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Just Between Friends (1986)

 -  Drama  -  21 March 1986 (USA)
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Holly and Sandy strike up an instant friendship; they don't know however that they have more in common than they'd like. When tragedy strikes, their relationship is tested.

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Julie Payne ...
Karen
Beverly Sanders ...
Judy
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Helga
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Chip Davis
Read Morgan ...
Charlie
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Sandy Dunlap
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Harry Crandall
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Kim Davis
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Jeff Davis
Diane Stilwell ...
Carla
Jim McKrell ...
Bill
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George Margolin
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Holly and Sandy strike up an instant friendship; they don't know however that they have more in common than they'd like. When tragedy strikes, their relationship is tested. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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They loved. They laughed. They lied. All in the name of friendship.

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21 March 1986 (USA)  »

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Something in Common  »

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$6,408,791 (USA)
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The film's working title was "Something in Common." See more »

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[last lines]
Sandy Dunlap: Who gave you those shoes?
Holly Davis: A friend... an old friend.
Sandy Dunlap: Well, she has terrific taste. But who picked out the rest of your outfit?
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Christine Lahti walks away with the picture
10 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Situational drama from MTM scribe Allan Burns in his only feature film. Seemingly conceived as a vehicle for Mary Tyler Moore it doesn't really reach that potential due to some fundamental errors in casting.

That's not to say that the casting of the other roles is bad, it's not but the problem is that Mary, while fine in her part, is about a decade too old for her character. Not to be ageist but from references made by Mary and Ted Danson's couple it's understood that they are supposed to be the same age and they are clearly not. It's a distraction that continues even after Danson is out of the film.

All that aside the film is entertaining, if not terribly inventive, thanks to the solid work of the cast. Beside Mary and Danson Sam Waterson is endearingly nervous and a bit twitchy as Ted's best friend. But the performer who strolls right in and takes control of the movie and walks away with it is the infinitely talented Christine Lahti. Both tough and vulnerable she cuts through any potential sugary elements the film risks falling into, and there are several opportunities along the way.

Overall a film that at times bears too close a resemblance to a TV movie of the week but is made worth catching by the strong performers.


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