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This was a surprisingly enjoyable TV movie with a good performance from
lead, Victoria Principal.
After her married lover of nine years dies, she is left with nothing, having no one to take care of her and no work prospects in her chosen field of acting.
During the next five months she struggles to find work, or another true love, meeting various new men and old flames along the way.
All this leads up to the bleaker-than-usual ending for a fictional TV movie. Enjoyable
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I was really surprised when Victoria Principal didn't get nominated for an Emmy for this TV movie. It's easily her best acting and she really did deserve an Emmy for work her work in this. She plays Rae Colton, a beautiful woman who realizes that she will never make it in Hollywood and is broke and on her own when her married lover (Don Murray) dies, begins to spiral downward as she tries to cope with her grief and rebuild her life. What I like so much about this movie is that the ending was not the usual fake, happy ending in a lot of movies like this. Rae goes through everything from being mistaken for a whore by a German businessman she gets drunk and has sex with, to being stood up in Las Vegas by an old high school classmate she had hoped to build a relationship with. Her mother can't accept that Rae just didn't make it in Hollywood and she bumps into her former fiancé to find out he is happily married. With no money and no one to turn to, she becomes the mistress to another married, rich businessman. The movie ends on a down note when she expresses to her friend Margo that she wishes she could be like a deer and just die, the way deer can when they are hopelessly trapped. I think this is one of the best TV movies ever, and Victoria Principal should be very proud of her work in this. Find this on video and you will be pleasantly surprised.
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