The Portrait (1993)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  13 February 1993 (USA)
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After a long absence, artist Margaret Church returns to her aging parent's home to finish a portrait of them. Her parents, Gardner and Fanny Church, unbeknownst to Margaret have sold the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gardner Church
Fanny Church
Margaret Church
Donna Mitchell ...
Marissa Pindar
Joyce O'Connor ...
Samantha Button
Mitchell Laurance ...
Ted Button
Hubert Hayden
Augusta Dabney ...
Elizabeth Hayden
John Murphy ...
Charles Wicstrom
Marty McGaw ...
Amelia Wicstrom
John Bennes ...
Ed Lillard ...
David Chandler ...
Lucille Patton ...


After a long absence, artist Margaret Church returns to her aging parent's home to finish a portrait of them. Her parents, Gardner and Fanny Church, unbeknownst to Margaret have sold the family home and are moving. While coming to grips with the loss of her childhood home and the memories it held, Margaret must deal with many issues ranging from her father's frequent and disturbing memory lapses, to her feelings of isolation from her parents. Fanny and Gardner are totally devoted to each other and absorbed in their love and life together, making their daughter feel left out. While struggling to get her parents to sit still long enough to paint their portrait, Margaret thinks they don't take her or her painting seriously. A conversation with her father makes Margaret finally come to the realization that her parents love her, appreciate her painting career and that they can't and won't change at their ages. Returning to NY for her premier art showing with the finished portrait, Margaret... Written by E.W. DesMarais <>

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Working title: "Painting Churches" See more »


Remake of American Playhouse: Painting Churches (1986) See more »

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Lauren Bacall & Gregory Peck made it worth watching
19 August 2001 | by (Lochristi, Belgium) – See all my reviews

There are a lot of great names in this film; Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall and director Arthur Penn. Gregory Peck & Lauren Bacall had appeard in the film 'Designing Woman' in 1957. It was a wonderful movie and they became friends whilst filming the movie. Now they appear again in this tv-movie 'The Portrait'. It is a very weak story. The film goes about the life of two retired people how going to move away from there house. But there daughter (played by the real daughter of g. peck) came along and want to made a portrait of them. Nothing really new and very amusing, but I watched this movie because it was with lauren / betty Bacall how I still love watching on the screen, sadly she didn't appear in movie since The Diamonds with Kirk Douglas in 1999. I really hope she will appear soon again in a movie and maybe win her first oscar. I think everyone tried to made a good movie and there are also very good moments in it. But I saw the film with French voices and that wasn't good, I prefer the real voices.


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