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Writer (WGA):
Ed Kaplan (written by)
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Release Date:
4 December 1988 (USA) See more »
A widow goes to her high school reunion and begins a relationship with an old boyfriend, now a successful doctor who has a much younger girlfriend. See more » | Add synopsis »
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Restrained Bea Arthur offering gives this film dimension. See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)

Bea Arthur ... Jean Miller

Richard Kiley ... Sam Morrissey

Joan Van Ark ... Claire Thomas

Barbara Barrie ... Ruth Waxman

Anne Francis ... Terry

Brett Stimely ... John

Richard Herd ... Chet Townsend
Kate Charleson ... Barbara

Edith Fields ... Marion

Julia Meade ... Chris Townsend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara C. Adside ... Marie Mitchell (as Barbara Adside)

Lewis Arquette ... Mark Grossman
Janet Brandt ... Mrs. Salsky
Freddie Dawson ... Inspector

Tom Fridley ... Ray McDonald

Jack Heller ... Marshall
Susan Johnson ... Bernice
Jeannette Kerner ... Annette
Carlos L'Dera ... Bowling Alley Counterman
Jeffrey Lampert ... Mr. Campbell
Al Maines ... Old Man
Larry Marco ... Martin Miller

Connie Mason ... Elle Lombardo

Jonathan Tisch ... Concierge
Reynaldo Silva ... Guy in Burger Joint (uncredited)

Directed by
Gilbert Cates 
Writing credits
Ed Kaplan (written by)

Produced by
Jon Avnet .... executive producer
Jordan Kerner .... executive producer
Gail Mutrux .... producer
Craig Zisk .... associate producer
Original Music by
Alf Clausen 
Cinematography by
Tom Houghton 
Mark Irwin 
Film Editing by
Debra Neil-Fisher 
Casting by
Reuben Cannon 
Monica Swann 
Production Design by
Roy Alan Amaral 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Smithline 
Costume Design by
Judy Evans 
Evelyn Thompson 
Makeup Department
Ronnie Specter .... makeup artist
Roxanne Wightman .... hair department head (as Roxanne Yahyavi)
Production Management
C. Tad Devlin .... unit production manager
J. Boyce Harman Jr. .... production manager: New York (as Boyce Harman)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeffrey M. Ellis .... second assistant director
Stephen Lofaro .... first assistant director
Art Department
Riley Morgan .... property master
Sound Department
Glenn E. Berkovitz .... sound mixer (as Glenn Berkovitz)
Ron Horwitz .... supervising sound editor
Mark L. Mangino .... dialogue editor
John O. Robinson III .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Findlay Bunting .... first assistant camera
Caleb Edwards .... key grip
Austin Goss .... gaffer
John L. Oates .... gaffer: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosalie Wallace .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Kyle Curry .... assistant editor
Location Management
Phillips Wylly Jr. .... location manager (as Flip Wylly)
Transportation Department
Bud Belyeu .... transportation coordinator
Bo Ehrig .... transportation captain
Other crew
Kathy Anderson .... assistant: Mr. Kerner
Leslie Bloom .... production assistant
Carol Chacamaty .... assistant: Mr. Avnet
Rosemarie Clemente-Johnstone .... script supervisor
Peggy Griffith .... assistant: Mr. Cates
Kincaid Jones .... production assistant
K. Lenna Katich .... production accountant (as K. Lenna Kunkel)
Valorie Keys .... assistant: Mr. Avnet
Andrea Lapins .... production coordinator
Lisa Lindstrom .... executive in charge of development
Bill Rollins .... production assistant
Jackie Traynor .... production assistant

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Brazil:100 min | 120 min (including commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Revealing mistakes: Obvious stunt double for Richard Kiley in the scene where he falls into the water at Central Park. The hair on the stunt doubles wig is fuller and whiter in the back than Mr Kiley's real hair.See more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Restrained Bea Arthur offering gives this film dimension., 3 October 2002
Author: Rainsford55 from Melbourne, Australia

Well worth a look for Bea Arthur fans, it's unlikely to win her any new ones. However I found Miss Arthur's overall performance to give the plot a depth that would have been lost otherwise. Filmed specifically for TV, it does come across as hurried and poorly developed and this is where it spoils. Also Joan Van Ark's "Claire" is little more than irritating.

Nicely dealing with a late-in-life love affair, the two main characters (Jean and Sam) rekindle their feelings with one another yet they both have obstacle's of their own to deal with first. Jean must put to rest her widowhood and Sam must set himself free from his fear of ageing and/or death. There are some comical moments that keep this alive and some of the supporting actors offer some interesting banter.

However it's saving grace is a rare appearance on film of Miss Bea Arthur, something to keep and cherish, offering us a subtle and restrained performance that gives this the depth that it needs. Miss Arthur is always going to be an American "First Love" and I recommend that this will keep you entertained.

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