Love Streams (1984)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  24 August 1984 (USA)
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Two closely bound, emotionally wounded siblings reunite after years apart.



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Albie Swanson
Eddy Donno ...
Stepfather Swanson
Joan Foley ...
Judge Dunbar
Al Ruban ...
Milton Kravitz
Tom Badal ...
Sam the lawyer
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Julie Allan ...
Mrs. Kiner
Frank Beetson ...
Neil Bell ...
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Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes in real life were married. In this film they portrayed a brother and sister. See more »


(at around 1h 40 mins) The camera crew can be seen clearly behind the taxi when Sarah brings the animals home to her brother. See more »


Robert Harmon: You see, everyone in the world is very screwed up.
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Forlorn Los Angeles
31 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is not a movie for "film buffs"; nor is it an "art- house" movie. Rather, "Love Streams" is for those who may be moved by seeing human emotion depicted, on-screen, in the most direct, natural way imaginable.The performances by the two leads are dead- on. Cassavetes, as the drunken writer/ playboy {who hints at his mediocrity with the vapid questions he asks of the female subjects of his presumably forthcoming book}, and Rowlands as his love starved, too-sensitive-for-this-world sister,make you care for them as if they were your own family. And the sense of place- weirdly atmospheric, forlorn Los Angeles, is effective. Another praiseworthy brother-sister movie to consider would perhaps be "You Can Count on Me".

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