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"Great Performances" The Lost Language of Cranes (1991)

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David Leavitt (novel)
Sean Mathias (writer)
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Original Air Date:
14 November 1991 (Season 20, Episode 17)
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When a young gay man comes out of the closet. His friends support him, but when he comes out to his parents, he stirs up a wealth of hidden feelings and secrets in their relationship. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Brian Cox ... Owen Benjamin

Eileen Atkins ... Rose Benjamin

Angus Macfadyen ... Philip Benjamin

Corey Parker ... Elliot Abrahams

Rene Auberjonois ... Geoffrey Lane

John Schlesinger ... Derek Moulthorpe
Cathy Tyson ... Jerene Parks
Richard Warwick ... Frank
Nicholas Le Prevost ... Nick

Ben Daniels ... Robin Bradley
Frank Middlemass ... Alex

Nigel Whitmey ... Winston Penn
Edmund Kente ... Bob
Paul Cottingham ... Porno Boy 1
Tom Harden ... Porno Boy 2
Sjaak Van der Bent ... Singer

Adam Matalon ... Doorman
Ben McVeigh ... Crane Child

Episode Crew
Directed by
Nigel Finch 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Leavitt  novel
Sean Mathias  writer

Produced by
Ruth Caleb .... producer
Kimberly Myers .... executive producer
Mark Shivas .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Julian Wastall 
 
Cinematography by
Remi Adefarasin 
 
Film Editing by
Sue Wyatt 
 
Production Design by
Bruce Macadie 
 
Costume Design by
James Keast 
 
Makeup Department
Fran Needham .... makeup designer
 
Sound Department
John Pritchard .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paddy Blake .... assistant camera
Sean Savage .... assistant camera
 

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Directed by
John Doyle 
John Glenmeister (episode "Man Who Married a French Wife, the")
Nick Havinga (episode "Girls in Their Summer Dresses") (episode "Monument, The")
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marion J. Caffey  creator
Daniel Ezralow  creator
Josh Groban  creator

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UK:87 min
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Worth viewing, if you can find it..., 13 February 1999
Author: ziggy-22 from Las Vegas, NV

A son "comes out of the closet" to his parents. A movie that starts with this simple premise turns into a fascinating drama about the origins of sexual preference.

Is it genetics, environment or a little of both that influence the sexual preference of an individual? It is revealed later in the movie that the father is a repressed homosexual that did all the "right" things in his life. He married, had a son, and maintained a modest, conservative household. Outwardly, there was nothing wrong with his life. Inwardly, he was miserable.

A subplot cleverly approaches the environment question when a three-year-old boy is discovered abandoned by his parents and his unusual actions are studied by a social worker. The curious title for this film stems from this subplot.

In the end, how one deals with their sexual preference may be more important than knowing the origins of their preference.

The surprise for most will be Rene Auberjonois ("Deep Space Nine"), for his non-stereotypical portrayal of an openly gay man.

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