dr. Holliston
Nick Todd
Penny Fuller ...
Lori Lethin
Dave Fairmont
Shawn Schepps
Harrigan Logan
Rebecca Birken ...
Norma Donaldson ...
Dr. Bryce
James S. Henerson ...
Bartender (as Jim Henerson)


A young doctor (Anthony Geary) takes a summer position managing an older doctor's office on a resort island in the Hamptons where he makes the disturbing discovery that herpes is running rampant throughout the affluent community. As Dr. Richards gets to know people better he learns just how much this silent epidemic has hurt real people. He is frustrated by the community's denial and makes the bold and extremely unpopular decision to go public with the epidemic to raise greater public awareness about the problem. Written by Dollanganger

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The Agony and the Ecstasy
17 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If this film doesn't make you rush out and join the Shaker religion nothing will!!! OK seriously, this is a great film which isn't preachy or ultra liberal. It's a great drama about people having to face the awful consequences of their irresponsible actions.

Dr. Kyle Richards (Anthony Geary AKA Luke from 'General Hospital') is a whistle blowing physician temporarily taking over a practice on a resort island (Not tropical, the Hamptons or something like it) of rich upper class whites.

Unfortunately Dr. Kyle quickly discovers that like so much of America the island is infested with STDs, including his close friends.

Instead of going ultra liberal and preaching "responsible promiscuity" Dr. Kyle encourages people to be open with their illnesses and most importantly tell their lovers! As his best friend Mark Harmon correctly despairs, if he tells women it will put an end to his promiscuous life. Dr. Kyle doesn't argue. He knows it's a good thing. It's just sad it took an incurable decease to make people do what they should have done long ago.

The cast is very impressive including as I mentioned Mark Harmon, Robert Vaughn as a corrupt real estate tycoon, and many more.

This film is very refreshing as it is very different from other self defeating films about STDs where an AIDS spokesman warns about the danger of AIDS and then says, "But go ahead and screw anything that moves as long a you wear a condom." Or the ridiculous commercials where people boast, "We're doing more to prevent the spread of genital herpes." DON'T DO MORE to prevent herpes! DO LESS and you won't get herpes!

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