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Compromising Positions (1985)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery  |  30 August 1985 (USA)
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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
Kaiulani Lee ...
Scotty Hughes
Tanya Berezin ...
'Newsday' editor
William Youmans ...
Motel clerk
Amanda Lyons ...
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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Susan Sarandon has stated that money was a big factor regarding her decision to make this film. Not terribly enamored by her character, she agreed to do the film because she was pregnant with her first child at the time and it would allow her to take time off after giving birth. See more »

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Nancy Miller: I mostly want lots of good, straight sex.
Judith Singer: What about affection, caring, love?
Nancy Miller: I get love from Larry. I do love Larry. And he loves me.
Judith Singer: So why the other men?
Nancy Miller: Because they give me what Larry can't. Passion. Excitement. Novelty.
Judith Singer: Can't you get that from Larry?
Nancy Miller: Can you get that from Bob?
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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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