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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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Motel clerk
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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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Theatrical film debut of Joan Allen. 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

Nancy Miller: Maybe he wouldn't go down on her.
Judith Singer: Don't you think murder is a little excessive?
Nancy Miller: No, I most certainly do not.
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Features Jane Eyre (1943) See more »

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One of the best
13 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the biggest surprises to come out of the 80's. I could watch it over and over....Susan Sarandon is great (a strong and dynamic woman trapped in a dull marriage to a total jerk) - Edward Herrman plays the perfect total jerk. Judith Singer's relationship with the lieutenant played by the wonderful late Raul Julia is beautifully played out. The funniest of all is Judith Ivey with her unbelievable delivery (especially the line about the cole slaw). The tongue in cheek parody of an annoyingly incestuous suburban community is handled with subtle humor and total class. I really recommend this movie!

BTW, Compromising Positions is based on the novel by Susan Isaacs; if you love the movie you will adore the book as well.


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