Story of the meteoric rise and sudden fall of Karen Carpenter, who became a famous singer before battling anorexia and bulemia.

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Story of the meteoric rise and sudden fall of Karen Carpenter, who became a famous singer before battling anorexia and bulemia.

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1 January 1989 (USA)  »

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Richard Carpenter has said in the liner notes of the "Carpenters Gold: 35th Anniversary Edition" CD, that he regretted making, being apart of, and endorsing this TV movie. He also claims that many of the scenes are fictitious. See more »

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The first time at the Magic Lamp recording studio, there is Karen on drums, a double bass player and Richard on piano. When Karen starts singing in the right key (A) we then cut to a Carpenter sound track that with an electric bass and an oboe. See more »

Quotes

Agnes Carpenter: Here take one of these.
Richard Carpenter: What is it?
Agnes Carpenter: Something called qualuuds, to help you sleep.
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Connections

Features The Third Man (1949) See more »

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Love is Surrender
Written by Ralph Carmichael
Performed by The Carpenters
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A Good tearjerker
27 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every time I hear Karen Carpenter's voice, there is that old familiar feeling of 70's blues. What an overwhelmingly beautiful and mature voice she had. Cynthia Gibb cast in the title role does a good job, however, I thought Karen Allen would have been a better choice. This is a tearjerker movie that does a fine job of presenting the professional careers of Karen and Richard but also the personal struggles that Karen dealt with and her disease. The recording sessions in Herp Albert's studio are very nicely done. However Karen Carpenter turned out, there was a time when she was very special and brought a great deal joy to her fans and music lovers. Even if you weren't a Carpenter's fan this is a nice story that depicts how a great talent can fall victim to the pressures of society.


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