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

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Writers:
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
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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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
learning the language of honesty in relationships, 7 June 2005
Author: John Frame (johnvframe@yahoo.com) from Brisbane, Australia

I have not read the David Leavitt novel on which this film is based, and though I'm certainly keen to do so, I do not believe it would be a prerequisite for any sensible person to follow the storyline or to empathise with the struggles and joys of these characters.

Nigel Finch has done a magnificent job in allowing us to study every nuance of interaction between the characters - spoken dialogue is certainly a minor aspect of their communications.

This is the only film I know of which deals with angst over what must be a common enough fact of life among gay men and lesbians - that one of their parents is also gay. This angst has nothing to do with genetics, but as shown in the film, everything to do with a culture which stifled honest communication in favour of dutifully mimicking the apparent norm.

Beautifully textured in sight and sound - and with superb acting from all players. This is an ideal conversation starter for any husband or wife with some (perhaps unsurprising) news that they need to share with their partner.

An especially empowering film for any gay man who suspects their dad could have made some radically different life choices if born in the current age.

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