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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
Kaiulani Lee ...
Scotty Hughes
Tanya Berezin ...
Newsday editor
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Motel clerk
Amanda Lyons ...
Kate Singer
Chris Cunningham ...
Joey Singer
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Storyline

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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Women Would Rather Kill Than Miss an Appointment With Dr. Fleckstein


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30 August 1985 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,014,756 (USA) (2 September 1985)

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$12,531,831 (USA)
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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 »

Goofs

When Nancy and Judith are talking in the car, a crew member's finger can be seen poking Susan Sarandon's back to cue her in about delivering her lines. 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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References Psycho (1960) 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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