Three female frequenters of a steam room decide to fight its closure.

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Three female frequenters of a steam room decide to fight its closure.

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The final classic from acclaimed director Joseph Losey. See more »

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One of two 1985 British films which featured a group of women characters discussing life. The other picture was She'll Be Wearing Pink Pyjamas (1985). Steaming (1985) is a film set in inside interiors and adapted from a stage play by Nell Dunn whereas the other movie was alternatively set in outside exteriors. See more »

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Referenced in Home and Away: Episode #1.1047 (1992) See more »

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Steaming
Music by Richard Harvey
Lyrics by Robin Bextor (as Robin Ellis-Bextor)
Performed by Stephanie De Sykes
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Could have been sexier, less chatty.
6 September 1999 | by (San Diego) – See all my reviews

I probably would have never seen this movie if it were not for the fact that I was offered the part of Josie in the stage version. My husband and I sat down to review the film to help me decide if I would venture into my first role with nude scenes. I was partially happy with the film's adaptation and loved the performances. This is a chatty film, perhaps a little too much like the stage version, and the sets (though appropriately drab) could have been spiced up a little. Surprisingly this is not a sexy film at all (not completely devoid of charm and cuteness, the women are on the downhill side of middle age and their personalities only increase their speed down the hill.) I had read some lesbian or bi-sexual overtones into the script that don't translate well in this film. The director could have had the characters more nurturing and gentle with each other in massaging or bathing (unfortunately the film was made in the eighties not the nineties). Influenced by the film, I accepted the stage role. It's the only film I ever saw that influenced me to disrobe in front of family, friends, neighbors, and strangers so that must count for something.


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