Private Sessions (1985)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  18 March 1985 (USA)
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A therapist goes outside his office and into his patients' personal lives to help them. He is treating a man who is hearing sounds but apparently there is nothing wrong with him ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Joe Braden
Dr. Liz Bolger
Denise Miller ...
Claire Braden
Mary Tanner Bailey ...
Millie Braden (as Mary Tanner)
Harry O'Reilly
Oliver Coles
Jennifer Coles
Mrs. Coles
Rosemary O'Reilly
Jerry Sharma
Paul Rogers
Johnny O'Reilly


A therapist goes outside his office and into his patients' personal lives to help them. He is treating a man who is hearing sounds but apparently there is nothing wrong with him psychologically. And a woman who despite being in a healthy relationship goes around picking up guys and having sex with them. She decides to seek help and what the doctor learns is that the problem goes back to her childhood and her family. Written by

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Secretos inconfesables  »

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But For The Clichés, It May Have Become A Series.
19 May 2005 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

This pilot produced as a possible television weekly series that did not come about, features a psychotherapist, Dr. Joe Braden (Mike Farrell), who becomes closely involved with his patients, away from his office, the plot blending two separate cases, an ostensibly compulsive nymphomaniac, performed by Kelly McGillis, and a cab driver (Tom Bosley) who is suffering from audio hallucinations; additionally, Braden's associations with his former wife and with his daughter, along with a possible new romance for him fill the landscape of the scenario. Farrell gives an obviously well prepared and nicely nuanced reading as a therapist who cares deeply for his patients, while McGillis and Robert Vaughn also provide strong performances for a film that is ably directed, acted and photographed; however, other than brief dialogue concerning matters of psychologic theory between Braden and a Freudian psychoanalyst with whom he shares a medical suite, at issue are serious mental and emotional maladies that are patly solved within the script in cavalier fashion, reducing the believability potential of Braden who apparently, during a television series, would be obsessed with problems of his clientèle week after neurosis-saturated week. The DVD version offers no extra features, other than an inadequate scene index.

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