The original Broadway production of "Pack of Lies" opened at the Royale Theater in New York on February 11, 1985 and ran for 120 performances. Rosemary Harris was nominated for the 1983 Tony Award for Actress in a Drama for "A Pack of Lies." Hugh Whitemore wrote the stage play and the teleplay for the filmed production. See more »
This is a study of deceptions, small and large and their impact on people. Ellen Burstyn's character has little self confidence and no self assertion. She is a wife and mother totally emersed in the home and family. She is drawn out of her shell by her neighbour, Terri Garr, who encourages her to take some steps outside her small world, to draw and take classes. She is a friend. This is set in the fifties.
If this was set in the last twenty years the natural questions Ellen's character would ask herself is "why does this neighbour care? What does she want? What is in it for her?' If Ellen were in a work environment the pervasive politics, dissembling, lies and deceptions would be expected, even if the motives were unclear. The latter behaviour appears to us more Darwinian and animalistic and natural, whereas the former, "fifties" trust and closeness, doing things for each other appears dreamlike.
A movie to watch and rewatch.
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