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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
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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")
 
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(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.
Low-key, 2 November 2006
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Story about two young men in England--Philip (Angus Macfayden) and Eliot (Corey Parker)--falling in love. Philip tells his parents--his mother thinks it's a disaster--his father (Brian Cox) remains strangely quiet. It turns out HE'S gay too and his sons coming out is forcing him into a decision.

Low-key drama. I caught it on PBS (slightly edited) and then saw it complete on VHS in the early 1990s. I liked it but can't say I was too impressed. For starters the low-key aspect of the story was TOO low-key. Everything seemed muted. Macfayden and Parker were (surprisingly) terrible in their roles. I never believed these guys even liked each other, let alone love each other. So a crucial turn halfway through didn't carry the emotional weight it should have. The happy ending all around seemed too pat for me also.

Still it was brave to make a movie like this back in 1991 AND get it distributed. It was well-directed and well-written. Also Cox was excellent in his role. So, it IS interesting in terms of gay cinema--it portrays gay men in a realistic manner (especially having hunky, masculine Macfayden play one) but it just doesn't come across strongly enough. Worth a viewing but don't go out of your way.

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