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Compromising Positions (1985)

An ex-newspaper woman who is now a suburban housewife can't resist getting involved in an investigation of the murder of a philandering dentist who had been having affairs with several of her neighbors.

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Judith Singer
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David Suarez
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Nancy Miller
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Peg Tuccio
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Bruce Fleckstein
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Phyllis Fleckstein
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Dicky Dunck
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Brenda Dunck
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Mary Alice Mahoney
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Scotty Hughes
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Newsday editor
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Kate Singer
Chris Cunningham ...
Joey Singer
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Judith Singer is a housewife, out of the journalism business for many years. When a dentist she has been seeing (who has a strong bedside manner even while female patients are still in the chair) is found murdered, she finds that a neighbor is a suspect. She begins to investigate. This places her in danger from the murderer, from the women who have had affairs with the dentist, and from the police who begin to wonder why she is always at the scenes where clues are discovered. Her husband becomes angry at what is happening, placing strains on her family as she finds herself more and more attracted to the police detective investigating the murder. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Film debut of Jason Beghe. See more »

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When Judith visits David Suarez at the police station, a boom mike is seen retracting above his head as he sits with his feet on his desk. See more »

Quotes

Bob Singer: I promise, on Sunday, 24 hours a day: total Fleckstein.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Bland suburbia is no place for a colorless mystery...
12 September 2004 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Hard to believe it from this black comedy, but director Frank Perry used to excel with stories about headstrong women shaking off the chains from their men and finding answers on their own. Therefore, it's rather sad to see Susan Sarandon so open-mouthed and hesitant here, kowtowing to a perfectly dreadful Edward Herrmann in the opening scenes of "Compromising Positions". After her lascivious dentist is murdered, Sarandon goes against hubby's wishes and helps detective Raul Julia solve the case. It's too late; too much compromising has been done on Perry's part and whatever visual interest there is early on has sputtered. Is there nothing more depressing than a deadening plot taking place in dullsville surroundings? Perry used to stage high-wire acts in the hearts of high-strung, big city women. Here, he plants his camera on mowed lawns and points it at front doors. The dentist is the lucky one. *1/2 from ****


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