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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Singer
David Suarez
Nancy Miller
Peg Tuccio
Bruce Fleckstein
Phyllis Fleckstein
Dicky Dunck
Brenda Dunck
Mary Alice Mahoney
Kaiulani Lee ...
Scotty Hughes
Tanya Berezin ...
Newsday editor
William Youmans ...
Motel clerk
Amanda Lyons ...
Kate Singer
Chris Cunningham ...
Joey Singer


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 <>

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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 »


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 »


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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The secret life of vegetables. Vegetarians beware!
30 June 2000 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

A good script (with adult themes) and an excellent cast make this a most enjoyable caper-comedy about the secret life of an upscale dentist. What this one does with vegetables gives one pause about eating salads anywhere but home, as Judith Ivy (particularly good as an oversexed suburban housewife) dryly points out in one of the funniest lines in the film. The movie is fast-paced with very good direction and production values. Maybe not quite a "10," but close to it.

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